Loving and caring for a cat for the rest of
his or her life is a big commitment. We strongly encourage
you to take a few minutes and ask yourself the following questions.
In the end, you'll be fully aware of your responsibility and
can make an informed decision.
Click on the questions below for more information:
Why do you want a cat?
Sharing your home with a cat can be one of life's greatest
joys. However, cats do require time, affection, and financial
resources. Furthermore, cats have personalities, feel physical
pain and have emotions like loneliness. They develop very
strong bonds with their guardians. Cats often do well in pairs,
particularly if you are gone much of the day. It is important
to pick a cat that fits your lifestyle and personality. Some
people like cuddly cats, some people like talkative cats and
some people like more independent cats. We have all types
and ages of felines and can help you find the perfect furry
Are you and your family ready for
that responsibility now?
Having a cat in the family requires children who are mature
enough to appropriately interact and be responsible (e.g.,
knowing not to squeeze them or pull tails). It means having
the time to cuddle and play with your cat. If you're a student,
in the military or travel frequently for business (or pleasure),
you might want to wait until you are more settled and have
more time to spend with your cat. If you cannot commit to
a permanent relationship because you fit into this category,
consider fostering a cat or a litter of kittens. It saves
lives, brings you joy and allows you to be a central part
of helping your foster cat(s) find new, permanent homes.
Can you afford a cat?
The monetary costs of cat guardianship can vary and sometimes
be quite high. Estimates range from $500.00 to $2,000.00 a
year. Veterinary care, flea and heartworm prevention, food,
grooming, toys and other expenses add up quickly.
Are you allowed to have a cat where
Many rental communities don't allow pets, and those that do
often have restrictions. Make sure you know if cats are allowed
where you live. You will be required to have written permission
from your landlord in order to adopt an animal from us. If
your home comes furnished, be aware that certain items may
be a little worse for wear when cats are young and learning
to use their claws. Cats are trainable, however. (De-clawing
is inhumane and not allowed under our adoption policies).
Our behaviorists can give you tips to train your cat to scratching
Do you know where you'll be living
for the next 15 years?
That is, can you make the commitment to give a cat a home
for life even if you're unsure where you might move next?
Can you commit to holding out until you find a rental that
allows cats, should you have to move? One of the main reasons
cats end up in shelters is because their guardian move. We
always have cats that need fostering. Every foster home saves
life/lives. This can be a great alternative to adoption.
Who will care for your cat while
You'll need reliable friends, neighbors and family members,
or the money to pay for a good boarding facility or pet-sitting
service. Most importantly, are you ready to love, care for
and nurture your new furry friend(s) for as long as they live?
If so, please call us so that we can help you find a new feline