June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! We always love seeing shelter cats getting adopted, and going to loving homes. A Crown Point, IN vet offers some advice on adopting Fluffy in this article.
There’s no right or wrong way to choose your new pet. Some people want kitties of a specific age, color, or breed, and will wait for the purrfect furball. Others just walk into shelters with open minds, and get the first feline they feel a bond with. Just spend some time with Fluffy before signing the paperwork, to make sure you’re choosing the right furball.
You’ll need to prepare for your new arrival. Petproofing is a must! Remove or secure any potential dangers. That list includes small and sharp objects, such as beads, pins, and craft kit pieces. Plastic wrappers and ties are also unsafe. Many cats enjoy the texture of plastic. This can be dangerous, as plastic is definitely not safe to eat. Put chemicals and medications in secure spots. Ropes, cords, and strings are hazardous as well. You’ll also want to remove any toxic plants, such as lilies or rhododendrons. (Tip: check the ASPCA here for a full list of safe and unsafe plants here.)
Welcoming Fluffy Home
If you have a large house and/or other pets, it’s best to isolate your new arrival at first, so you can make introductions slowly. Otherwise, you can let Fluffy explore as she pleases. Either way, you’ll need to provide the basic kitty necessities, such as food, water, and litterbox, as well as some furball luxuries, like a cat tower. Don’t forget to take pictures!
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your feline buddy to the vet for a nose-to-tail exam. If Fluffy hasn’t been fixed yet, get that appointment scheduled as well.
Cats are all unique individuals. Fluffy’s past and purrsonality will both play roles in how fast she adjusts. Some kitties immediately make themselves at home: others need time to settle in. Either way, offer your new buddy great TLC, and win her over with conversation, toys, treats, and excellent care. You may melt the first time Fluffy hops into your lap or purrs when you pet her!
Please contact us, your Crown Point, IN pet hospital, for your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!