Adopting a new cat is an exciting and rewarding experience. To ensure that your new feline friend has a smooth transition into your home there are a few things to take into consideration.
Do you already have a cat at home? “By planning ahead and taking things slowly, your chances of success when introducing cats are much greater. If you rush into things and attempt to “force” a relationship, you might inadvertently sabotage a relationship that could have otherwise worked out.” (Americanhumane.org)
Should you adopt a kitten or an adult cat? “A kitten requires more time for socialization and generally more veterinary care during his or her first year of life. If you are a busy, working family, an adult cat may be the right choice for you. An adult cat can provide the love and companionship you are looking for from your cat, but with less work.” (Vetstreet.com)
Are your personalities compatible? “Be sure to spend some time alone with the cat or cats you want to bring home. Ask the shelter staff if there is somewhere quiet, away from the cattery, where you can be with the cat. Being in the shelter may have been extremely stressful and ,frightening for the cat so it may take a few minutes before she calms down and allows her true personality to shine through.” (Hillspet.com)