PetMD Editorial

Updated Feb. 11, 2021

Looking for a pet that is loving and independent? How about one that will fit your lifestyle? Well, here are some simple ways to adopt one such creature. The cat.

Cats are a great addition to a household. Not only are they clean and self-sufficient, but they are excellent at eliminating any rodents in your area. There are lots of ways to go about getting a cat. And depending on the type of cat you want, adopting from the local Humane Society or Pet Rescue organization is a fantastic idea, especially since there are plenty of unwanted cats in the world.

Why should Angelina Jolie have all the fun in the world of adoption? Sure, a cat is a little different than adopting a kid from another country, but it's also a lot less responsibility. If you're used to long hours at work, love pulling all-nighters out on the town or just have plenty of kids in the house, a cat just might be your sort of pet.

When adopting, many organizations, such as the Humane Society, will interview you first. This is to make sure your home is a good environment for one of their cats (or kittens). Most cat rescue places will have already spayed or neutered their cats, and vaccinated them against certain diseases. However, there is an adoption fee or donation to help cover the costs of running the shelter and to help pay for all the medical costs.

What if you are considering adopting a kitten? Yes, kittens are adorable. But they can end up being more work than adopting an adult cat. Adult cats will have already developed a personality, giving you the ability to handpick a cat that fits your needs, according to the staff's suggestions. These cats are also toilet-trained, calmer than their younger counterparts and fit easily into a household. This is because a grown cat has already established whether it loves/hates other cats or dogs, and is much better with kids. And since cats can live for up to 20 years, adopting an adult cat will still afford you many years with a wonderful pet.

Before you adopt your new cat, make sure you have a litter box, litter, food and water, and bedding available. Cats are very loving and loyal, making them great companions. And because they are so self-sufficient, they suit even the busiest of people.

So bring out your inner Angelina (or Brad, if you're card-carrying member of the Y chromosome society), and adopt a cat today!

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