So you’re ready to take the plunge and add a new feline addition to your family. Hooray! But before you do, here are a few things to consider.

Don’t Shop, Adopt!
You’ll save a life! According to the Humane Society of the United States, 2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized each year. Mostly because the shelters are overcrowded.

By adopting from a shelter, you’ll have many more choices than a pet store or online ad. Shelters have a better selection of breeds, ages, and temperaments. And, the kitties are typically tested for diseases, are up-to-date on vaccines, and have been spayed or neutered. Plus, shelters have a better history of each pet, unlike a pet store, so you’re more likely to know what you’re getting.

Know What You Want
Knowing what type of cat you want is extremely important. Do you want a high energy cat or one that wants to hang out in your lap? Are you willing to regularly groom a cat with long hair or do you want one that is low maintenance? Do you have other pets that the cat will need to get along with? These are a few things to think about, but they are important.

Get Everyone Involved
When adopting a new pet, make sure you get the entire family involved. After all, the new addition is going to impact everyone. Have everyone hold and play with several different kitties until you find the perfect match for the entire family.

What to Look For
When choosing a cat look for eyes that are clear and without discharge and that kitty isn’t coughing or sneezing. Also look for signs of diarrhea around the litter box and rear end.

Consider Two
If you have the space and can afford it, consider adopting two cats. Two cats can keep each other from getting lonely, especially if there’s no one home during the day. They play and stimulate each other and are often less needy for attention.

Consider an Older Cat
Older cats can make excellent pets. They’re low-key and less rambunctious than kittens. Although kittens are great, they are full of energy and may not be a good choice around young children or babies, as they tend to play rough by biting and scratching.

When You Get Home
Make sure kitty is stocked up on supplies, such as cat food, food dishes, toys, scratching posts, and a bed. Make a vet appointment for a thorough exam and for any missing vaccinations.

Keep kitty secluded in another room with her litter box, bed, toys, and food until she’s used to her new surroundings. And, be sure to introduce her to other pets slowly.

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