Before you commit to adopting a cat, be sure you have done your research. All cats have different personalities – even within the same breed – so be sure that you get to know a prospective new cat so you can be sure he/she matches your lifestyle and that you are committed to providing a lifetime of love and proper care, both physical and emotional.
Adopt Don’t Shop
The Catnip Times strongly believes in making adoption through a rescue/shelter, your first, second, and third option. There are many rescues that specialize in certain breeds. That’s because people relinquish their purebred cats when they realize how much time, attention, and/or care they require – and that they are not equipped to provide that care. Too often, people will love the look of a cat, and later realize that their cat has needs that are beyond what they are willing or capable of providing. If you’re unsure, talk to pet owners who have a breed you’re considering (that’s what instagram is for.)
Please do your research. Pets are a lifetime commitment. Check out resources like Petfinder.com to find your next furry family member. I found one of the best cats of my life through Petfinder nearly 20 years ago. If you’re looking for specific traits or a specific look, please don’t pass up the opportunity to adopt and rescue a shelter cat or a mixed breed cat. You can find amazing cats with the traits you desire in shelters everywhere.
If you decide you are going to adopt through a breeder, be sure you carefully research them to ensure they operate ethically. While most people are familiar with puppy mills, kitten mills also exist and are abhorrent. Organizations like The International Cat Association (TICA) is working toward breeder certification and breeder code of ethics, so you may want to check with them to find out how to identify scammers who exploit pets for their own gain.
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