Are You Ready for a Cat? :: Cats for beginners
Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet. Before adopting a cat, take this test.
You’ve decided to get a new pet because:
A) The kids’ whining has finally worn you down.
B) You feel terrible for all the homeless pets in the shelter.
C) That purebred kitten in the pet store window is cute AND orange, which happens to be THE fashion color this fall.
D) You’ve been thinking about welcoming an animal companion into your home for quite awhile, and finally everything is in place. Your heart opens all the way, and you know that it’s time.
Although people have taken in pets for all of the above reasons, the right answer, of course, must be “D.” It is crucially important to consider the impact a new pet will have on your family, as well as the feelings of the animal, before you adopt.
This Time for Keeps
A visit to an animal shelter will prove that acting on impulse or appearance is not the way to welcome a pet into your home. The 8 to 12 million homeless cats and dogs that arrive in shelters each year – 25 percent of them purebreds – attest to that. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Isabella Rossellini and Fabio have adopted animals from shelters, but not because it’s trendy. They wanted to save a life, just like you do.
You stroll past kennels filled with hopeful animals, young and old, purebred and mixed breed, and must choose just one pet who’ll depend on you the rest of her life. Cards on each cage door tell their stories: This 2-year-old Burmese was brought to a veterinarian to be treated for a broken leg, but his owner never came back to claim him. That tiny, longhaired kitten was abandoned with three brothers.
They’ve already seen bad luck. They are all intensely appealing. Do your homework before deciding.
Will Your Home and Life Accommodate a Cat?
First, you, your kids and all the adults in your household should agree that you want a cat. Look down the road for the life of the animal, which could be 10, even 20 years.
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