Whether you are fostering a cat or bringing home a new cat to meet the resident cat, you are in for some transition.
We recommend reading this website. We also recommend the books and website of Pam Johnson.
Here is a quick guide to introducing a new cat.
what to expect when adopting a new cat
Of course, we're also here to help you with your questions about adopting and integrating our cats. Beyond our volunteer core, we have a listserve with about 200 members on it, many of whom LOVE to give their two cents on various cat issues. We would be very happy to try and answer your questions! Remember, though, we are not veterinarians, and can only give our advice as "cat people," not as veterinary professionals.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Who should consider an older or adult rescue cat?
Someone who thinks cat ownership is for him/her but isn't sure. An older cat provides a calmer, more sedate introduction to cats and for a shorter time. You're not looking at a 18-year commitment when you adopt an older cat. A person who doesn't want to deal with the energy level of a young and active cat. Someone who prefers the known over the unknown. An adult cat will have established personality traits, whereas the majority of kittens have similar personalities and predicting their future personality based on kitten behavior is difficult. Someone looking for companionship for another older cat! Often an adult cat would like the companionship of another adult cat, but wouldn't appreciate the antics of a kitten. A person who wants to really contribute to rescuing animals in need. Young kittens are easy to find homes for, but, there is a lot of satisfaction in providing a final home for a cat who's been displaced after the cuteness of kittenhood. And finally, anyone who has ever owned an older cat before. That person knows that though kittens are cute and young adults are fun, the companionship and gratitude provided by older cats is truly the best.