After making the decision to own a feline friend, you are now set with the conundrum of buying or adopting. Yes, you can buy a kitten from a responsible breeder. And if you are looking for a purebred kitten or cat, then maybe that is the best option for you. But there are various reasons that a shelter or rescue kitten/cat can be better for your family. Below are eight reasons to adopt a cat/kitten:
1. Your health will improve
Cats (whether they are from a shelter, rescue or breeder) provide a lot of health benefits for humans.
They can help to ease depression and loneliness and decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It’s a proven fact that stroking a purring cat can also reduce a human’s blood pressure. And children are less likely to develop allergies and respiratory issues when growing up with a cat in the house.
Overall cats can help build structure and routine to your life, while also warding off loneliness and health issues.
2. You are saving a cat’s life
Cats in animal shelters and rescue programs are there because something in their lives has gone sideways, and they need a new home. By adopting a cat you may well give it a reprieve from euthanasia if the shelter or rescue program becomes over-crowded.
3. You’ll find your perfect pet
One of the big reasons to adopt a cat is that you will have a good selection of cats to choose from when adopting from a shelter or rescue group. There will be a wide variety of ages, shapes, sizes, colours, coat types and breeds – one of which will fit perfectly into your home. And generally, shelter/rescue group employees will be able to give valuable advice on each cat’s personality and quirks.
4. You will save money
Most cats adopted from a shelter or rescue program come with current vaccination status, a health check-up and neutering or spaying. Other than an adoption fee, food and other home-life necessities, your expenses will be minimized.
5. You can choose a real hunter
In general, cats help to deter pests. Basically, if it moves, it gets pounced on by a cat. However, cats that have in the past been feral are particularly good pest-reduction companions.
6. You allow more kittens/cats to be helped
By adopting a cat from a shelter or rescue group, you open up a space for another cat in need.
7. You won’t have to worry as much about grooming
Cats tend to be meticulous self-groomers, which means you won’t have to do as much in that department. Long-haired cats, of course, require regular coat care but a short-coated kitty is pretty self-sufficient in this category.
8. You’ll acquire a new low maintenance family member
Cats are less labour-intensive than dogs. While some cat owners take their cats for walks on harnesses, most felines are happy to sleep 16-20 hours a day and couldn’t care less if they never leave their home and property. If you are going away for a couple of days a cat is self-sufficient enough that you can get away with leaving plenty of food and freshwater down and avoid having to find a pet sitter.
While finding the right cat for your household may take a while, rest assured that your final choice will bring much happiness, entertainment and comfort to you and your family. A happy cat makes for a happy home, and what cat wouldn’t be content to be out of a shelter or rescue situation and in the loving arms of your family?
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