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Lessons in Cat Adoption: How to Choose the Right Kitty

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets )

- 1744 days ago -
Of course, many times the kitty simply chooses you. My handsome Fred certainly did.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 9:41 am

I have a problem with eye contact. When I am at the shelters I find all the babies from tiny new ones to the older and sick ones catch my eye and I'm hooked.

. (0)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:08 am
After all considerations have been thought through, you are now ready to adopt. The only preconceived ideas you are allowed is whether you want a kitten (and you thought through the kitten issues), or an adult cat.
When I adopted my middle one, I was waiting for the one....I went to 2 shelters, and although I saw a lot of adorable cats, and I held a few, I knew I had to keep going. The third shelter, a very small one, has a 6 week old striped tabby in a cage. I saw him as soon as I opened the door. He walked to the front of the cage, and held out his paw to me. When the cage was opened, he put his paws around my neck, and purred . It took 3 minutes, and he was mine.

Barbara V (51)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 3:22 pm
My word! There's a story behind every pussycat I've adopted. The last two I adopted were brothers, and Juni-purr, who is black and white, proceeded to run up my leg the minute he met me. "Hold me!" he demanded. So I held him, grabbed up his little pure white brother, Yoda, and took 'em home. What a blessing they've been!!! Still others, my neighbors asked if I would adopt them. A few more were strays. I actually chose very few of them. I love all the little rascals, and I might add they live better than I do!!!!

marie C (163)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:24 pm
My Cornellius was so scared I chose him it took many operations as he had been stolen by travelers and kicked in the mouth broken jaw problems eating I just fell totally in love with him.
Now he is my Prince he is in charge of my Cornish Rex also my rescue Bengal who is totally mad
My full size chihuahua is his best friend once I start talking about my animals you have to stop me as I go on and on and on

marie C (163)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:26 pm
Can not send Kit B a green star as have done so within the last week

Birgit W (160)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 6:02 pm
Usually the cat chooses us.

Dianne D (490)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:37 pm
Listen to your heart and theirs. Humans pick on appearance, cats pick by listening to their heart and acting on it.

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:19 pm
Choose the one that chooses you.

Anne K (139)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 9:09 pm
I adopted a 10 month old 3 weeks ago. He was rescued from a high-kill shelter when he was 5 weeks old. He is blind in one eye due to an infection. I was looking for an older kitten that was perhaps "special needs" to be a companion for a 10 month old kitty I rescued from my roof a few months ago. I found him on I am really upset and worried that so many adoption facilities (animal services, local humane societies) do not have knowledgeable adoption counselors. They will give any cat/kitten to anyone just to "move 'em out"! I witnessed this when visiting these facilities, and when my husband and I questioned an employee over our concern for a 5 week old kitten who was available for adoption and in an enclosure with older cats with nothing but dry "junk food" (too big for him as well) to eat, the employee was rude and told us "the kitten can eat it just fine. Cats are just like dogs when it comes to food"! I have worked as an adoption counselor (trained at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary) and it is extremely important for the welfare of cats (and their adopters) for questions to be asked and answered! People need to know about declawing, nutrition, introduction, etc. Too many shelters are sending cats off to a worse fate due to lack of education or screening.

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:11 pm
Noted, thanks.!

Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:33 am
Noted. Thanks Cher

Sherri G (128)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:55 am
Oh Yes they definitely choose us my cat Spats who lived to be 23 years old found me. Noted TY Cher

Lona G (80)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 5:46 am
Noted because of the good tips, but of no practical use to me. Like yours, Cher, all of my cats have been strays or wild and have adopted me. ;-)

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 6:40 am
Our pets always like us.

John D (46)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 8:50 am
Thank you...

Ruth C (87)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:58 am
The sad part about going to the shelter is that I would leave with only one animal and I would love to take them all home with me.

Carol H (229)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:39 pm
noted, thanks Cher. mine always pick me!

Winn A (179)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:08 pm
I think every adoption is unique. Sometimes we just happened to find each other at the exact time we were suppose to. Divine Order . . . . . .

Kathleen R (138)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:27 am
noted & read
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