Roughly 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters in the United States each year. If you're considering adopting a cat, take note of some of the most common reasons people return cats where they found them, so this won't happen to you and your potential new companion! When they're adopted, sometimes their new homes aren't forever homes- for example, an older cat may not be a good fit for a household with young kids or someone who doesn't have the patience to give it time to adjust before deciding whether or not it's right for them.
catCats are Usually Independent
Cats are different from one another, just like people. Many cats love attention and social interaction, while others can be more reserved or solitary. Considering this fact, it's no wonder why some cat owners return their pets to the shelter because they want a pet that is cuddly and affectionate- characteristics that might not work well with their current lifestyle.
Not Getting Along with Children or Other Pets
Many families want a cat that gets along well with their children and other pets. Still, it is difficult to know the personality of an adoptable cat in a shelter where there are so many different things happening. Some cats live happily with well-behaved children and other animals, but these elements spook others. Your sweet, loving kitty may need time to warm up to everyone, or she could be one of those types of cats who needs space alone. If your adopted kitty falls into this category, her timidity is not because she doesn't like you; rather, her reaction stems from the fact that she doesn't like lots of noisy activity around her.
Cats need to scratch, and it benefits their bodies and minds. Cats claw at things to file down their nails, mark territory (which is especially handy for cats who live in crowded areas), or stretch out their muscles-it's not unheard of for them to scratch furniture or walls when they're looking for a place that feels right. This can often lead some people back into the shelter with an adopted cat because it comes as too much disruption to home life, but what you might not know is this behavior isn't something that should be corrected aggressively. Make sure your new pet has enough scratching posts before returning her!
The Animal Isn't Healthy
New cat owners want to adopt a healthy cat. Sick or injured cats are tough to care for, and veterinary bills can be an expense many people aren't ready to afford. Understanding the financial responsibilities when adopting a feline is important before going out into the world of shelters. If you understand that vet bills may occur, this knowledge will help make your adoption process much easier than ever before!
Many cats are taken back to the shelter because their landlord has forbidden them in places like apartments or condos. If you're renting a place, be sure to check with your landlord that there aren't any issues with getting a cat before moving in so that you don't have to take your little buddy back into the shelter later on. This is also something worth considering if you already have a cat and are looking for another rental property - talk about pet policies ahead of time, and it'll help decide whether this new home will suit both yourself and your cat.