Why Get A Rescue Cat You ask?
Let's face it, everyone loves kittens! From their cute innocent expressions to their uninhibited play, kittens are just plain fun to have and watch grow up. About 82 percent of kittens get adopted, but as they get older the likelihood drops, and once they pass around 18 months old, only 60 percent of cats get adopted.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) there are about 93.6 million pet cats in the country, and approximately 33 percent of households have at least one cat. In fact, only about 2 to 5 percent of cats entering shelters are later reclaimed by owners (as compared to about 30 percent of dogs who are reclaimed), according to HSUS.
So Then How Do You Choose?
I think that's a personal decision for sure but in my opinion, kittens are great when you have kids. Kittens get in trouble and kids get in trouble but as a kid growing up it was wonderful watching our kitten become a cat. I remember it very well even at 40. Kittendom is only a fraction of a cat's existence, but if you get to experience how adorable it is, you'll never forget that part of your life. I also think you need patience with a kitten because with very sharp teeth and claws they need to be trained just like a puppy. Litter box training is a must and teaching them to use scratching posts instead of furniture. Then there are shots and getting spayed or neutered.
From Jackson Galaxy:
"Please, please, PLEASE never purchase a kitten from a pet store! No matter what the salesperson tells you, it is a stone cold fact that pet stores get their animals from only two places: irresponsible “backyard breeders” who couldn’t be bothered to spay their cat; and commercial mills, where cats spend their lives in cramped, dirty cages with little human contact or veterinary care, solely for the purpose of bringing two or three litters a year into an overcrowded world. Yes, there are kitten mills, although puppy mills are much more common. Persians are common victims of kitten mills. (See Purebred Cat Rescue for more info.) "
"Kittens from either mills or pet stores are likely to have parasites, hidden genetic and health problems, and significant socialization deficiencies. People are often taken in by those pitiful little faces and want to save them, but every well-intentioned “rescue” from a pet store condemns one more mother cat to a horrible life. Suppliers do not care why you bought it–they only know that you just put a big wad of money in their pockets."
I can't stress this point enough!
Are You Older Or Do You Have Grown Up Kids?
Maybe adopting a rescue kitty is a better answer. Usually, the cats already have their shots and are litter box trained. Most rescue cats are grown and have been around people so they are a great company. Most are already spayed or neutered leaving with less of a headache. There is usually an adoption fee which helps pay for the cats shots and spayed or neutering.
The average lifespan of a cat is 13 to 17 years, but a lot of cats have been known to live over 20. The main benefit of adopting from a rescue centre is that you get a guarantee of its health: they’ve all been through health checks, been seen by a vet, had their blood taken, had vaccinations, been microchipped and neutered, and if there’s anything like dental work needed they’ll have that done before they’re re-homed. If there are ongoing medical conditions we’ll make you fully aware of that too.
From Humane Society: "Shelters are filled with healthy, affectionate cats and kittens of every color, shape, and size imaginable, including many purebreds for which you'd pay a breeder hundreds of dollars. Most shelter cats are mixed-breed, each of which has a unique look—a splash of color, a quartet of irregular "socks," a certain twinkle in the eye—all his or her own."
"Yet another way to bring a cat into your life is to contact a rescue group, which is an organization devoted to placing cats into caring foster homes until a permanent placement can be found. Many groups take any type of cat; others are devoted to specific breeds."
"There are cat rescue groups across the country. They typically accept cats from people who can't or don't want to care for them anymore, and then go to work finding good, "forever" homes for them. That might even include transporting cats across the country into the arms of their new owner."
"Rescue groups also often cooperate with animal shelters, placing some of the shelter cats into foster homes to open up much-needed cage space for new arrivals."
"It's easy to find rescue groups in your city or state by doing an Internet search, talking to the staff of your local animal shelter or asking a few questions at veterinary clinics in your area."
As For Us, We Adopted
My wife and I adopted an 8-year-old calico about 6 years ago and another one about 5 years ago. I have had kittens growing up but I have seen how many cats are forgotten about at shelters ( Cue the Sarah Mclaughlin Music ). We couldn't resist getting shelter cats and they are two of the sweetest cats ever. If you don't really have time for training a kitten and paying for everything adoption is perfect! Rescuing a cat is so rewarding and they are always grateful. I'd highly recommend finding a shelter in your area. Thanks for reading!
By: Andy Harms
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