Who can resist the face of a cute little kitten that is staring at you from behind a cage. It is begging you to take it home and something inside of you seems to open up and want to take them home right away.
It can be a difficult decision knowing which kitten or cat you want to adopt from the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Those who decide to take one home are saving a little animal’s life. You are promising to save them from the horrible life that they once had and taking them to a much better home.
Guidelines For Adopting A Cat
Those who work at the SPCA in the city that you live in will work with you to find the kitten or cat that would be best suited for the type of life style that you have. There are a few simple guidelines that you should follow that will make the adoption process much easier.
In order to adopt a cat you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid form of identification that has your current address, and a letter from your landlord giving you permission to have a cat at your residence.
Before you arrive try to decide whether or not you want to care for a kitten or start with a fully grown cat. Kittens are definitely fun to have around and are so free and cuddly. However, they do get in trouble a lot more because you have to train them. While an older cat knows what to do and is more calm and set in its ways. If you are choosing one for you and your family include them in the decision.
Fill out a preliminary adoption questionnaire at the SPCA. They need to know what kind of a person you are to make sure that you are the right person to be adopting a cat. They need to make sure that they are going with someone that has a good home and can take care of them.
Let your children come with you to help choose a cat. You can see which one they truly love and which ones might scare them.
Make sure that your home is ready before you bring the new family member home with you. It is best to do this while they are inspecting the cat you have chosen. Remember to give them their own litter box, food, food bowls, sleeping area, and a few toys.
It is important that your new cat feels loved. Spend plenty of time with them and teach your children how to handle them. You don’t want them to be scared in their new home. Be patient with them and let them become more accustomed to you and your new home. It might take a few days or even a week.