Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing my stories of cat adoption; a pawsitively impawtant idea for those who love cats and cannot have a dog for whatever reason. Pawlease visit http://www.fromthedogspaw.com/p/published-articles.html to read my first two paws about this pawsome subject!
You know that I am a handsome, good-looking, cute, adorable, and pawsome looking fellow, right? Right. Well, my humans were blessed to have all that rolled into one pawsome dog though I do have a curious/exploring look that scares the socks off humans who don’t know me. Sometimes when I am relaxing, the look comes through too. 98% of the time, I am most adorable-looking! I say that, to say this, when looking for a cat, look past the cuteness or strange look or even ugliness of a cat in the shelter. The oddest looking critter can be the most pawsome cat for you. WOOF! Ask questions about the cat’s traits.
One of the pawsome advantages to adopting a cat is adoption counseling offered by many rescues and shelters. The advantage to this is that they will ask you many questions about your lifestyle, needs, personality of you and those in your family. These questions will assist the adoption organization in sharing the best cats for you!
While it may be pawsible that it is little Susie’s or mom’s idea to adopt a cat or kitten, all family members should go together when looking to adopt. This will give the cat – and humans – a chance to mingle with each other learning how they get along.
When you have found a cat you are interested in, ask to hold the cat. Purrs, ask the human assisting what the cats handling preferences are. Some like to be cuddled, while others prefer a spat of time to meet you before being handled. You know how cats can be – woof, er, meow. If the cat resists being held, do not force the idea. Some cats just do not like being held. Meowingly, others will take to you as soon as they are allowed. MEOW!
While you are holding the cat, be sure to look for health issues and signs of illness. Chances are, when adopting from a rescue, the cat has been given a check-up examination by a Veterinarian before being placed for adoption. Barkingly, some issues can develop due to the stresses of being rescued and moving to a foster home. Most of those issues can be cleared up with some good TLC from you! MEOW. Be sure to take a quick look-over at the eyes for cheerfulness and free of stuff, the nose for discharge, a sniff to the cat’s ears for odors or wax build-up, the chest for clear breathing, the fur for cleanliness and fleas or ticks, the skin for wounds and cleanliness, and its bottom for signs of bowel issues, and the litter box for any unusual gifts, parasites or worms. Ask to see the cat’s veterinarian records.
Ask the foster about the cat’s history. Gather as much information as you pawssibly can. Some questions could be, how long has the cat been with the rescue? Why is it there? What is the cat’s personality like? How does the cat interact with humans and mini-humans? Do you have another pet? Does the cat play well with others? Does the foster have any concerns?
My friends at the Prince William Humane Society brought by two cats for you to meet!
Moses is a 5-year-old domestic orange and white shorthair cat. My human got to meet this fella while photographing and found him to be affectionate and wanting attention. He surprised my human by climbing up his leg and stretching. He is very good with other cats and with mini-humans. He does not like dogs. Arf? Moses is litter box trained, microchipped and up-to-date with shots.
Meet Hector – a pawsitively handsome, 2-year-old domestic shorthair. My human got to meet this guy too. He was more reserved than Moses, but a sweet fellow who loves attention and responds with affection. He’s good with other cats and with mini-humans. He has an unknown history with dogs. He is litter box trained, micro-chipped and up-to-date with shots.
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