Adopting an adult cat requires a little different preparation than adopting a kitten. Unlike a kitten who will only have known Its mother, an adult cat has already had a life before arriving at your home; It is, therefore, important to take this into account so that Its arrival and your future life together go perfectly.
Why adopt an adult cat?
And why not? Adopting an adult cat has advantages and disadvantages like adopting a kitten. Most adopters prefer a kitten or a young cat, they generally find this cuter than an adult cat. But adopting an adult cat is often more relaxing. Young cats can be very active, and an adult cat has already acquired a rhythm of life, where it goes on naps, meals, play phases …
The downside to adopting an adult cat is that it has already had a life before you, and it is very rare to know what happened to it before you: mistreated, lost…. You have to teach It to trust you gently.
Where to adopt it and how to choose it?
Adoption of adult cats is usually done in shelters. It also happens that breeders separate from breeders in order to offer them a (well-deserved) retirement in peace. For shelter cats, trust yourself and the staff who work there. These people know each cat, by discussing together, they will know how to direct you to the best candidate. You will have to take into account your character, your way of life (children, house, apartment, etc.), but also your desire.
Prepare for Its arrival
Even before Its arrival, you will have to prepare the house. It will be necessary to plan:
- A sleeping area: basket, even if the cat generally prefers a bed or the sofa
- A feeding area: have 2 bowls, one for food, the other for water
- Disposal area: with litter (with or without cover), away from the feeding area
- A play area: the middle of the living room will do the trick, plan a few games: balls, mouse, scratching post, cat tree, etc.
When It does arrive, let It decide what to do. Open the cage or carry bag and let things go smoothly. It will want to take Its marks and will slowly explore every corner. Before thinking about eating or sleeping, the cat will look for the areas where it can hide, you never know! If It hides, leave It alone, It will eventually go out to eat or go to the litter box. Gentleness and patience will be your best friends.
To facilitate its arrival, it is possible to use soothing pheromones or essential oil blends that you can get from your veterinarian. These substances will facilitate Its adaptation and acclimatization to Its new home.
If you live in a house, don’t let your cat go out into the garden right away, you have to give It the opportunity to get used to the inside first. When It realizes that It is safe at home, It will not be afraid to come back and exploration of the outside will then be possible.