Tips For Adopting A Shelter Cat

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! We’re happy to give this topic a signal boost. There are far too many sweet, lovable kitties in shelters, who really just want someone to take them home, love them, and give them beds, food, treats, catnip, lap space, and, of course, empty boxes. A Fayette County, KY vet offers some advice on adopting Fluffy in this article.

Search Online

Most shelters are pretty good about posting their available pets online. This can really help save time when it comes to searching. If you are looking for a kitty of a specific age, breed, color, or gender, use saved searches. Don’t overlook the undercat, though! You may find yourself falling for a furball that is the exact opposite of what you thought you wanted.

Meet The Furball

Unless you’re adopting a cat from far away, it’s best to meet Fluffy in purrson. Your feline buddy may be a bit shy at first. That’s only to be expected. Just listen to your heart. It’s important to choose the right kitty. Adoption is forever!

Get Ready

Before bringing your new buddy home, you’ll need to get your place ready. Petproofing is definitely in order! Small and/or sharp objects are at the top of the list of things to address. Put things like craft kit pieces, hair ties, safety pins, tacks, and sewing gear in secure spots. You’ll also want to secure wires and cords, such as drape cords. Toxic plants are another concern. Check the ASPCA site here for a full list of safe and unsafe plants. Last but not least, keep chemicals and medications out of paws’ reach.


A trip to the pet store is also in order. You can buy Fluffy’s things online. Just make sure that they’ll arrive before she does. You’ll need to have at least the basics—food, dishes, and a litterbox—when you bring your feline friend home. Your shopping list (or cart) should include food, toys, treats, dishes, a carrier, a leash and collar, a brush, a scratching post or board. Fluffy will also appreciate a good cat tower. It’s worth noting that some kitty products, such as food and litter, should be bought with your furball’s age in mind. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions about kitty care? Contact us, your Fayette County, KY pet clinic, today!

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