Having decided that you would like to add a cat to
your family,... you now have to make an important decision as to whether you want to adopt or buy a
kitten, a young or an older cat.
Are you a young couple or family wanting to introduce a new “kitten” or are you wanting to “By-Pass” the “Baby”
stage and have an older kitten/cat?
Things to consider if you decide to adopt
There are many
things to think about when you're considering cat or kitten adoption.
Here are some
questions that need to asked:
What type of cat do I want?
Do I want a cat or a kitten?
Do I have a pet already?
Do I feel confident that my existing pet will accept a new “addition” in
Where do I go to get my new pet?
Am I mentally and physically
prepared to have a new cat/kitten?
Once you have decided what you require the next
step is acquiring your cat/kitten.
Where do you go to get your cat?
Don’t s of Cat or Kitten Adoption
Do -Think seriously about going to
your local Pound and having a look at the cats they have there. You can save a cat’s life by this simple
action. Cats surrendered to local Pounds, have seven days to be re-homed and are therefore essentially on
Do - Consider Animal Shelters such
as: Animal Welfare League, RSPCA, The Sydney Cats and Dogs Home, The Cat Protection Society etc, as they too
are all too often “overloaded” with surrendered cats who need a loving home to go to.
Do- Also consider “Fostering
Agencies” such as Cat Rescue and D C H as these agencies go to pounds and rescue cats that are going to be
euthanased and foster them out with Volunteers until they can find a forever home.
Do- Consider your local Vet,
especially for kittens as often people take kittens to their Vet as a last resort.
Don’t - Purchase your cat or
kitten from a pet shop as these are often animals from “farms” and have no mother/kitten socialisation, are
bred in horrific conditions and could be diseased. Suggested websites for more info on
Don’t - Purchase from “classified” ads as you
don’t know whether or not your cat/kitten is immunised and/or wormed. It could look OK but be diseased or under
The rule of thumb here is that we need to stop “abusive”
breeding of all animals and purchasing through Pet Shops and Classifieds is continuing the practise! It’s all
about supply and demand….. Stop buying and there’s no demand for these animals.
A large and growing network of trained volunteer
foster carers provide care for cats and kittens in their own homes, providing a healthy
disease free environment unlike some shelters where greater populations of cats can
create a greater risk if contagious diseases are spreading. Because the cats are living
in a home environment the adoption transition process becomes much easier.
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