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Benefits of Adopting a Cat or Kitten

There are many good kittens and cats without homes biding their time in an animal shelter until they can find a good family. I recently thought about doing just this, adopting a kitten, or animal that was either unloved, unwanted, or a family could not afford so thus, they were surrendered, or found and brought to an animal shelter.

There are many good kittens and cats without homes biding their time in an animal shelter until they can find a good family.  I recently thought about doing just this, adopting a kitten, or animal that was either unloved, unwanted, or a family could not afford so thus, they were surrendered, or found and brought to an animal shelter.

I ended up taking in a kitten who's mother had given birth to two liters and came from a home that was giving the second litter away.  I don't regret my decision to become mother to my beautiful mixed Maine Coon kitten, but I do wish I had adopted sometimes, because I would have gotten a cat or kitten who was already fixed and inoculated and that didn't come equipped with the worse case of fleas I have seen in quite some time.

Shelter cats are not always surrendered, because their temperament is bad, or because they don't jive with people.  Cats are most commonly surrendered because families can't afford to take care of them, or because they have changed their mind about being cat owners.  This is really sad and unfortunate, but its the state of affairs in the present bad economy we live in.  Take heart, though.  You can help.  If you are looking for a cat or kitten and can afford to be a good home for a pet, your local animal shelter will give you a fixed, inoculated cat or kitten for a small fee.  The fee is generally much less than it would cost for you to fix and inoculate your cat on your own.  I found this out the hard way.  You cat will also come without fleas or ticks, because at an animal shelter, they will treat this affliction if it exists when the cat is surrendered. 

Cats are affectionate when they know you need it, and independent when they need to be.  You can't leave a dog at home for a day when you are going out of town, but a cat, you can do this with, as long as they are acclimated to your home and feel safe and comfortable there.  Cats require litter, food, and love, but once they are inoculated and fixed, its very rare that they get sick as kittens.  If I was able, I would adopt an elderly or disabled cat.  This would be a good option if you are looking for a low maintenance animal and you have funds to get them medications, and can afford an occasional trip to a veterinarian.  It can be expensive, but your cat will reward you in love and devotion three fold!

Make sure the type of cat you adopt is compatible with your family.  Most of the cats that stay in shelters are there for quite some time and you can discuss whether the cat you want to adopt is good with children, being alone, or used to a house full of people.  Everyone's situation is different.  Just make sure you get a good scratching post, and your kitty should be happy and healthy and become a member of your unique family!

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Ranked #1 in Cats

I just hope the people who owned the mother cat did the right thing, and got her spayed.  You are very right, sometimes free kittens cost more than adopting one.  I always support adoption.

Ranked #64 in Cats

good points

Ranked #16 in Cats

Always, always adopt from a shelter.  A neighbor's kitty may have leukemia, hookworm, or some other disease that will cost many dollars to take care of.  Animals from shelters are tested, spayed or neutered, and usually free of debilitating diseases.

It is sad to see so many animals in shelters waiting for homes.

Ranked #29 in Cats

It is really sad.  I didn't know her, Brenda.  I had a friend who did, and she brought him to my house and he had a terrible case of fleas, but he is such a good boy so I'm glad I can be his human mom, lol!  I hope she got her spayed, too.  Two liters in a six month period is too much.  Its sad.

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