How to Prepare Before Adopting a Cat

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How to Prepare Before Adopting a Cat

June is National Adopt a Cat Month, so if you’ve considered adopting a furry friend to join your family, this is the perfect time to learn more about the process and make the necessary preparations! There are thousands of cats across the country waiting for the perfect opportunity to be welcomed into a loving family, and hundreds are located right here in Merced County. Adopting a cat is not only a wonderful way to bring joy to your household, it’s also a nice act to support your community organizations.

Any time you add a new animal to the mix, it’s important to prepare ahead of time so that you can focus your energy on enjoying your new pet as soon as they arrive. We want to help you prepare as much as possible!

Here are some tips to help you get ready for an adopted feline:  

Research local organizations before making a decision

While this sounds like an obvious task, we do have a handful of reputable and trustworthy organizations and shelters in our area to choose from. Once you have identified the best shelter for you, it’s time to visit the cats! During their hours of operation, stop in and set up play time with their available pets. We recommend going back a few times to really seen what they are like on a consistent basis before making a decision.

Make household accommodations before bringing home your new cat

When you pick up your new kitty for the first time, the last thing you want to do is leave them alone in an unfamiliar car while you run into the store for pet supplies. Cats are very easy to maintain and require little supplies. Before picking up your cat, be sure to purchase cat food and litter, as well as a litter box, food and water bowls, scratching posts, nail clippers and a soft bed. This way, your cat will already start to feel right at home.

Visit your veterinarian within the first week

While all of our local shelters do a great job of caring for pets prior to sending them to their new homes, we recommend visiting your veterinarian right away. In this visit, you will not only start establishing a relationship between your cat and your vet, but a medical exam can determine any underlying illnesses, allergies, etc. that may surface. Your veterinarian can also recommend the best feeding plan and exam schedule for your cat. At Los Banos Veterinary Clinic, our wellness routines are customized to each pet to ensure the best possible care is being implanted on an individual case basis to help your pet live a long, happy life! 

Introduce existing pets slowly.

Your furry family members at home will be very anxious to meet a newcomer, but remember that a cat in a new environment already has a lot to take in and may be overwhelmed to meet other pets the first day. Especially since cats are territorial, it’s best to let your cat get used to a new house on his or her own and then introduce other pets on neutral ground until all are friends!

Adopting a cat not only helps a local cat in need, but will surely bring you and your family years of joy. Remember that once you visit your veterinarian for the initial visit, it’s recommended to keep consistent, even annual, veterinary care on your radar. 

If you ever have any questions or would like advice on choosing a local shelter or animal rescue organization, please feel free to reach out to our staff. We love helping our clients and future pet lovers find their happy ending! 

Posted Sunday, June 22, 2014