Adopting a cat from the pound

  1. So, as a person who has never owned a cat before, is there anything I should know. Like do you have to bath said kitty cat, can you walk them on a leash (not that I would), solid food or soft food. As you can see I haven't asked my vet yet any of these questions yet. I can't get a dog because my lease doesn't allow dogs. So I think I'll try owing a cat. One of my friends was going to give me hers, but she said it's the devil incarnate. So....after a few seconds I said NO.
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  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
  4. by   MIKEY LIKES
    Somehow I knew that Heather would be the first one to post.
  5. by   Hidi74
    Well...I wouldn't try to bathe a kitty, very difficult to do.They are really clean animals , so it's not really needed. I actually do walk mine on a leash, but I started him when he was a baby....It takes alot of patience. As far as the wet food, I only give it once a week or so, vet said if all they eat is wet food thier gums tend to go bad. I feed my boy formula one. Less poop, less smell. Good Luck!!!
  6. by   researchrabbit
    I love cats. I have one, got it at the shelter.

    My daughter has allergies to cats, so we bathe ours...but you don't have to. If you do choose to bathe your cat, they are much calmer if you fill the sink first and then turn off the water before you get the cat (the running water is scary. The water itself isn't).

    Pick the cat that picks you (the one that comes up and sniffs your hand, twines around your legs or just pays attention to you).

    My cat only eats crunchy food.
  7. by   2banurse
    Too true Mikey, too true...I'd be careful of any suggestions that she makes. I was pretty much in that same situation and adopted one cat, now I have 3...great company for each other.

    I usually just feed my cats dry food with occasional treats of the Whiskers wet (In the little disposable bags). Cats aren't like dogs where they will eat everything in one sitting. I usually just keep an eye on the dish and fill it when it gets low. I've found when you let the bowl go completely empty, sometimes they may gorge themselves and get sick (my older one does this). Cats are pretty self sufficient and unlike dogs, they can be left alone for a full day. Being a worrywart, I do try to have someone come if I am gone for a couple of days...mainly because they are such people cats.

    Enjoy!
    Kris
  8. by   MIKEY LIKES
    I found two at the pound that I have liked, but I have heard that most cats don't get along well. True? Anyway thanks for all the suggestions and I'll kept ya posted. Oh BTW the pound said it would take 1 to 3 weeks before I could pick him up? They said he's had his shots and whatnot, so what gives? I didn't ask them when I was there, I forgot.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i would be careful about adopting two adult or nearly-adult cats. they ARE very territorial and can be MEAN. get one kitty to be your companion for now. it will be more than enough to handle, trust me. i have had many kitties over the years.
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    Whenever we need a new cat we either look in the store bulletin board or the newspaper. There are no cat shortages.
    Be careful letting your cat in the house or he will want to go in all the time.
    I agree with keeping the cat food bowl full and let them eat whenever they want. We keep their food away from the house so he is not hanging around us too much.
    Kittens are a pain if you only get one...they cry all night. If you are getting kittens better to get a pair, quieter that way.
    By all means don't get a female cat or you will have kittens all over the place, climbing up the screens and pooping on your porch. A male will leave to go "get some" but will come back in a few days...no kittens.
    -Russell
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by MIKEY LIKES
    Oh BTW the pound said it would take 1 to 3 weeks before I could pick him up?
    I'd be interested in knowing the reason behind this also. Our pound here only keeps animals for 2 weeks, so it seems like a waste to keep one for that long when somebody really wants it.

    Heather
  12. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by MIKEY LIKES
    I found two at the pound that I have liked, but I have heard that most cats don't get along well. True? Anyway thanks for all the suggestions and I'll kept ya posted. Oh BTW the pound said it would take 1 to 3 weeks before I could pick him up? They said he's had his shots and whatnot, so what gives? I didn't ask them when I was there, I forgot.
    Do the cats already know each other or are they young? If so, they should do alright together.

    If they are really young maybe they aren't old enough to leave there mother cat if she's there? Otherwise I don't know why you couldn't take them sooner--that's weird?

    Good luck with the, uh, kitties
  13. by   cactus wren
    My 2 cats have me very well trained One I got from my son as a kitten, the other is an old man i got from the shelter( had another kitten, but she vanished, and the only was lonely) It took a few weeks for the hissing to stop, but now they are friends.

    they share 1 small 'can' every AM, and survive on dry the rest of the time.....and will only eat Fancy Feast...none of the cheaper ones...oh well, we all have our likes....

    these 2 have not done much traveling, but the cat i had for 17 years before them did. I was a traveler for several years, and he traveled all over the US with me, had a leash, enjoyed the view from the rear deck....got lots of stares, but Sneeze seemed to enjoy it.....My "old man" cat is 12, his elderly owner moved to somewheres back east after a stroke, and of course "everyoneknows you can`t move cats" Glad "everyone" never met my travelin man.......

    Have never bathed any of my cats, but did have one many years ago who took showers with me, and remember from my chilhood a cat who would dive in tide pools ,and catch his own fish, so you do find ones that like water, but the excetion, not the rule

    I acn leave mine for a few days with no problems, have water and dry food dispensers( Walmart) and make sure the boxes are pristine before I leave...They just tell me off when I get home....

    Still miss a dog, but they are not suited to my current life...Someday, I`ll have a fenced yard, and will get another pooch, but for noe my cats give me companionship, and lots of purrs....
  14. by   renerian
    Good thought on getting a shelter cat. I have had cats for a long time. If you take care of them with vet care and keep an inside cat they can live 15 years or more. I had one put down after he lost control of his bowels and urine and he was 21. Mine are inside cats. One male, one female and they never go out. I feed them twice a day. Hard food keeps their teeth cleaner. I have a litter box for each and scoop it every day. I cut their nails once a month as they are not declawed but are fixed. Sometimes even if you get a fixed male they may spray which is never a good thing. I took my male as he was born on my front porch a homeless stray. I took him in after he hung around for a year and I moved away and could not bear leaving him. He hunts field mice that get in our home from the woods next door. I never bath them as they would hate that LOL.

    Does any of this help? My second is a shelter cat and so is my big 98 pound dog.

    I love them dearly,

    renerian

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