Guide for Adopting a Cat — Everything You Need, from Breed to Diet

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Going through a pet adoption is an especial occasion that might change your life for a very long time depending on the type of pet you decide to adopt, as well as its age and health.

Adopting a cat, for a lot of people, can improve their emotional and mental health thanks to the companionship that the occasion creates. Even more considering how the world has been surrounded by COVID-19 and social distancing.

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However, there are a lot of rookies when it comes to adoptions, and there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to not only picking the right cat but also, preparing yourself and your house for the event.

So, in this article, I will provide a general overview of all the things you should consider before adopting a cat, and the things you’ll need to properly care for it.

Be Sure to Have What It Takes

 Taking care of a pet, regardless of the type of pet, requires a certain level of responsibility, maturity, and awareness. And by responsibility, I mean having the capability of always remembering that your pet is a living being that also requires food, water, and a clean environment to live. If you believe you are not up to the task, you should forget the idea of adopting all along.

As a pet owner, you will have the responsibility of providing your pet with a safe, protected, and clean-living environment. You will also make sure that there’s available, accessible, drinkable water for your companion always.

When it comes to taking care of your cat, providing the right food and the right amounts, during the right times, will also be one of your responsibilities. Preventing obesity is an important part of the process since obesity comes with a lot of health problems.

You should also be capable of taking your pet to routine checks at a veterinarian, to make sure your cat is in good shape and is on a date with all vaccines and medications it might need.

Developing a relationship of trust with your cat, even more, if it is adopted, will also be one of your duties. This is very important since a lot of adopted pets, including cats, tend to suffer from separation anxiety, so you’ll have to work things out to make sure things go smoothly.

Training (or educating) your cat to not do or do certain things when commanded, will certainly help you a lot in the process of taking care of your cat. Educating yourself to successfully achieve this, will be one of your duties.
Dental care, grooming, cleaning, and nail trimming are also part of the process, even more, if you decide to adopt a cat that requires constant care due to an illness or specific health condition.

Overall, you should consider all these before you decide to adopt a cat, but there is also something else to consider: the type of life you live, as well as the breed of the cat.

Breeds and Personalities.

Believe it or not, animal breeds tend to influence the personalities of the creatures. Cats, as well, are part of this equation. And, according to this information, and with a little research, we can come up with what types of cat breeds are good for indoors, and which cats are great for outdoors.

With that said, this should be taken as a piece of information to take in mind, and not an absolute rule to follow when adopting, since rarely we get to adopt a pet that is the exact breed we are looking for. Still, it is good to know the differences between many breeds and decide accordingly based on our lifestyles.

Indoor cats are good for those who stay inside for long periods of time or do not have to go outside because of work. They tend to be healthier because they have fewer chances of suffering from diseases, and reduced chances of catching parasites from other animals.
Reduced contact with other unknown animals and humans also makes them friendlier towards the people they trust, less anxious, and less stressed. It also, to some extent, reduces the chance of getting killed by road accidents. You also protect your cat from getting pregnant as well, which can be quite a hassle.

Some of the indoor breeds you can find include:

  • American Shorthair and Wirehair
  • British Shorthair
  • Persian
  • Siamese
  • Scottish Fold
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Balinese
  • Birman

Now, regarding outdoor cats, they tend to be much more independent than indoor cats, because they enjoy their freedom and like to explore the outside world. With that said, it comes with risks, including being injured by other animals, or by incidents. Catching diseases and ticks is also a possibility.

They also get the chance to exercise, which for some cats, is necessary because of their physical structure. You won’t have to worry a lot about their litter box as well, which can be an advantage. Still said, there are more problems than benefits when it comes to outdoor cats, but they can be trained to stay indoors while enjoying outdoor activities under supervision!

Examples of outdoor breeds include:

  • American Bobtail
  • Bengal
  • Norwegian Forest Cat
  • Burmese
  • Korat
  • Bombay
  • Cymric
  • British Longhair

Other Things to Consider

 Before picking a cat, you will have some extra information provided by the caretakers, that will help you make the decision. Friendly cats are, for example, really good choices if you already own a pet. There are also the expenses from food, which has to be both dry and wet, the tools you’ll need like the grooming brushes, bowls, litter box, toys, and scratching post and snacks…

If the cat has a medical condition, you’ll need to be extra careful and manage the medicines as well. So, before you make the decision, make sure to check this link https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/cat-adoption/cat-adoption-checklist/ for a better understanding of what it will entail, to properly care for your cat once you adopt it.

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