Why Some Adopted Cats End Up Back at Shelters

1.   The name, phone number, and references of a veterinarian are standard information needed on applications to private shelters. 

2.    Cats up for adoption are often highlighted on the shelter's website. Call ahead if you're planning to visit the home of a special someone to make sure they're still there.

3.    Schedule a visit to the shelter so you may meet the cat.

4.   Please bring your driver's license or another kind of identification that verifies your current address. The adoption cost can be paid in cash or by personal cheque.

5.   You can transport your cat home in a simple cardboard carrier provided by the shelter, but it's best to have your own carrier

6.  Which costs about $25, just in case. When traveling, cats should always be transported in a secure carrier.

7.   You might not be able to bring the cat home straight away because some shelters have a twenty-four hour waiting period.

8.  You can take this time to mull things over, and the shelter can do checks to make sure you really are the kind, responsible person you claim to be.

9.    An adoption agreement outlining the terms on which you can retain the cat may be required. The cat must be vaccinated regularly and spayed or neutered, for instance. 

10.   Cats who need to be rehomed may be asked to return to the shelter where they were originally adopted.

11.   Don't leave your pet outside any longer. You should keep your new cat in one room with its litter box, food bowl, and water bowl for the first day or two as it adjusts to its new home. 

12.   Give them a lot of playthings and a safe place to hide, such a cardboard box or a cube bed with soft sides.

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