Adopting a cat is lifetime commitment, so consider the following questions as you meet various cats so that you can find your best match. If you have concerns, always ask your Sunset Veterinary Clinic pet vet!
Mixed-Breed of Purebred Cat?
Some pure-breed cats run a higher risk of health problems you need to be aware of, and may be more expensive to adopt. Some purebreds have strong personalities or physical traits that may or may not fit well into your lifestyle (long hair vs. short hair), so do your homework before choosing a particular breed. There are thousands of healthy mixed-breed cats in shelters across Oklahoma City with good personalities, so consider visiting a few before you decide.
Kitten or Adult Cat?
Adult cats may have been spayed or neutered already. Kittens require more frequent visits with the veterinarian initially for de-worming, cat vaccinations and spay or neuter surgery. On the other hand, adult cats usually already have their personalities developed and you can observe them to decide whether or not they’d be a good fit in your home. Kittens can adapt their personalities to your family as they grow, but they can be as inquisitive as toddlers as they explore the home, sometimes getting into trouble because of their inexperience.
If you have children at home, take them and their personalities into consideration when matching them with a cat. Are they old enough to understand the responsibilities of pet care? Has the cat already had a lot of experience (good or bad) around children? Weigh those two questions carefully before deciding.
Male or Female?
If your cat has been spayed or neutered, this shouldn’t make much difference. Sunset Veterinary Clinic urges all cat owners to have their cats spayed and neutered; it significantly reduces the population of strays, nearly eliminates male cat aggression, spraying and roaming behavior, and female cat restlessness during heat. Spaying and neutering also decreases the risks of many cat reproductive cancers.
If you’ve adopted a cat, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a wellness check and cat vaccinations. If you’re in the process of deciding, we can help you through these and other questions: (405) 844-2888.