WOOF, er, purr! Cats are pawsome critters. My cat brother was one cool dude- a Maine Coon who was pawsome around the house.

My human mom looked around awhile before she adopted a cat. She found her first cat through a friend needing to re-home their cat. The second one, looking through websites like www.petfinder.com and www.adopt-a-pet.com. She found rescues, and their volunteers, like Homeless Animals Rescue Team (www.hart90.org) and PetConnect Rescue (www.petconnectrescue.org) to be pawsome resources. Barkingly, rescues, humane societies or shelters will be there should problems arise later.

When you are adopting a pet there are many items you need to consider. For everyone to be happy, it isn’t just picking a cat off a webpage, or at an adoption event and taking it home. Everyone in your family must be involved.

Meows, consider the time investment. A cat can be with you for 20 years, sometimes more- maybe longer than your mini-humans. Be pawsitive you are willing to make this commitment!

Cats can be pawsome meowingly purrrfect pets for those living in small spaces like apartments and condominiums. However, make certain the landlord or homeowners association permits pets! Cats should not be considered “outdoor” as they will live healthier lives indoors and be much happier being near you- though they may not always show it! MEOWs!

Purringly, make sure you have time to care for your cat. Though cats do not require as much time as dogs, you must have at least an hour a day to bond with your cat making sure he is healthy and well. Barkingly, long-hair breeds require daily grooming. Talk to the rescue volunteer about a cat’s time requirements as they can vary. Sometimes, adopting two cats are better than one- siblings or longtime littermates. Doing so, allows buddies to play with. Paws, a kitten will require more time since you will need to be there for their “antics” while a senior cat would require less!

Take a look at your budget. Be sure you can afford Veterinary care, good quality food and treats, and grooming. While cats naturally groom themselves, sometimes long-hair breeds require a groomers expertise.

Consider the household you will be bringing the cat into. Have other cats? Will the new one fit in? Do you have mini-humans? Mini-humans can be rough on a kitten. Are you an active household running all the time? Will the cat you select fit in with your lifestyle?

Meows, consider health issues in your family. Many humans are allergic to pet dander, saliva, dead skin, and urine. The cat’s hair length can reduce issues too.

Take time to consider what cat companion you would like. When my human mom was looking for a cat, she chose Maine Coon as they are known to be gentle giants, sometimes act like dogs and are good for humans who haven’t been around cats- like my human dad! Do you want a cat to cuddle and hang-out or want one to entertain you? Do your research. Visit Animal Planets Cat Breed Directory. Talk to rescue volunteers.

Paw Two - Next Week!

My friend “Cat Lady” from PetConnect Rescue brought by a few friends for you to meet!

Meet Hope and Hannah - they hope to be adopted together. The sisters enjoy playing with toys, wrestling, watching birds and good food! The two have great purr motors, are healthy and have started their shots. Meowingly, they are ladies with their litter box! Their young ages require an adopter who is home most of the day!

Contact PetConnect Rescue, http://www.petconnectrescue.org, email: info@petconnectrescue.org or call 1-877-838-9171

My friend from Homeless Animals Rescue Team has a few friends for you to meet too!

Meet Lexie- A sweet highly affectionate girl, who loves cuddling with her human, is well-behaved and has lady-like litterbox manners. She uses a scratching post instead of furniture! MEOWS!! She purrs up a storm! Lexie enjoys being your one and only- cat that is- she will be a pawsitive delightful companion for someone home enough to give her attention.

Meet pawsome Luna, a spunky, playful and social kittie! She’s pawfect for humans looking for a single kitten. A great match for the experienced at human. Luna requests no mini-humans. She wants to be your “only child!”

Contact Homeless Animals Rescue Team, www.hart90.org, 703-691-HART, hart90office@hart90.org.

About Me:

I, Noah, am Pawthor of www.fromthedogspaw.com- A blog about dog adoption, humor, dog adventures and facts about dogs and cats. Pawlease follow us by email to enjoy our adventures.

Noah is the Dog to his human, Allen Pearson, a Dog Photographer and Writer, www.allenpearsonsphotos.com, www.facebook.com/AllenPearsonsPhotos.com, www.instagram.com/fromthedogspaw.

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