browneyedgirl36 Posted May 16, 2010 Share Posted May 16, 2010 Hi Everyone -- I am planning to adopt a cat (preferably a kitten, but I would be willing to adopt an adult if I find one that chooses me ) and I was wondering about your experiences with this. I was planning to go to my local SPCA, where I got my previous cat. I had no problems adopting her back in 1994, but I have heard horror stories about how strict shelters have become with prospective pet owners (It's been 15 years since I last adopted), and I wanted to see if anyone had some experiences, insights, tips to share. My main concern is that they won't let me adopt because I don't live in a house, and I live in a fairly large city on a busy street. I don't believe in having *outdoor* cats,though, and when I adopted my last cat they asked me if I planned to keep her inside, and I responded "yes," which was apparently the answer they wanted to hear. My apartment is fairly large, with lots of places to climb and sleep, plenty of room for separate rooms for litter box, bed, and food. Otherwise, I THINK I am a good candidate: I make a decent salary; though I am not rich, I was able to pay for very expensive medical treatments for my last cat. There are no kids or other people living with me, and no other pets. At this time, I don't plan to adopt any other pets. I have owned cats my whole life (had my first cat at 5) and all of my cats have lived long healthy lives -- 18, 15, and nearly 19 years, and I am very familiar with the dietary needs of cats, their activity/play needs, the level of attention they need, etc. I do go on vacation a couple times a year, but I have neighbors and friends who would gladly take care of a cat while I'm gone, and I am a homebody-type who would spend a lot of time with the cat. I guess my most important characteristic is that I LOVE cats -- absolutely adore them -- and I have tons of love to give. After my beautiful kitty finally succumbed to cancer last year, I was heartbroken but knew I had to give myself time to grieve before getting another pet. I am ready and would love to give that love to a new furry friend. So...anyone who has adopted a kitty recently, what have been your experiences? I am thinking specifically of the SPCA, but I would consider a rescue also. I know that rescues and shelters vary in terms of requirements, but I was hoping for some tips and different peoples' experiences to give me some idea as to what to expect, what kinds of things they look for, etc. Thanks! EDITED TO ADD: I would just call my local shelter and ask questions, but I'm out of the country right now and can't call them and was hoping to get some ideas before I contact them anyway. Link to comment
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