June is Adopt a Cat month, so I thought I would give you some Tips to Adopt a Cat and what you can expect from a cat by bringing them into your home. I have some experience in the area, so while I am most certainly not an expert, I have some ideas of my own.
Cats are odd creatures. (Don’t tell my daughter I said so.) They are very aloof, like they don’t really need you, even though they really do. They want your attention, when they want your attention, usually in the middle of the night when you are trying to sleep. They sleep in odd locations, like wrapped around the top of your head or right in your face when you are sleeping. If you are working on a keyboard, they will lay across your keyboard to get your attention. These were odd things to me when we got our first cat. I’m used to them now.
I did not grow up with cats in my home. My parents are not cat people. When my husband and I were married, so many years ago, he thought it would be a fun idea to get a kitten for our daughter, who was four when we were married. His sister’s cat had had some kittens, so she offered one of those up to us. Samantha fell deeply in love with that cat and named her Crystal Kenisha. No idea where she came up with that name, but it stuck.
It’s quite a few years later and we have adopted several others over those years. Kassye has a cat named Truffles, who was brought into our home as a set, one for Kassye and one for Nicholas. They named the cats Chocolate and Vanilla. Truffles was Chocolate when we got her. Vanilla has, unfortunately, gone to kitty Heaven.
The day we got these cats, my husband and I went to a house in a neighboring town with a container to bring a cat home in. We obviously decided to bring home two cats and not the one we had planned on. Now, something you don’t know about Kassye is that when she was growing up, it was almost impossible to get her to clean her room. Seriously, so hard.
Well, we brought home these kittens in a plastic box with a lid and we really wanted her to clean her room and stop being soooooo slow. Kassye could hear the noise coming from the box and was quite put out that we wouldn’t let whatever was in the box out until she got her room cleaned. I am telling you that those little kittens were the very best motivation we ever found for her. If it wouldn’t have been awful for us, I think we would have used that motivation again. She picked Chocolate and has loved her ever since that day. Really, really loved her.
While cats are a little weird and off putting at times, they will love you when you need it. When I was recovering from knee surgery, Louie, a new cat, sat with me every day I was sitting in that chair. He was really protective of me and really loved me. I think that is the best thing about cats. They are also pretty good entertainment if you happen to have a laser pen.
One thing that we had in common with each addition of a cat into our family is that we had supplies to buy to get things ready. You don’t really have to buy all of these supplies at the same time, but it helps to have a lot of them. Kassye likes to dress her cats, which I’m pretty sure they hate, so maybe you don’t need a wardrobe for them. I think if you are one of those people who want to dress their cats, you should start right from the beginning, so they don’t know any different.
One: Cat Bed: I think with a cat bed, you have to get it right from the beginning or they won’t sleep in it. The cats we have had have always slept with the kids, or on my head. Seriously. Not sure why on my head.
Two: Toys: They don’t have to be expensive, but you want to give them something fun to occupy their time, so they don’t get into trouble.
Three: Cat Tree: If you can get one with lots of levels and that has some toys hanging down that would be the most fun for your cats.
Four: Crinkle Sac: You know how cats like to play in plastic bags, until they get stuck? The crinkle sac is the solution to keeping your cat safe while allowing it to play in a sac.
Five: Cat Scratcher: I think the vertical scratchers are better than the horizontal scratchers.
Seven and Ten: Litter Box: We actually got bigger plastic tubs with sides about a foot high so that the cats don’t fling the litter out of the box. Wayfair has so great options too, like this spinner variety and the automatic cleaning variety. These make cleaning so much easier.
Nine: Some sort of carrier to transport the cat in from the adoption point to your home and for times you need to take them to the vet.
Other very important things you will need for your new friend are:
Cat Litter: The finer grained the better, according to our vet. Some cats don’t like scented litter, so it’s trial and error.
Cat Food: I’m not going to tell you a preference, but I will tell you this from experience, higher quality food makes less poo in the box. Just sayin’ straight out. Also, dry cat food causes less stink and easier to scoop poo than wet food. Again, just sayin’.
Catnip: This is just something fun for the cat.
There you have my list of things you can purchase to get your home ready to adopt a cat. You can adopt a cat from your local humane society or animal shelter. There are probably local private shelters as well. Finally, you can look in the news paper or on a local advertising site for cats and kittens. The final option will most likely not cost you any money. We have never paid for a kitten. Wherever you get your new kitten, be sure that you keep them safe and let them know you love them. Take good care of them and they will take good care of you.
Have you ever adopted a kitten or cat? What was your experience?