How to adopt a cat in a shelter

Posted on December 10 2018

How to adopt a cat in a shelter

Every year, thousands of cats are abandoned in America. By choosing a refuge in your choice to adopt a feline, you make a gesture of great kindness. You save the life of a cat who will have the opportunity to find a new family. Above all, you are going against an animal that is likely to have been disappointed by its first experience.

What modalities to adopt in a shelter?

In France, there are a plethora of associations that allow to adopt a cat. The best known is without doubt the SPA, which has about sixty refuges in the country and offers 45,000 animals for adoption each year. As she wrote in black and white, " adopting an animal is a serious and responsible step ." As any responsible person, you will be informed upstream to facilitate the process.

These are quite simple. To adopt a cat, you must provide a proof of identityand proof of address of less than 3 months. In addition to this, an adoption participation will be required for a feline. She is 150 € for a cat. An amount that corresponds to the identification, vaccination and sterilization of the animal.

The choice of the right cat

The associations, and especially the SPA, ensure that the union between one of his cats and his future master is final. A future abandonment would be lived as a failure, and is in any case by the philosophy of these associations. In fact, she will do everything to facilitate the relationship between the person wishing to adopt a cat, and the latter.

A cat can not be bought on a whim, and especially not in a single visit. You have set your sights on a feline? Very well. The first contact seems essential. A second or a third is preponderable. You must return to the spot a few days after the first meeting, see the reaction of the cat in question. You must take the time . Remember that you have several years to live together and that a good agreement is very important.

Carefully analyze your past

Before being in a shelter, a cat often has an unglamorous past . He may have been abandoned, abused , experienced emotional trauma that has shaped his character, made him more fearful, more fearful , sometimes more aggressive . His future family will have to help him to regain confidence in the human being, to regain confidence in him. The patient is essential when you are dealing with such a cat.

The associations do not hesitate to gather all the information on a cat in a form , accessible to all those who wish to adopt them. All you need to know is written in black and white, which avoids any unpleasant surprises. Again, these associations are not meant to give at all costs a cat to a master who can not agree. There is therefore no reason to "survive" the animal.

Take the time to tame it

As seen above, your cat from a shelter may be afraid of finding a family and a human presence. You will have to reassure him , put him in the best possible dispositions . Its environment should be conducive to its development, well-being and fulfillment. Taming it might take time . You will have to be extremely patient to become the best friend of your cat. Do not hesitate to talk to him gently, calmly.

There is no miracle recipe since each cat acts differently according to its character, its past. Yours may very well be cuddling, as it can stay hidden a good part of the day. You will have to adapt and do not surrender and bring it back to the shelter.

Adopt a cat in a shelter, many benefits

As a future master, you will have a lot of knowledge about the cat in question, especially if it is an adult. Indeed, you will know the character of your future cat even before having it at your home, you will know what he likes, what he does not appreciate. You will have a glimpse of his health. Is it of a rather solid or fragile constitution? You can therefore anticipate possible health expenses.

The advantage is that your cat will find a place to blossom and have a second chance in life. Is not this the most important?

In summary

Adopting a cat in a shelter is not complicated. The point is to know your degree of motivation. Doing so should not be done on a whim. Your future cat has a past, may have known abuse and you will have to be patient in his taming. In any case, several steps are mandatory before adoption. One visit can not suffice. The modalities are extremely simple.

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