‘Adoption is when two roads converge, yet one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.
There are certain determinants one must acknowledge before adopting. The initial step would be weighing the pros and cons. While you might think giving food and shelter to a cat might fulfill their needs, you might be going wrong there. Cats are similar to human babies, along with the essentials they need your attention and love. So let’s collate a basic guide to understand the pre and post-adoption process.
Why should you adopt?
The reason for it would be that cats are great companions and are sensitive by nature. According to the study conducted by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, 74% of humans claimed to have improved mental health after adopting a pet. The most important reason for it would be that they require a home, a loving family, or a tiny space in your heart!
Where can you adopt?
Well, you’re lucky to be born in this era because there are online and offline methods of adoption. These are some foundations:
You could either contact or visit them. There are various groups and pages on social media platforms that update one about adoption such as For the Fours.
What do you do once you Adopt?
Understand the importance of pet-proofing, veterinarian visits, insurance, socialization, the health history of the cat, and what to do at every step of the way. Here are some insights for you;
- 1-2 weeks old: Their eyes are slightly open and their ears remain flat. This is when you kitten-proof the house. Their diet will contain a milk formula and they will have to be bottle-fed every 3-4 hours day and night. The formula is available in the local pet store as well as online sites.
- 2-3 weeks old: This is the age when they try getting up and playing. You feed them every 4-5 hours day and night. They are ready to get dewormed as well. Keep in mind if they are not fed on schedule, they could have a hypoglycemic shock and die.
- 4-6 weeks old: They are ready to get weaned and vaccinated. Slowly introduce them to kitten food.
- 6-8 weeks old: Fully introduce them to dry food which could later be supplemented with canned food. During this time, focus on certain health factors and infections.
Watch out for behavioral changes, pain, illness, stress, and anxiety. Make frequent visits to the vet to check on all the factors related to mental and physical distress. They develop anxiety because of various factors such as travel anxiety, socialization, changes in the environment etcetera. Young adult felines generally have hairballs in their stomachs so remember to have effective hairball management.
You could consider Calming Supplements before you travel with your feline companion.
Fun fact: Cats purr when they’re happy and content but it could also be a sign of stress, illness, and other forms of distress.
They could develop various health issues when they are older so make sure you keep the litter box downstairs so they avoid climbing the stairs, make frequent trips to the vet, and give them the required medications and supplements.
Fun fact: Cats have separation anxiety when they are kept away from their owners. According to research at least 13.5 of sampled cats have shown traits pertaining to separation anxiety issues. That would be 20/30 cats. Yes, they do love their humans!
Consider all these factors before adopting a cat because it is crucial to remember when to adopt and whether you have the time and vitality. If you are considering bringing home a furry friend, ‘always remember to adopt and not shop.’
Share the article if you found it helpful and plan on adopting, these are some links that would direct you to the adoption centers. Go get ‘em!