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How to Adopt a Cat

People who own animals live longer, so adopt cats and have furry friends to keep you lively.


  • Step 1: Discuss expectations Discuss your expectations with your family or friends and determine what kind of cat you are looking for.
  • Step 2: Research shelters and groups Research shelters and rescue groups online. Read reviews and check out available kitties online to narrow your search.
  • Step 3: Visit shelters Visit the shelter or rescue group and interact with any cats that strike your interest.
  • Step 4: Discuss policies and vet care Talk with the staff about adoption procedures and policies and get information about previous veterinary care.
  • TIP: Most shelters and rescue groups will screen the person adopting an animal, so be prepared to give information about your home and daily life.
  • Step 5: Choose a cat Choose a cat that fits you and your lifestyle.
  • Step 6: Apply Complete the adoption paperwork and wait for the call to tell you that sweet kitty is all yours.
  • FACT: Cats’ eyes appear to glow at night because of a reflective layer called the tapetum lucidum that allows more light to enter the eye for increased night vision.

You Will Need

  • Family and friends
  • Internet access
  • Reviews
  • Shelter or rescue group
  • Loving home
  • Information about your home and daily life (optional)

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