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I am thinking of adopting a cat from the shelter. I have never owned a cat before is there anything I should consider before adopting? I just need a box, kitty litter, food, water, brush, scratch pad, thats it right? Please no mean comments from anti-cat people, many of these cats are put to death every day.
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This short video will help you out a lot i think.
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Consider getting two cats instead of one so that they have company when you are not home. You should also have enough litter boxes so that every cat would have its own, plus one more. so have two for one cat, three for two cats, etc.
Definitely make sure the cat is spayed or neutered, but that shouldn't be an issue coming from a shelter.
I have a few rescue cats and wouldn't trade them for anything, but they might take some time to warm up to a new environment. Always a chance they pee outside the litter boxes.
Hope that helps. Have fun!
Seems like a decions Leafy would make.
All good advice. My cats are rescues and I love 'em to death. Naturally, younger cats can be easier to train but there a lot of people take joy in taking in older cats... breaks my heart to see the older cats in shelters.
gunner thank you. any downside you can think of? i just have a studio so can't do 2 cats.
Just spend plenty of time with it and having one will be fine.
You most likely won't have any behavior issues, but depending on the cat's background you never know. Honestly I can't think of any downsides, but I'm a cat person.
The last thing I would recommend is please don't declaw your cat. I know it means extra work keeping them from scratching things, but it's a pretty traumatic experience for a cat.
will my studio reek from the cat piss and litter smell?
If you have two litter boxes and scoop them each night, you should be fine.
Litter is one of those things you don't want to be a cheapskate about. Buy the good kind and change the boxes completely once a week.
why the need for an extra box if i clean up every night?
Did it once. Would never do it again.
It gives them a choice on where to go, and you won't need to change the litter as much.
You can get away with one if you really want to, it will just require more attention.
get dogs instead.
Cats are intellectual animals. They carry mental baggage. Got one (two year old female) - loved it, fed it, clean litter box, blah, blah, blah. Noticed after a while it started getting more and more aggressive towards me and my ex and the other cat that I got as literally a newborn kitten and had the greatest personality. Turns out after repeated phone calls to the SPCA as this was happening they finally told me she had been abused. They failed to disclose that or truthfully answer questions (I asked) during the adoption process. Ex and I had our first child and had my arm shredded when I stopped the adopted cat from attacking the infant. Dropped that bitch off the next day at the kill shelter and didn't even bother to take my cage back with me.
Just my story. I would be very wary about the cat's background. Odds are the shelter, SPCA, whatever will not give you a straight story.
Cats in and of themselves are pretty good pets. Just be careful.
This post was edited by artielange 2 years ago
How would you recommend to be careful?
Just get a kitten/very young cat. Then chances are it wasn't abused and it grows up learning about you. artielange's story sounds like 1 in 100.
Cats are great.
That's all I got.
Stick your finger in the cage to play with it. Make sure it doesn't use its claws when it plays.
Dogs are better friends but 1000x or so harder and more expensive to take care of. A cat will stay home by itself for a week while you are on vacation.
If the shelter gives you a hard time, which they will, go to pet smart or petco to get one. They are cheaper and they are last chance rescues anyway. If you buy one, they save go get another one from the shelter.
My cat is so awesome. But now she's getting old (12) and poops on my basement carpet pretty reguarly. But sometimes she doesn't, for a cuple weeks and then we're "OMG Cat! You're so awesome! You don't even poop on the floor anymore!" and we get all excited. But then she does it again eventually anyway.
But we still love her (seriously), and she sleeps with us sometimes.
I'll try to take a piccture of her.
This post was edited by UMTerp 2 years ago
Here she is!
are we turning this into a "show a pic of your kittehs" thread? in!
Calico is Nellie and the black one is Smokey.
hmm i wonder whose idea this was!
I adore my cat. He pretty much acts like a dog. When I get ready for work and when I get home from work he follows me around and chills out with me. He sleeps at the foot of my bed. He rolls over on his back so we will rub his tummy.
He's an outdoor cat so he gets lots of activity outside and barely ever goes to the bathroom inside. It's awesome.
He is vicious to other animals. Has a very successful and widespread territory outside and is an excellent hunter. One time we bought food he didn't like and he killed and ate a crow. All that he left was one wing and the head. We got the message.
He has never ever ever scratched or bitten a human. We play rough with him and he never uses his claws and when he gets annoyed he just walks away. Only to come back one minute later for more.
He rocks. I had a cat before him who was cool, but nothing like Forrest. I don't think I will ever find another cat as awesome as him.
This post was edited by b4lt1m0reterp 2 years ago
I had a cat growing up (died a couple of years ago at age 18) and have two cats now, and they've pretty much been perfect pets. All were rescue adoptions. They've all been gentle, sociable, playful, etc.
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