Congratulations! You have made the momentous decision to have a feline companion in your life!
It is a serious decision because any pet becomes a member of the family and you have the same responsibilities to that beloved cat as you do to any other family member. A pet is your responsibility for their entire life, not just for when it is convenient.
Please ensure that you have thought through and planned for all eventualities that may happen. Although house cats used to live for an average of seven to ten years, now the average is about fifteen years.
A home for any pet is a forever home.
Now that you have decided to take on this responsibility, the next decision is whether to adopt a cat or to buy from a breeder.
Our own stance is adoption every time.
There are millions of animals that are euthanised every year and this is your chance to rescue one of them. There are so many abandoned animals in the world who need a place where they can call home.
Imagine being all alone in the world with no family or friends or shelter having to rely on whatever food you can scavenge. That’s the life of a stray cat.
Or maybe you can imagine being locked up the whole day in a confined space trapped with a bunch of strangers with the constant threat of execution over your head. That’s the life of a shelter cat, especially an adult one.
So when you adopt you literally save a life and you give another soul shelter from the storm of the world. Of course there may be challenges, but there are challenges in all things that are worth doing.
So here are our Top Five Reasons to Adopt a Cat:
1. You’ll Save Lives
As stated above, you have the opportunity to save and dramatically improve another life. Please take it!
In fact, you will actually save more than one life. First of all, the money that you pay the shelter will go towards taking care of other animals. Secondly you’ll make space for another animal in the shelter. So you'll be a multiple life saver!
2. You’ll Get A Fantastic Companion
Most shelter cats are there because they have been abandoned because of a human issue, such as marriage or divorce or even just moving home, not because there is anything significantly wrong with the kitty. Most of the cats are healthy and have already been housetrained.
They are just waiting for you to give them a happy home!
3. You’ll Save Money!
Buying a cat from a breeder can easily cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Adoption costs are usually negligible with just some administrative costs to be paid. Some of the adoptees may also already be microchipped as well.
Usually when you adopt a pet, the cost of spaying or neutering and first vaccinations is included in the adoption price. Depending on the cat, as stated above, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses so there won’t be a need to replace that carpet or sofa!
4. You Have More Choice
When you buy a cat from a breeder it is normally a very young animal who will require extra care and attention. They will also have unlimited energy to make mayhem!
This may be exactly what you are looking for, but an adult or older cat may actually be a better fit for your lifestyle, especially if you have to leave them alone when you go to work.
5. You Can Be A Role Model
We all want to make the world a better place but we must be the change we want to see in the world for that to happen. If you adopt your beloved companion, then you can be a shining example for your friends and community to follow.
So be that change and adopt a cat today!