Are you really ready for a cat?

Not everyone who adopts a cat is ready for one. Our contract, which provide for our cats for the rest of their lives, proves this. One of the provisions in our contract states that we will take the cat back in an extenuating circumstance. By "extenuating" we mean unusual, unavoidable, or extreme circumstances. This is for the cat' s own good as well as for the owner. No one should feel trapped into a situation where the animal has to be disposed of in an untimely manner. The cat deserves better than this.

Here are some guidelines to help you decide:

  1. Do you live in an apartment and have a tendency to move from one place to another? Our experience tells us that apartment dwellers find it too easy to change addresses often. Simply moving into a "no pets" situation DOES NOT constitute an extenuating circumstance.
  2. Our contract also suggests that a pet cat (as opposed to a working barn cat) be kept indoors and free of fleas. All too often, we find people disposing of their pets because they don't know how to deal with fleas. If a cat is kept indoors there is no excuse for having fleas.
  3. Does shedding pet hair bother you to the point where you are not willing to cope with it? There are methods of controlling this seasonal problem and you should learn what they are.
  4. Are you trying to find a cat exactly like the one you had "before"? This is not fair to the new cat because he can never replace another.
  5. Do you understand that long haired cats should be combed (not just brushed) at least every other day and short haired cats should be brushed or combed weekly?
  6. Have you estimated the cost of veterinary care? Every pet cat should be neutered or spayed and appropriate vaccines be kept up to date. Also your budget should include a quality diet
  7. You should be prepared to spend a certain number of hours each day with your cat. If you find it necessary to leave your home for long periods of time be sure you provide a special room where the cat is comfortable where you can close the door and leave him for extended periods. He will get used to it and your mind will be relieved about his activities. This simple plan puts you in control.
  8. If this is a kitten you are adopting, are you aware of the activity level of a kitten? Do you know how to properly train it and are you able to spend the time training it?
  9. Are you in control of your small children or are they allowed to do "what comes naturally"? Children need to be taught such things as not to squeeze the kitty or use him for a pillow. Sometimes it is the kitty who needs protection more than the child. Children are fascinated by eyes and often want to touch the open eye of a pet. Tails are convenient "handles" for a toddler and the cat must not be blamed for protecting his "handle".
  10. Human pregnancy is not an extenuating circumstance. Pregnant women and cats have coexisted for centuries. Keeping hands washed is all that is required for total protection.