10 Things to Know Before Bringing a Cat Home!

If you’ve been considering possibly sharing your home with a new pet cat or kitten, there has never been a better time. This month is Adopt-a-Cat Month, which is a popular annual campaign organized by American Humane Association (AHA). This year’s adoption month is extra special, however, as it has been incorporated into the association’s centenary celebrations.

AHA CEO and President Dr. Robin Ganzert stated: “American Humane Association has rescued thousands of cats in need over the past 100 years. But there are still millions more healthy, adoptable pets in shelters around the country, just waiting for someone to be their hero by rescuing them and bringing them home. American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Cat Month not only encourages people to give loving homes to animals in need, but offers an opportunity to provide a wider focus on the ongoing need these beautiful animals face all year round. Remember, every day – this month and all year long – is Caturday!”

In the meantime, AHA has the following advice for anyone thinking of adopting a kitten or cat:

The Top 10 Checklist for Adopting a Cat

1. If you’re considering adopting a cat, you might think about getting a pair to keep each other company.

2, Choose a cat who matches your personality and will suit your lifestyle.

3. Choose a veterinarian before the adoption and make an appointment within the first week after you bring your pet home.

4. Prepare everyone who lives in your household for the arrival of a new cat.

5. Consider all of the long- and short-term expenses in your budget.

6. Make absolutely sure you have all the supplies you need before bringing your cat home.

7. Cat-proof your home.

8. Introduce your cat very slowly to other family and friends. Give her plenty of time and space to get familiar with them on her own terms.

9. Adapt your household’s emergency plan to include your cat.

10. If the cat is meant to be a gift for someone in your own home, the recipient should actively participate in every step of the adoption process.