How to Pick the Right Cat to Adopt from a Shelter – 7 Tips

How to Find The Right Cat to Adopt

How to Pick the Right Cat to Adopt from a Shelter – 7 Tips

Find your Purrfect Rescue Pet

You’re ready to bring home a new furry four-legged friend (or maybe two) to complete your home and family. And, of course, you don’t want to shop; you want to adopt a rescue kitty. But where do you start? At Rescue Pop, we know finding the perfect feline companion can be a tad overwhelming. We’ve outlined a few things to consider and help make your search easier when looking for your purrfect rescue kitty!

Choose the Right Cat for You

Do Your Research

It’s easy to visit a local rescue organization or shelter to meet all the kittens and cats available for adoption. However, more often than not, a spontaneous visit leads to an impulse adopting situation. (Trust me, I’ve been there!) Here at Rescue Pop, we strongly advise that you know before you go. Know what you are looking for, know what type of kitten or cat your household and lifestyle support, and know the differences in cat breeds. It’s easy to walk into any rescue or shelter and feel compelled to adopt on-the-spot. But, we’ll say it again, research is key and hugely beneficial in the long run.

Find a Cat to Adopt

Search Online & Get Social

With social media and online pet finding sites, searching for your future pet is easier than ever. Visit our Cat Adoption page where you can search for kittens and cats at nearby shelters and get helpful information on their temperament and background. Most rescues organizations are also active on social media – follow them! See what they post, what adoption events they host and reach out to them via message or a phone call to ask questions, especially if you see a kitty that piques your interest. Also, growing in popularity, are cat cafés – yes, cat cafés! Typically, all of the cats at the café are up for adoption, yet another way to bring home your rescue!

choosing a cat to adopt

Age – Not Just a Number

Walk into any rescue and most likely you’ll be drawn to the kittens. But don’t forget adult and even senior cats are abundant in shelters and need homes just as much as the little ones do. Considering what age kitty you bring into your home depends a lot on your lifestyle, home environment, and how much time you can devote to being with him.

Kittens are little balls of energy. They are curious, inquisitive, and exploratory. You can expect them to be rambunctious at all hours of the night, jumping on countertops, exploring, and climbing on their new surroundings. Kittens require more supervision, more training, and some kitten-proofing around your home. Plus, if you already have another pet and want to introduce a kitten, keep in mind you will need to have the fur siblings separated with gradual introductions before they both can roam free in harmony.

Adult cats, while they may not need as much supervision, still require attention. Often times, adult cats are overlooked at the shelters. Perhaps they have been displaced from their home or have a shy temperament that doesn’t scream “adopt me” like some of the active cats or kittens, but they, too, need a loving home to flourish and thrive. Adult cats may also have experience with children (or the mild temperament to be good with children), so an older cat, as opposed to a kitten, could be an excellent option for your family.

pick the right cat breed

Different Kitty Breeds

Most cats in shelters and rescues are not pure-bred cats, but there are a variety of breeds and characteristics that could determine what type of cat you take home. Some cats may be long-haired, such as a Persian, Maine Coon, or Rag Doll, which requires more grooming. Long-haired cats also mean long-haired shedding. (However, short-haired cats also shed, so don’t be fooled. Russian Blue breeds, although short-haired, are known to be major shedders, for example.)

Different breeds have different temperaments. For example, Rag Dolls are known to be calm, gentle and social, with almost dog-like mannerisms. Maine Coons are also known to be friendly and goofy. It all comes down to the research, which, don’t worry, you can visit our Cat Breeds page for help.

Make Time to Spend Time

When you finally go to the rescue or shelter, be sure to spend some quality time with your potential future pet. Most shelters have socializing rooms or playrooms where you can have one-on-one time to get acquainted with the kitten or cat. Keep in mind that they will act differently when they eventually get home, so just because they may be a little shy or timid when one-on-one, they will adapt to their new surroundings. Don’t overlook the shy guys – it does not define their overall temperament! Give them a chance – the shyest cats can be the most cuddly, loving kitties around. One of my first rescues did not come out from under the bed for two weeks. Now, I keep moving his tail away from my keyboard as I try to type! It may take some time for your cat to get used to her new surroundings, but with a loving home environment, your kitty will become accustomed to her surroundings and gradually become part of your family.

Adopting the Right Rescue Cat

Special Needs Kitties

Adopting a special needs kitty can bring so much joy into your home, but make sure your lifestyle can support the demands. Many shelter pets are often overlooked when they have special needs. Still, most-often-than-not, these animals can live a long, full life – you may not even realize they have special needs! However, special needs animals can require an additional financial responsibility like daily medication, increased vet visits and more. To see a great example of how special needs animals can live amazing lives despite being different than other cats, check out Beth Stern’s (wife of Howard) Instagram. She is widely known in the cat adoption world for her work as an animal activist and cat and kitten fosterer and has her own special needs kitties – she calls them perfectly imperfect!



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