Cat Adoption Part 2: Home and Lifestyle
This is a continuation of our previous article about "Cat Adoption Part 1: Why Adopt?", where we discussed the advantages of adopting a cat. Now that you’re set on adopting, below are six important lifestyle considerations to take into account.
The final and third part of our Cat Adoption blog series will be about cat care. This is the perfect in-between information to make sure that your home and lifestyle are organized and ready to welcome your newly adopted cat.
Cat Adoption Lifestyle Considerations
A good adoption coordinator will ask about your home and lifestyle when matching you with a rescued shelter cat. You'll want to consider your roommates and/or family, to start. Then your tolerance for fur and possible home modifications will need to be considered.
Cats and Kids: Teach Respect and Boundaries
Young children can form loving and healthy bonds with cats and other companion animals. That being said, they need to be taught how to be gentle and kind towards animals to form these bonds.
If your children are new to animals, make sure you teach respect and boundaries. Cats and all animals have feelings and personalities just like people. They can be wild and playful, or shy and withdrawn. And both have boundaries that need to be honored.
Cats are expressive! They will let you and your children know when they aren’t comfortable with your behavior. Recognizing these signs right away will let your newly adopted cat know that they can trust you.
Teaching young children how to be responsive to the moods and sensitivities of an adopted animal can be a wonderful way to teach kindness and compassion. Be prepared to mindfully monitor your young children during their time with the cat.
Newly Adopted Cats and Current Pets
Welcoming a cat home also means considering your current animal residents, if any. Most domestic animals are capable of becoming friendly with any other animal. Cats and dogs becoming best friends is certainly not unheard of!
But many animals can be intolerant of new pets entering their home. Be mindful of your existing pet's personality before thinking about adding a new cat or any animal to your family.
Cats Have Fur: How much can you take?
All cats will shed some hair regardless of how long it is. A long-haired cat will likely require daily brushing to prevent hairballs and matting. Many cats dislike brushing, while others love it. Some cats are so careful about their maintenance that they might not require brushing at all.
But brushing isn’t just about grooming. If your cat enjoys brushing, it can be a special bonding activity you enjoy together. Once you start building routines and play-time habits your cat can rely on, they will look forward to these daily groomings.
What can be a quick, easy routine with some cats could be an arduous one with others. You will need to help a more finicky cat get comfortable with these essential brushings. A professional groomer might have to intervene and shave a cat whose hair becomes matted.
Also, remember that longer hair often means more shedding. If you prefer a relatively manageable amount of fur on your furniture/everywhere, then a short-haired cat would be best!
Adopted Cats Need Love: How much time do you have?
All animals, cats, dogs, and others, need love and attention. Pets are companion animals. Like any healthy relationship, there must be reciprocity between you and your cat.
An independent cat who happily entertains themselves will still require daily attention. Fresh food and water, a clean litterbox, and consideration of their needs and moods will still be necessary. A more needy cat will need more of your time. These affection-loving cats are perfect for cuddly owners!
Are you prepared to modify your home for your adopted cat?
Cats love plants and flowers. But some plants and flowers don’t love them back. Many plants and flowers can be lethally toxic to cats. When you bring home a new cat, whether they’re playful and adventurous or a couch potato, you have to be prepared to remove anything that could hurt them.
And remember, unlike dogs, cats can climb high and jump almost anywhere. By giving them their own places to climb, like a cat tree or hammock, you can reduce their affinity for your out-of-reach spaces. However, cats are curious, with minds of their own. You should consider that ultimately, no space is considered off-limits by any cat.
Cat Adoption and Working from Home
2020 introduced one of the greatest new YouTube trends: pets' Zoom-bombing bloopers! Many news anchors, weather reporters, and various professionals trying to look professional have had their work facades dismantled hilariously by their cats and other furkids.
While this is a welcome moment for most people on the receiving end, it’s not ideal for everyone. Your boss might not have a sense of humor about an adorable distraction. If you work from home you’ll want to consider your adopted cat. Working from home may be a permanent or temporary situation for you. Your adopted cat is a permanent decision, so make sure you consider all the details, even seemingly minor ones.
Adopting a Cat for Your Life and Home
Now you know what to consider when welcoming a cat into your home! Our final blog about Cat Adoption will cover cat care, grooming, and personality. Stay tuned!