5 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Cat

There’s something about cats. People seem to love them or be confounded by them (or even both at the same time). Cats can make loving companions, fun playmates, and a great addition to your family. We’ve compiled 7 questions to help find the right cat for you.

1. Are you and your new feline the right fit?

Just like their owners, every cat has different needs and a unique personality. Find a cat that matches up well with your lifestyle. Some will want to spend hours lounging around, while others will want to play the day away. Make sure that you will be able to give your new cat the exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction they need to stay happy and healthy.

2. Is everyone (and every pet) on board?

Bringing a new pet home can be a big adjustment for everyone. Be sure that everyone in your home is on the same page with the arrival of your new resident. It’s also important to consider the impact of the new addition for any current pets. Take some time to slowly introduce your pets with their new family member to ensure a positive welcome.

3. Can you afford a new furry friend?

While cats may like being somewhat independent, they can still incur significant costs in their care. Budget for things like regular medical care, food, kitty litter, toys, and whatever else you may need. It’s also important to be ready for irregular costs, such as unanticipated trips to the vet or boarding fees during your summer vacation.

4. Is your home cat-friendly?

Cats may always land on their feet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get into trouble. Make sure your home is safe to wander and explore. Pick up any small objects that may be a choking hazard and keep electrical cords tucked away to prevent unwanted and potentially dangerous chewing.

5. Have all of fluffy’s medical needs been met?

When adopting a cat be sure that they have received all necessary vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered as well. It’s important to schedule regular check-ups to keep your cat healthy. Your vet can also help keep your cat safe with a microchip implant, a lifesaver should they ever wander too far from home.

Recently Adopt a New Cat or Kitten?

The staff at Piedmont Veterinary Clinic would love to meet your newest feline family member! Call (919) 732-2569 today and schedule an appointment for your new cat, or any other furry friends. We look forward to seeing you!