My Experience Adopting a Shelter Kitten

As lifelong cat-lovers, my husband and I were pretty distraught when we moved into a new little home in Cheyenne, Wyoming that didnít allow pets. (Although, really, Iím the lifelong cat lover…my husband has since been along for the ride. And full disclosure? Heís a changed man. Itís possible people!)

As my husband started working night shifts more regularly and I entered into a work-from-home position, our home began to feel more and more quiet; too quiet. Far too quiet for an extrovert like me. So I sought a solution: a kitten to keep me company and brighten our home with the pluck and entertaining courage only kittens have.

We started the search for a kitty at our local Cheyenne Animal Shelter (Wyoming friends, this is a shameless plug) because we knew they kept a number of neglected and rescue animals, and treated all in their care with compassion and respect. Weíre big fans!

As soon as we walked into the room, I knew weíd find our little buddy in no time. We saw a variety of happy, sociable cats and kittens, all well cared for and sweet as could be; but none truly caught our eye till we saw a darling little 8-week boy kitten, bright white with a single dark spot on his back and a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

We knew he was a catch, so we brought him home with us instantly and named him Andy. Our life has never been brighter!

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Bonus: Ten Tips for Adopting a Shelter Animal

When Youíre at the Shelter

  • Ask lots of questions! Do what you can to glean knowledge about each animal from the shelter staff. Where did he come from? Is he healthy? Has he lived well with other animals in the past? Is he friendly with dogs? Cats? How does he handle young children or guests?
  • Ask if you can see them privately or play with them in an open play-area. Youíll get to know the animalís temperament and discover their personality. When we visited our local shelter, we instantly knew Andy was incredibly active, high touch, high energy, very sociable and playful. He loved toys, he snuggled, he teased. Whereas, his kitten sister was a bit more laid back. She didnít engage as much and she felt distant to us, which wasnít what we wanted for a pet in our home.
  • Think long and hard about your lifestyle and expectations for a pet. Know your limits and boundaries when it comes to exercising an animal or having time to play, and think about your home. Do you have loads of space to entertain a large dog? Do you have the financial freedom to feed something bigger? Or do you want a companion that is a bit more low-maintenance or good with strangers?

When You Bring Your New Friend Home

  • Help your pet acclimate to a new home environment by introducing them to one room at a time. Show them where the litter box is, where theyíll find food and water, and see how they interact with anything foreign as you go. Sharing treats or kind words can help!
  • Spend a lot of face-to-face time with your animal so they grow more comfortable with you as their new caretaker. Play with them, introduce new toys and help them get to know you.
  • Give them time. Every animal needs time to adjust to a new place. Some (like Andy) adjust pretty quickly. But others, usually due to age, personality or past experiences (some of which may have been harmful) will need more time to get to know you and your home! Give them the time and space they need to find their home with you, be kind and gentle, and eventually youíll find the buddy in them youíve been looking for.

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Maria P
Martha P22 days ago

thank you

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Maria P
Martha P22 days ago

thank you

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Danii P
Past Member about a year ago

Thanks for sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Many happy years in your new home Andy Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Andy you are adorable Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a year ago

Very interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing

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Sue H
Sue Habout a year ago

Still a great story. I hope that Andy is one happy cat now.

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a year ago

Thanks.

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Danuta W
Danuta Wabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing

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