Cats Exclusive's Adoption Guide
1) Requirements to apply and adopt:
- Be at least 21 years of age to adopt and provide proof of identification (License or state ID).
- If you are 60 years of age or older and wish to adopt a kitten, you must have a co-applicant under 60 years old to fill out an additional application form with the understanding that if you should no longer be able to care for the kitten, they would adopt the kitten from you. This age qualification does not apply if you wish to adopt an adult cat.
- Cats are allowed at your current residence.
2) Consider the responsibilities when choosing to adopt between a kitten and an adult.
|Kittens are classified as under 9 months of age.
||Adults are classified as being over 9 months of age.
|Kittens are playful and VERY active; they do best in active/stimulating environments. They need at LEAST 2 hours of playtime each day. Kittens need get about 16-20 hours of sleep each day.
||Adults are not as active as kittens and they usually make great lap cats. Adult cats sleep about 16 hours a day.
|If you do not have the time to play with your kitten, your kitten will find things to play with, i.e. curtains, climbing on furniture, wires…
||Adults tend to be more independent and do better in a calm and mellow environment.
|Kittens need to be trained to scratch in appropriate places, i.e. a scratching post, in addition you must properly correct your kitten as soon as you see them scratching on any furniture. Consider if you have the time and patience to train your cat.
||Adults are more difficult for shelters and facilities to adopt because 99% of potential adopters over look adult cats.
|Properly correction can be accomplished by saying no in a firm tone, making a loud distracting noise, using a squirt bottle with water.
||Adults are great companions because most have already lived in a household and would appreciate a family more.
|If you do not correct your kitten’s behavior when they are small, the behavior will become worse as an adult.
||Adults are mellower and require less playtime and attention than kittens.
|Nail trimming must be done 1-2 times per month, if you acclimate your kitten to this activity while they are young, they will not be fearful of having their nails trimmed, and will be better behaved during nail trims when they get older.
||Adults have their personality established. You will know if they are good with other cats, children, dominant, nosey, social, or mellow.
Things you will need for your newly adopted cat and/or kitten:
1.) Litter Box & Litter: 1 for each cat per home. A litter box with a hood is recommended.
2.) Cat Carrier: Hard, plastic cage with a metal front door is recommended to be the most safe and durable.
3.) Food & Water Dishes: Ceramic or metal bowls are the best sanitary-wise.
4.) Bedding: Blanket or a Small Bed.
5.) Toys & Catnip
6.) Scratching Posts, Cat Trees, or Emery Boards
7.) Nail Trimmers & Cat Brush
8.) Identification: Microchip or safety break away collars made for CATS ONLY.
Cat-Proof Your Home
It is very important to spend time cat-proofing your home to keep your loved one safe and away from trips to the emergency room.
- Keep anything on this list away from your cats at all cost. The following list is including but not limited to other toxins to cats. Check with your veterinarian with any questionable toxins.
- Foods: Chocolate, caffeine, grapes/raisins, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, and onion/garlic.
- Plants: Poinsettias, Easter lilies, eucalyptus, and other house plants.
- Drugs/Supplements: Acetaminophen(Tylenol), Amphetamine, Antihistamines & Decongestants (Allergy Medications), Aspirin, Iron, Marijuana, Anti-inflammatory Drugs (Ibuprofen), Anti-depressants, and Zinc.
- Household Items: Antifreeze, bleach, citrus oils, detergents, kerosene/gasoline, moth balls, and pine oils.
- Keep wires and electrical cords away and hidden. Invest in wire covers that can be found in stores like Home Depot or Wal-Mart.
- Keep glass/ceramic and other delicate treasures away from reach.
- Dispose of strings and other trash where your cat may ingest it and block your cat’s organs.