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  • Hi I'm Caitlin Lewis, community outreach manager for the Humane

  • Society of Greater Dayton.

  • Wanting to adopt a cat or kitten, but not sure where to

  • start or what to expect?

  • Well we're here to talk about everything you need to think about and

  • do before, during, and after a cat adoption in order to have a great

  • experience for you, and to provide a great home for your new pet.

  • Research is a vital part of pet adoption, so we encourage prospective

  • adopters to make several visits to their local animal organizations

  • during the process.

  • Utilize their websites so you can clearly understand the needs of your

  • prospective pet before making this important decision.

  • Before heading to the shelter, you'll want to identify which cat breed would

  • best fit your lifestyle.

  • Fewer than 10% of the world's cats, both in and out of

  • shelters, are pure bred.

  • The majority, common house cats, have charmed their way into becoming the

  • number one most popular pet in the United States.

  • Before heading to the shelter, there are a couple of final considerations

  • for you and your family.

  • If yours is a full time working household, it is recommended that you

  • pass up kittens and adolescents, cats less than 18 months old, in favor of a

  • more low key adult who's energy needs will be easier to meet.

  • If you're a novice cat owner, think twice about excessive cats.

  • Excessively shy, aggressive, or demanding, for they may provide too

  • great of a challenge for your first experience.

  • Is coat color or pattern important?

  • By all means choose a cat who attracts you, but remember that the gorgeous

  • Calico hiding at the back of her cage may well go into prolonged hiding once

  • she is released into your home.

  • A cat that is social and relaxed at the shelter usually has the ease to

  • meet the stresses that life throws her way.

  • Consider the whole cat, not just one element.

  • Your best bet is the friendly, outgoing cat who offers an

  • outstretched paw through the cage bars, and who nuzzles and purrs when

  • you hold him in your arms.

  • This profile is a particularly good choice for

  • families with young children.

  • A cat in your life can add warmth, humor, and peace of mind.

  • A cat can teach your child empathy for others while keeping her secrets.

  • If you can make the commitment, a cat is waiting to enhance your life in

  • ways only a kindred spirit can.

  • Loving pets of all shapes and sizes are waiting in animal shelters, hoping

  • to find a permanent home.

  • But there are many misconceptions about shelter pets.

  • Shelter animals can make wonderful lifelong companions if

  • only given the chance.

  • People often think shelters contain only the rejects, pets that have a

  • health or behavior problem.

  • This is not true.

  • Shelters are filled with animals that have been surrendered by their owners

  • because of divorce, owner illness, allergies, new babies, and

  • inexperienced owners.

  • Most shelter pets would like nothing more than a chance at a happy life and

  • their own family to share it with.

  • There are so many reasons for adopting from a shelter.

  • Shelters have all types of patents.

  • Mixed breeds, pure breeds, young and old.

  • Regardless of the shape, size or breed, most shelter pets are vet

  • checked, healthy, and ready for their new homes.

  • And they'll likely save you money too.

  • Adoption fees for shelter pets are typically less expensive than those

  • you would find at a pet store or a breeder.

  • Initial vet checks, vaccines, deworming, and spay or neuter surgery

  • is already included as part of the cost.

  • You also get literature on caring for your new cat or kitten, plus support

  • and guidance from shelter staff if you have questions.

  • Pet adoption is an exciting, but also time consuming process.

  • It's always best to call ahead to the animal shelter and find out what

  • documents you need to bring with you.

  • Typical items include picture identification with

  • your current address.

  • If you're renting, bring your lease or a letter from your landlord.

  • It must state that you are permitted to have pets, and how many.

  • Your landlord's contact information should also be displayed.

  • If you own your home, you might be requested to

  • provide proof of ownership.

  • References.

  • Have a list of references handy, including their phone numbers, and ask

  • them for permission before using them as a reference.

  • If you've had pets before, including a veterinary reference is a good idea.

  • Cash, debit card, or credit card for paying the adoption fee.

  • Smaller shelters or rescue organizations sometimes don't accept

  • credit cards.

  • Ask before if you're unsure.

  • Everyone in your family.

  • Many shelters require that every person in your household meet the pet

  • you may be adopting.

  • This is to ensure that everyone gets along and agrees to the adoption.

  • Once you've introduced a new cat to the family, you want to make sure they

  • feel at home as quickly as possible.

  • A cat's ideal refuge is a place where they can go and be with their things.

  • A soft bed, food and water, a scratching post, and plenty of toys.

  • Their area should be away from the rest of the house and out of the line

  • of traffic.

  • Finding just the right cat or kitten for you or your family is a rewarding

  • experience.

  • When that is coupled with bringing them home from a shelter, it is a

  • double reward.

  • By doing your homework, and with the little patience, you'll have her home

  • in no time.

  • Let's recap.

  • Do your research.

  • Identify what type of cat would suit your family and lifestyle.

  • Consider adopting from a shelter.

  • And lastly, find out what you'll need to bring to the shelter.

  • On behalf of Iams, I'm Caitlin Lewis for Howdini.

  • For more information and offers, check out the website.

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  • Have you adapted a sheltered pet?

  • Be sure to share your story below in the comment section.

Hi I'm Caitlin Lewis, community outreach manager for the Humane

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