Choosing the right cat

So you are thinking about adopting a cat

AVA strives to ensure the best fit for our cats and for your family, so before you come to the adoption centre, here are a few questions to consider:

What kind of cat is right for me?

Are you looking for a kitten or a slightly older cat? Are you interested in a cat that has a ton of curious energy, or a quiet, calm companion? Much like us, cats are social creatures and many of them love company – are you willing to adopt a friend for your cat now or in the future if you feel she/he is lonely?

What kind of lifestyle do you have?

Make sure this the right time: are you about to go on a big trip or start a family? When you are away on business or vacation, do you have someone who can cat-sit for you? Cats need attention and exercise like other animals. Do you have the time to nurture a rescued cat and give it the attention and patience it needs?

Are my home and family ready?

Does everyone who lives with you agree to the adoption? What if someone develops an allergy? Are you willing to create a space that the cat(s) can own, like its own cat tree and bed? Are you ready to deal with occasional furniture scratches? Check out Cat 101 to learn more about scratching and other behaviour

Can you afford a pet?

Do you have the resources to ensure regular medical check-ups, or the extraordinary occasional costs of veterinary care if it develops an illness?

Okay, I’m ready…show me the cats!

Additional Considerations:

Household

Is your house quiet or loud? Busy or calm? Is someone home most of the day or would the cat be alone while you are at work. How many adults, older children, and younger children live in the house?

AVA is a rescue agency and our cats reflect that. Some of our cats are very friendly and adapt quickly and others will require time and patience. Some will require an experienced cat owner who is prepared to actively work towards socializing the cat.

Some cats are kings/queens of the castle and need to be the only cat or the only pet in the house and others need to be with another cat for their overall well-being. Our goal is to make sure each cat finds a home that best meets his or her needs.

Other Pets

Some cats prefer to be the king or queen of the castle and prefer to be alone with their humans. If you currently have a cat like that, they will likely not be happy if you introduce a new cat in the house. Likewise, a cat that isn’t keen on other cats would not do well on a home with a resident cat. It can be a stressful experience for everyone.

Some rescue cats, especially stray cats, are afraid of dogs so a home with a dog might not be a good fit for all cats.
Some dogs have high prey instincts and are rambunctious. This would not be a good home for a kitten or a shy cat.

Travel

Do you go away frequently even overnight? Is there someone who can cat sit when you need to be away?

Food

Cats should be fed a good quality, medium priced dry food and wet food every day. If your cat develops any health issues, they may require a weight loss, dental, or ingredient specific diet which is usually 1.5 to 2 times more expensive. An adult cat will eat about one 5 pound bag of cat food per month and should eat 3 oz of wet food each day.

Expect to pay $60-$90 a month for food and litter

Vet

All cats require a vet check-up and vaccines every year and may need urgent care should they become injured, lethargic, have diarrhea, or urinary issues.

Vaccinations are critical to your cat’s health and must be administered. The risks are very low and some of the diseases they protect against are very serious.

All cats should be spayed or neutered as soon as they are old enough and before sexual maturity. Conventional wisdom says six month, but a cat can be vaccinated as soon as they are 2 pounds. All AVA cats and kittens are fixed before they are adopted.

Failing to neuter you male can result in spraying, aggression, and a desire to roam.

Failing to spay your female cat will usually result in pregnancy because the cat will accidentally get out or otherwise encounter  an unaltered male. If a female cat gets pregnant and has not been vaccinated, it puts the kittens at greater health risk.

Annual vetting with vaccinations is around $150-200 per cat. Urgent or surgical care can be between $500-$2,000+