Adopting a cat is an act of kindness. But this is not as simple as it seems. There are things you should never do when adopting a cat-like giving an adopted cat as a surprise gift to someone. Raising a cat is no joke, all the more if it’s an adopted one
Kathy Blumenstock of PetMD.com gives us 8 things you should NEVER do when adopting a cat.
Never adopt a cat unless everyone agrees a cat is welcome.
No matter how adorable the cat may be, do not make impulsive decisions. First, you have to make sure that everyone in your house is on board with having a new family member. Being on board means more than just saying, “It’s okay.” Adding a cat to your home will result in changes for everyone in the household, and all members must be willing to embrace it.
Never adopt a cat without ‘matchmaking’ assistance.
Siri Zwemke, Executive Director of the Siamese Cat Rescue Center, says, “Not every cat will be dog-friendly or child-friendly. Some may hate other cats and dislike sharing a cat litter box, some need quieter homes, others thrive in busier households.” Zwemke suggests working with a rescue group or shelter that offers detailed information on the cat’s personality.
Never let your new cat run free.
Adi Hovav, Senior Feline Behavior Counselor at the ASPCA Adoption Center, says, “It’s always a good idea to have your cat set up in just one room to start.” This is to give your cat a smaller space to be familiar with at first.
Never adopt a cat without isolating it at first.
If you already have cats beforehand, they will be affected by the change as well when you adopt a new cat. A 10-14 day isolation for your new cat will be beneficial, as it gives her a time to adjust and allows the existing pets to get used to the idea of having a new family member.