Are you considering adding a cat to enhance your lifestyle, become a loyal companion, or to expand your family of fur babies? Those are all excellent reasons to adopt a cat versus buying one. When you’re ready to do so, there are two ways to go about it. You can purchase a cat from a pet store, breeder, or acquaintance or you can adopt a pet from a shelter, another family, or animal rescue group. We’re huge proponents of adopting a cat into your forever home versus buying one.
Keep reading for 8 reasons to adopt a cat versus buying one.
- Eliminate The Element of Surprise
Adopting a shelter cat often eliminates the element of surprise. Shelter cats come with a medical history and a general report on their temperament and behavior, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into.
- Help Control The Pet Population
When you adopt, rather than purchase, a cat, you help control the pet population. You also do your part to help end the dangerous, overcrowded kitten mills that relentlessly breed cats for purchase.
- Give An Adult Cat A Good Home
While you’re likely to find kittens at adoption facilities as well, one of the biggest reasons to adopt a cat is to give an adult cat a safe, happy home. Adult cats are usually less excitable and energetic than kittens, meaning you’ll typically get a calmer, more self-sufficient, independent pet.
- Save A Cat From Euthanasia
As many as 8 million cats are taken into animal shelters each year. When you adopt a cat (especially from a shelter that euthanizes unadopted pets after a specified time period), you save its life and help shelters make room for more needy cats.
- Improve Your Life, Too
An adopted cat might just save your life, too. They’ll certainly enhance it because pets have been proven to lower blood pressure, give you something to look forward to, and give you someone to come home to at the end of a long day.
- Get The Pick of The Litter
Do you feel like you have to purchase a cat in order to get the breed you prefer? In actuality, adoption centers have a huge assortment of cat breeds and the possibility of getting the breed you prefer is relatively good.
- Save Some Serious Cash
Pet stores are expensive! You can save a hefty sum of money when you adopt your new cat. The money you save by not purchasing through a pet store, breeder, or kitten mill can buy a lot of fun toys, scratching posts, and pet treats.
- Become A Role Model
Reasons to adopt a cat are plentiful. Chief among them is that you have the opportunity to set a good example for potential cat moms and dads. You’ll also become part of a pet-loving community of adopters who understand the love and value of a shelter pet.
Plan a visit to your local shelter today. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can find local shelters by checking out this link. You can also do an online search to see their adoptable cats. Giving a home to a rescue cat is a great way to support your local community, lessen the number of feral cats, provide a cat with a safe, loving home, and adopt a companion who will enhance your life. Have you been lucky enough to give a rescue pet his or her forever home? Share your experience in the comments below. You might be just the inspiration someone needs to make a forever home for a deserving fur baby.