Ask a Cat Lady: How Do I Know Which Cat to Adopt?

Sep 13th 2012  |   2 Contributions

Sandy asks, “I’m looking to adopt a kitty. How do I know which one to choose?”

When choosing a new kitty friend, there are loads of options to consider. In the end, though, I believe it’s about bonding with a new friend. You need to suit each other.

I REALLY wanted my first cat to be gray, but when I sat in the room with a host of potential new friends, it was the little black-and-white kitten who jumped onto my lap and took the reins of my heart. Now he’s an 18-pound monster who takes up half the bed, but I love Dunkin just the same. 

I have particular opinions about who I think makes an awesome cat. With my foster kittens, I subscribe to the Vacuum Test. Who doesn’t jet under the bed when I turn on the vacuum? THAT is an awesome cat right there.

Right now, of my fosters, Stilton is on the top of my list. That said, Brie and Feta were the first ones adopted! So take the time to hang out and bond with your potential mates. Hold them, play with them, and take time to watch how they interact with other members of your family. You never know whose big eyes will meet yours and never let go! 

"The Chosen One" by Sarah Donner

Lyrics: 

There are many cats that you can choose
How do you know which is right for you?
Long or short, boy or girl, all grown up
Or a kitten could be the perfect one

If you open up your heart, you will find
There are many cats that can fit inside
To find the perfect one, keep an open mind
Chances are, they’ll choose you
You won’t have to try

When they’re young, they’re high strung so keep that in mind
Kittens take attention, kittens take time
Fancy cats with fancy fur look so fine
You have to groom them every day to make them shine
If have little kids who like to punch and poke
You want a cat who is chill and can take a joke (or be choked)

If you open up your heart, you will find
There are many cats that can fit inside
To find the perfect one keep an open mind
Chances are, they’ll choose you
You won’t have to try

SOURCES: HowStuffWorks, Catster

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