Care & Feeding

Adopting a Cat: A Little Research Goes a Long Way

Whether acquired through a breeder, pet store or local animal shelter, cats can be a great addition to households and loving new family members—but it’s important to do some research and find the best pet for your lifestyle.Take some extra time to talk with the breeder, pet store or shelter staff to learn how you can provide the best possible care for your new pet. Make sure you understand your pet’s history, personality, behavior and needs as best as possible.

During National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month in June, consider some questions you that will want to ask when adopting a new cat. For example:

  • Does the shelter know if the cat has any medical history?
  • Is the cat being treated for any current illnesses or existing conditions?
  • Did the shelter test the animal’s behavior?
  • Does the shelter know how the cat responds around small children or other animals?
  • Is there an adoption fee and what does the cost cover (such as a veterinary exam)?
  • Is the cat spayed or neutered?

Click here to read some additional suggested questions. When you are ready to adopt a cat, a little research can go a long way in ensuring a long and health life.