I am trying to talk my dh into getting a cat. If I get him to agree, I would like to rescue an adult cat from a shelter or rescue organization. There are just so many cats that need homes. However I have never even owned a cat before. I have three young kids and want a cat that is good with children and likes to be patted. I also want one that knows how to use a scratching post and not my furniture! Will the shelter or rescue staff help me to find a good match for our family? What should I look for in terms of getting a shelter cat that is going to be friendly?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 4:48 PM on May. 15, 2011 in Pets
Answer by emmyandlisa at 4:51 PM on May. 15, 2011
Answer by But_Mommie at 4:54 PM on May. 15, 2011
You won't be able to tell much about a cat's personality at the shelter in a cage, they are often stress to the max when they are there, but open the cage and offer some petting and see how it goes. A lot of times the workers at the shelter will label a cat aggressive or mean because they are just scared to death, these are the ones that get euthanized first!! So give the one that you like a chance before he gets labeled, good luck, and you eill be doing a good deed.
Answer by older at 5:04 PM on May. 15, 2011
I have 3 rescue cats and 2 of them were adults when I adopted them. For me it was really easy. It wasn't so much about me choosing a cat, it was the cat choosing me. All 3 of my cats made it very obvious that they were more than interested in going home with me. My oldest cat in particular. I was actually looking at a cat in the cage underneath hers, but she kept reaching through the bars and batting me on top of the head until I looked up, then she rolled over all cute and cuddly and I just knew =)
Go in there with an open mind. As one of the PPs mentioned look for a cat with clear eyes. Cloudy, runny eyes or a runny nose are usually signs of upper respiratory infection. Other than that, you will know the right cat when you see it.
Answer by asmcbride at 5:15 PM on May. 15, 2011
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