In honor of Remember Me Thursday, which takes place this year on September 27, 2018, I’m turning the blog over to Woodrow, who will be sharing his Pro Tips for Adopting a Shelter Cat.
Remember Me Thursday is the fourth Thursday of every September, and it’s meant to shine a light on orphan pets in shelters and rescues that are waiting for their forever homes.
On this Remember Me Thursday, let’s get the whole world talking about pet adoption on social media! And now, here’s what one former shelter cat has to say about adoption.
Advice from a Former Shelter Cat
Woodrow here! I’m popping in today to offer some awesome pro tips on adopting a shelter cat. You may be asking why I’m doing this. Is this hunk-of-a-mancat qualified to be giving advice? Why, yes…yes, I am, thankyouverymuch.
Being a former shelter cat myself, I’ve seen lots of potential adopters come and go. And a lot of them passed me up. Actually, all of them passed me up except for Mama. But that’s a story for a different day. So, I wanted to drop in and give you my pro tips. Ready? Let’s go!
Pro Tips for Adopting a Shelter Cat
Don’t overlook the “normals” and the “oldies”
Speaking of being passed over at the shelter time and time again, my first pro tip is to make sure you consider the “normals” and the “oldies.”
Mama said that she considered me a “normal” cat. Ha, I’m anything but normal! But what she means by that is I’m an average adult cat. I don’t have any unique traits that might make someone stop in their tracks and shout, “That one, that one!” I’m not a specific breed, I don’t have three legs (I actually have four, but you know what I mean), I’m not blind, I have average markings – you get the idea. I’m just…normal.
Now, take my brother Harley as another example. He’s the “oldie” in our house. A lot of times, adopters want a kitten or a young cat. But being an oldie (a.k.a. senior) is subjective. Some cats can live to be over 20 years old! Which means that Harley, being 10, is only reaching his midlife crisis right now.
Normal cats and older cats make perfect pets. We purr the same, we knead the same, we cuddle the same. Do you get what I’m saying? Also, with adult cats, you usually know what you’re getting since we’ve already grown into our personalities.
Shelters are full of “normal” cats. Please be sure to look at us, too. Don’t go running past us to check out that kitten at the end of the aisle named Frank that you saw on a Facebook video who was batting a string and then turned to the camera to give you that pleading look so you’d rush right down to adopt him. Um, I mean that’s okay, too. But don’t discount us normals and oldies.
Take time to get to know the shy cats
Let’s circle back to our “oldie” Harley, another former shelter cat. When he first arrived here as a foster cat, he was pretty timid. And he had good reason to be – he was adopted and returned twice in just one year! With all those changes, it could make any confident cat a bit unsure.
But over time, Harley has come out of his shell, and he now thinks he runs the house. He’s even turned into a face sleeper. A face sleeper, folks! I didn’t even know that was a thing until he arrived. My point is, please don’t discount a shy cat at the shelter.
Everyone knows that some cats don’t show their true personalities in the shelter environment. Perhaps you can open your heart and home to that shy cat. And then you’ll have the pleasure of watching him blossom in your home.
Two cats are better than one!
Some cats at shelters only come in twos. What do I mean by that? Some cats are bonded pairs, which means they need to be adopted together. They’re BFFs and will struggle without their friend or sibling. And many times, bonded pairs are harder to adopt out because people aren’t thinking of adopting two cats when they first go to the shelter.
As one of five cats in this house, I can personally attest to the fact that more cats = more happiness. I’m not big on cuddling, but look at Dexter and Sophie. Could they be any cuter?
Also, if you adopt two cats, they help to keep each other clean…whether the other one likes it or not.
As much as we love our humans, sometimes a fellow feline companion is what we want. So, why not ask the shelter staff if there are any bonded pairs available? And even if not a bonded pair, you could still take home two cats. As I said, two cats are better than one!
Adopting a cat means saving a life
Alright, so this isn’t necessarily a pro tip, but it’s worth mentioning.
Since I’m writing to save lives in honor of Remember Me Thursday – this is really the most important reason to adopt a shelter cat. When you adopt a cat, especially from an open admission shelter, you’re saving that cat’s life. And if you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you’re freeing up space for that shelter to pull another cat from an open admission shelter.
As a former shelter cat, I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I was adopted as a kitten and returned to the shelter a few years later. Luckily, Mama came to the shelter and took me home.
But every day, thousands of shelter cats and dogs aren’t so lucky – and they’re forced to cross to the rainbow bridge. So, why not adopt your pet instead of shopping for one? Cats just like these two are waiting right now for their forever humans to come and adopt them.
Lighting Up the World for Orphan Pets
So, those are my pro tips for adopting a shelter cat – and I’m stickin’ to ’em! In honor of Remember Me Thursday, this has been my way of shining a light on orphan pets waiting for their forever homes. I hope it will inspire someone to adopt their next pet from a shelter or rescue.
How are you participating in Remember Me Thursday? Come on, let’s light up social media together and get the whole world talking about pet adoption!
Remember Me Thursday Blog Hop
Fellow bloggers, you can link up your Remember Me Thursday post right here (or at Lola the Rescued Cat). Grab the blog hop badge for your post and then link up!