Question: Should I adopt a cat online?
I've moved out of state from my parents' home and had to leave my cat behind. I miss having a cat and would like to adopt a new one, but the closest shelter to me is over 40 miles away. I've seen a few web sites that feature adoptable cats. Would this be a wise way for me to adopt a cat?
I certainly understand your desire to find a new cat companion. Before taking the leap, you should ask yourself a few questions.
Once you are certain the time is right, you can start your search for the right cat for you.
While the Internet is a great way to do a search for adoptable cats, I wouldn't recommend adopting a cat online. Rather, search for a shelter near you on a site such as Petfinder.com, look at the available cats, then visit the shelter personally to acquaint yourself with those cats. There are a couple of good reasons for following this path:
- Shelter Policies
Very rarely will any shelter agree to a long-distance adoption. Most shelter officials want assurance that the cats they release for adoption are going to good homes. They will require forms to be filled out, a personal interview, and many shelters require a personal home visit to assure them that the living quarters qualify.
- Is the Chemistry There?
Before you make what should be a lifelong commitment to a cat, it is necessary to see first if the chemistry between you is there. You may even find that a cat that wasn't even on your list will reach out and grab you by the heart when you visit. Adopting a cat is should not be a spontaneous decision, but requires careful thought and consideration. I'd recommend two or three visits with your potential cat before making that decision.