Tips For Adopting A Shelter Cat

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! This is one cause we are purrfectly happy to spread awareness on. Many of our cutest and most beloved feline patients were adopted from shelters. If you are considering bringing a new furball into your home, this is definitely a great way to go. Read on for some great tips from a local Chesapeake, VA vet on adopting a shelter kitty.

Choose Carefully

When you adopt a kitty, you could be signing on for well over a decade of pet parenting. That’s a pretty big choice! Take your time deciding. Don’t automatically pass by the older cats and the imperfect ones nobody wants. Sometimes they turn out to be the best pets, as they’re just so grateful to finally get that love and care they’ve been wanting.

Shop First

It’s best to hit the pet store before bringing Fluffy home. You’ll need all of the kitty basics, such as food, toys, treats, a litterbox and litter, catnip, and a travel carrier. We also strongly recommend getting your feline pal a few comfy beds, and a good scratching post. (Pet furniture will also not be unappreciated.)

Charm The Vet

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a time for Fluffy to come in and charm the socks off her new doctor. Most shelter cats have already been fixed, but your feline buddy will still need vaccines, parasite control, and a nose-to-tail exam. Microchipping should also be on the agenda. This is a perfect time to ask for care tips. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have!


If you have other pets, you’ll need to go slow and steady with introductions. First impressions are a very big deal to kitties! Keep your furry friends separated at first, and proceed in stages. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Give Fluffy Time

Cats are very charismatic, and they all have their own unique personalities. Some kitties will immediately hop into your lap or sprawl out in the middle of the floor, as though they’ve always owned the place. Others will hide a lot at first. Just let your furball settle in. Don’t force attention on her. Love takes time!

Please reach out with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your local Chesapeake, VA veterinary clinic, we’re here for you!

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