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    Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Cat

    If you are planning to add a new furry friend to your family, consider pet adoption as an alternative.

    Each year in the United States millions of unwanted cats and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them all. This is a very sad but true fact. If you are planning to add a new furry friend to your family, consider pet adoption as an alternative. If you want a purebred cat, such as a Maine Coon or a Siamese, there is no reason to be concerned as there are many cat rescue centers in the United States that specialize in the adoption of specific breeds.

    If you are interested in adopting a kitten, spring time is the best time! Although shelters receive kittens all year long, there are usually an abundance of kittens in the spring. Though kittens are adorable, please don't forget about the wonderful, older felines that need homes too. Older cats are often harder to place and, therefore, at greater risk of euthanasia.

    Once you have decided that adoption is the best option for you, it is a good idea to have a list of questions prepared before you walk into the rescue center. Knowledge is power, the more you know about the cat or kitten you are about to adopt, the better.

    Questions to ask when adopting a cat:

    • Is there an adoption fee?
    • Has the cat or kitten spent a lot of time around people?
    • Is the feline trained to use the litter box?
    • Are there any background information about the cat that can be provided about health and well being?
    • If they were given up by an owner, what reason did the owner provide for relinquishing his pet?
    • If they do have health problems, what are they and what will the cost be to you?
    • Does the cat or kitten get along well with other animals? Have they had contact with other animals while living at the shelter?
    • How has the kitten been living while at the shelter (cage, foster home, open play room?)
    • What is the background of the organization you are rescuing your cat from? Are they a no-kill organization? If for some reason things do not work out with your cat or kitten, what is their policy regarding the return of the animal or its transfer to another owner?
    • May you spend some time with the cat or kitten in a quiet room to see how it interacts with you?

    When it comes time to add a new kitten or cat to your family, adoption truly is the best option. It is a noble and wonderful thing to do! When you choose adoption, not only do you give a homeless cat or kitten a new lease on life and a forever loving home, you allow another animal to be saved from certain death. If you are not in a position to adopt, then consider making a donation or becoming a foster parent. Most animal rescue organizations and shelters depend solely on donations and the kindness of others in order to operate.