Tips on Adopting a Shelter Cat

June is Adopt a Shelter cat month. Here at Hillrose Pet Resort, we are BIG believers in pet adoption. We believe adopting a pet into your home is one of the greatest things a person can do for an animal. Adoption gives the pet a fresh start with the security of a loving family. People who bring a shelter pet into their home feel a deep sense of commitment to the pet as well as a sense of pride knowing they have saved the life of an innocent animal. However, adopting a shelter cat, or any pet for that matter, does bring its challenges so knowing some important tips ahead of time can help make the transition go much more smoothly.


Before diving into the wonderful life of cat adoption, there are a few questions that are important to think through and answer for yourself and your family.

  1. Will the cat be alone all day? If so, as you consider adopting a shelter cat, you may want to consider adopting two cats who are bonded to each other. This may be two kittens from the same litter or two cats who have become bonded while at the shelter. This can make the transition easier for two reasons: 1) cats do need company 2) keeping two bonded cats together can help both cope with the transition to a new home.
  2. Do you have other pets? It’s important to determine, before you adopt, if the cat you are considering is friendly and adaptable to being around other animals.
  3. Do you have children? If so, you may want to consider adopting a calm adult cat. Some cats don’t do well with children so carefully observing how the cat relates to your children before bringing the cat home is very important.
  4. What type of temperament do you want? Do you prefer a high-energy or a more docile cat. Some cat breeds are more active while others are more docile. It is important to consider the activity of your household before adopting a cat.
  5. Is your house cat ready? Make sure you have everything the cat will need from the litter box, to scratching poles and cat toys.
  6. Would you consider adopting a “special needs” cat? There are many shelter cats that are old or have health problems and therefore get passed over by many families. However, these older or special cats need a loving home as well, so opening your home to such a cat is certainly something to consider.

Once you have considered these questions, you are ready for the step of bringing home your shelter cat. Here at Hillrose Pet Resort, we have had the pleasure of caring for many shelter cats over the years and we always count it a privilege. We make every effort to make every adopted pet feel very loved and secure when they board at our kennel.

We hope you have found these tips helpful and we wish you the best with your pet adoption.

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