Thinking of Getting a Pet: Try Getting a Cat
Adopt a cat, save a life
Perhaps, to get a pet has been an idea that has been around your mind lately.Maybe, on one of your trips to a foreign country, such as your recent Amsterdam holiday, you’ ve probably seen a lot of cats that also gave you the idea to become a cat parent.More important than what other people(or a random tech blog about animals) might have to say about cats, though, suffice it to say that they make awesome animal companions. On the other hand, if you’ re fairly convinced about getting a cat, then you might want to ditch the idea of getting a cat from an expensive source.Instead of doing that, try getting a cat from a local rescue center or shelter.Here are some reasons why it would be great if you do so, for both you and the cat.
Why You Should Adopt From a Shelter
First of all, by choosing to adopt a cat, you will actually be saving not just one life, but more than one. The facts and numbers are quite grim and sad for cats, when it comes to adoption. 3.2 million cats can be found in shelters every year and of these, about 860,000 are euthanized annually. Adopting a cat not only helps one of these many animals, looking for a home, but also opens a space for shelters and rescue groups to take in another cat.
Second, by adopting, it would be good for you financially and makes a lot of sense for you in terms of your budget. For a relatively low fee, you’ll take home a cat that is already spayed or neutered, up-to- date on vaccines and microchipped. Many shelters and rescues will also include extras in the adoption fee such as a cat collar, a bag of food or pet insurance. In more ways than one, that truly is value for your money.
Third, by adopting a cat from a shelter, you get to have a pretty good idea of what the cat’s personality is like. Cats in many shelters interact with their caretakers and volunteers every day, and these people really get to know their personalities. Particularly with adult cats, you can find a companion with the type of temperament you’re looking for. You could find a playful, active cat or a calmer feline who prefers cuddling and a quieter environment.
Fourth, if you choose to adopt from a shelter or a local rescue center, you will be met with a greater variety of cats from which you can freely choose. Unlike choosing from a newborn litter which assumes that they are of the same kind and age, the shelter is full of all types and sizes. You can find any type of cat you want at a shelter, from kittens to seniors, short-haired to long-haired, all sizes and colors. In fact, if you’re looking for a specific breed, such as a Siamese, you can contact cat-specific rescue groups to find your new friend. So, there you have it, the many reasons why, if you should ever get a cat, you should do so by adopting from a local shelter. Have fun and much love.