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Is adopting a cat a big responsibility?

Is adopting a cat a big responsibility?

Adopting a kitten or adult cat is a long-term responsibility and commitment. It’s a decision you want to give careful thought to and be prepared for, not one to take lightly or impulsively. Owning a cat is a large financial and emotional responsibility lasting anywhere from 14 to 22 years typically.

How do I know if I’m ready to adopt a cat?

6 Signs You May Be Ready to Get a Cat

  1. You appreciate the importance of socialization.
  2. You’re financially prepared.
  3. You have time to exercise your cat.
  4. You’re committed to creating a cat-friendly home.
  5. You’ve accepted litterbox duty.
  6. You’re prepared to make a long-term promise.

What happens when you adopt a cat from a shelter?

A stressed cat may be more quiet than usual, which can be difficult to notice. Very stressed cats are more likely to behave aggressively or fearfully. If you’ve adopted a cat from a shelter, this is most likely your cat’s third “home” in a fairly short time period.

What should you know before adopting a cat?

If you decide to adopt a cat, it’s critical to learn about the unique behaviors and needs of your new pet, from training to socialization to enrichment. “The biggest mistake we see is people treating cats like dogs,” says Dr. Fulcher.

Why are there so many outdoor cats in the US?

Some are pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them, the more effectively we can help them, reduce cat overpopulation and protect wildlife.

What happens when a cat goes to a new home?

Many cats are fearful when introduced to their new home; being moved from a small enclosure to an apartment or house is a big change. Your home also has different smells and noises than the shelter and the home where your cat lived before. Initially, confine your new cat to one room.