Criteria that you use to adopt ONE cat from a shelter?

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
March 22, 2008 2:10pm CST
Let's say that you have no cats at home, but plan to adopt one from a shelter. So now, you're in the shelter and have found a number of cats that would seem to be good pets. However, you can't bring them all home, as much as you might like to. How do you make up your mind? That is, what criteria would you use to select just one cat to bring home? I've experienced this dilemma a few times already, and have found that a given cat who greets me, ie., steps to his or her cage bars to me is the cat that I will choose to bring home. That is how I adopted Waffles cat. She was perched up on a "shelf" in her cage, but stepped down from it to rub her face against the cage bars when I called her name. (The shelter assigned names to all of the cats, and they gave her the name, Waffles.)
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• United States
23 Mar 08
You know I think it is one of those instinct and heart things. The posters before me have offered really good suggestions. There is merit in a friendly outgoing cat who comes up to get affection and be friendly and there is merit in getting one that is so lonely and scared that they are afraid to come up to you. The shy cat may have just been placed in the cage or have been spayed or neutered, or have just been dropped off. You may want to have a second visit or have a private visit, most have a private room where you can spend some time with the cat and see how alert it is and maybe check on how loving it is. Some are so curious that you can't tell how loving it is. Also if the cat was named by the shelter it may not know it's name. Good luck if you are about to go on a new venture with a new cat or kitten. Cats that are about a year or two old have already developed their personalities and are harder to adopt so you might want to think about going that route. All kittens are cute. I said I would never get another kitten for a variety of reasons and the one above but two summers ago I got a four month old. She was not a terror but she is mouthy and bossy. She never went through any destructive period of time. That was a blessing to me. She is very opinionated. She had been found in a dumpster on a farm and two tiny kittens were sealed in a plastic bag. I hear that she tried very hard to take care of them. I am so proud of her. I guess all that yelling for help stuck with her.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
24 Mar 08
All good points, and thank you for responding. Yes, I agree, that shy cat sitting way back in the cage may be lonely and scared. That was probably the case with one lovely female cat named Kathleen that I was also considering adopting. To be honest, I probably would have adopted at least five cats that day. I was told that I was the only one that Waffles truly responded to. I think that they were anxious to find her a good home. I don't regret my choice about bringing Waffles or Columbus home. They are both sweeties and I love them very much. They like to be petted. Every night, they jump on the bed and sleep when I do.
• United States
23 Mar 08
Well we got our first cat from a shelter. I walked in there wanting an orange or gray cat. And I didnt get either because this cat kept flopping on my feet, not letting me walk a step further. I finally picked her up so I could walk around, and she melted in my arms.. how could I say no? Wonderful post. I will reply to any discussion that lets me talk about my oldest "baby".. we have 3 more after her but they were all rescue strays.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
24 Mar 08
That was really sweet! I enjoyed reading about your experience, and felt that I would have done the same thing. Great post!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Mar 08
I think the way you picked was a good way. I think what I would do is go there and tell the workers I want to adopt a cat. Then I would make them find the one that needs a home the most and that would be my new friend. I adopted a dog once from the shelter and used your method and he was a great little guy. I still miss him.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Quite a few years ago, I adopted an orange cat named Rodney at the same shelter. Rodney purred, let me pet him and went back promptly to sleep, lol! I lost him almost ten years ago. He passed from old age, but he was the sweetest, most affectionate kitty that I've ever had. The shelter's workers are also familiar with their cats' personalities. For example, they know which cat just needs to be the only cat, which cat gets along with other cats, etc.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Very cute name. I tend to rescue my animals before they get to the pound...Morgana was a kitten that belonged to a friend of my Niece. They moved and left a mama and 5 kittens under the house in the middle of winter. They caught and found homes for all but Morgana. They finally caught her but couldn't find her a home. My Niece asked me to take her in and here she is!! She's a great cat and we love having her. It's very hard to pick just one pet when you go to the shelters...I always end up crying that I want to bring them all home. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~