Infographic on being sensible before adopting a cat companion

The title is self-explanatory. The topic lends itself to an infographic as these are bullet point reminders. Some are obvious and some less so. Perhaps the most important part of cat adoption is before it takes place. The preparation. The budgeting, the research, the honesty is assessing whether one is genuinely in a position to take responsibility for a cat for their lifetime.

Although the assessment should not be too negative as there are many rescue cats out there needing homes ✔️. I mention ‘rescue cat’ but that’s another box to tick. I recommend adopting a rescue cat but you heart might be set on a purebred. That changes the budgetary requirements because of initial cost. The maintenance costs are similar but probably higher because most purebred cats have inherited illnesses, some severe and chronic in middle age. This prompts the question as to whether pet insurance might be a good idea but the insurers know the problems. Pet health insurance for purebred cats isn’t cheap.

Be sensible before adopting a cat

Be sensible before adopting a cat. And be honest and challenging. Infographic prepared by MikeB.

Below are some articles on cat adoption. Have a skim. There is more detail than I can include in an infographic.

Purebred cat versus moggie

In the UK 38% of cats adopted were purebred pedigree in 2022

Cats Protection ran a survey and reported on 6 April 2023 that "38% of cats acquired in 2022 (600,000 cats) ...
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Pictures of sad shelter cats tend to go viral and enhance chance of adoption

14 facts about the duration of stay at shelters by rescue cats

At Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the following statistics are provided by an online newspaper regarding the speed of adoption ...
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Selecting a shelter cat

If you adopted your cat from a shelter, how did they tell you that they were the right cat for you?

There is such a high degree of variability in the behaviour of shelter cats and their potential adopters that there ...
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Bruno - a shelter cat - was too affectionate for his first-time adopters

Can a cat be too affectionate?

Strangely, yes, is the answer to the question in the title. To a large extent the answer baffles me because ...
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Useful tag. Click to see the articles: Cat behavior

Note: sources for news articles are carefully selected but the news is often not independently verified.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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  1. Mike just saw a documentary called Wildcat. It’s about a young ex-soldier from the UK who goes to the jungle to die. But then has to help a ocelot kitten. The Daily Mail has the preview and it can be seen at Amazon Prime. It’s a story about Who saved Who. I don’t have prime so I’ll have to wait till it hits youtube.

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