Adopting a cat can be both exciting and daunting. Here's how to choose the right cat for you and prepare for your new companion's arrival.
Adopting a cat with Cats Protection
We think adopting a cat is a great option for everyone looking to add a new feline friend to their home! You’ll also be giving a loving home to cat who doesn’t have one.
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Choosing a cat
Choosing the right cat for you is important, with your new companion's character as unique as your own.
A kitten is likely to require more energy and attention than an older cat, and long-haired cats need more grooming than short-haired felines. Talk to a Cat Care Assistant or volunteer on your visit to a Cats Protection centre to determine which cat might be a good fit to your household.
It’s important to be prepared before bringing your new friend home to make sure they have everything they need. This will help them to settle in much better and mean no last-minute dash to the shops for you!
Make sure you have:
food and water bowls, one of each plus one of each spare. Make sure you don’t put your cat’s food and water bowls next to each other as they prefer them to be separate
a bed (or two, or three!). Some cats prefer this to be up high, others might like it in a quiet enclosed place like a wardrobe. Offer your cat a few comfy places to nap and see what they prefer
two litter trays, placed away from your cat’s food, water and bed
a good scratching post or cat tree to save your sofas and carpets from sharp claws
lots of fun toys to keep your cat entertained, especially as they’ll need to stay indoors for a few weeks to get used to your home
a good cat carrier for taking them home and vet visits
an empty household for the first few days as the cat settles in. Only have the key household members around initially and avoid having lots of visitors over to see your new addition, give them time and space to adjust to their new environment
Ideally all cats would be allowed access to the outdoors to express their natural behaviour. However, cats are all individuals and while some might like to embrace the great outdoors, others will be more content curled up somewhere warm. If you've got an indoor cat, you'll need to make sure you keep them occupied with toys and activities to keep them mentally stimulated.
While outdoor cats can benefit from a varied environment and enough exercise to keep them healthy, there are still risks. They are more at risk of road traffic accidents, getting lost or fighting with other cats.
Whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat, they can still pick up parasites such as fleas, ticks and worms, so regular checks and vaccinations are necessary to keep diseases at bay. You'll also need to make sure that your cat is microchipped to make sure they can be found if they go missing.