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How to adopt a feline
It is easy to get kitty fever – whether you are spending time with a friend's cat or feel like you would like some company at home, the urge to adopt a cat can be strong. Luckily for cat lovers, there are hundreds of adoptable cats waiting to warm your heart.
The best way to find an adoptable cat near you is to hop online and search PetFinder.com. This national organization is the virtual home of 324,214 adoptable pets, and makes it easy to find one near you. By typing in your zip code and the type of pet you are looking to adopt, the site will list the animals and shelters near you. Each cat will have a description and the shelters will have contact information. Usually you will need to apply to adopt a new pet, so make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the entire process.
You should also consider what type of cat you want. A long-haired cat will require regular grooming with pet supplies like the Resco Pro-Series Combo brush, while short-hair cats only require occasional brushing.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that is important to make sure that everyone in the house is prepared for the new arrival. Roommates or family members may consider splitting up chores such as feeding and cleaning the litter box before the feline comes home. Prospective cat owners should also stock up on kitty supplies before heading to the shelter. You should have a litter box and the brand of litter the cat has been using at the shelter. Arm & Hammer Super Scoop Scented Clump Cat Litter is a good option if you are not sure which type the shelter used or if you decide to switch later on. Getting a litter box like the Breeze Litter Box System may also make cleaning up after your new cat easier.
The ASPCA reports that you should also stock up on pet food that the cat is used to eating, as well as dishes for food and water. Having a scratching post may teach the cat where to scratch from the get-go (so it doesn't end up being your armchair). Toys are also good to have to begin the bonding process with your feline. Toys that make noise are good because you know when the cat is playing (and that it is safe). The Burlap Heart Catnip Toy or Molly, TV Star are also good options because they contain catnip to keep your kitty engaged.