Introducing a furry friend into your family is a great way to increase the warmth and affection of your household. However, when most people are looking to take on a cat, they tend to scout for one among friends or through breeders rather than resorting to cat adoption.
The reason why cat adoption is not a typical choice for some people is that they tend to assume this would not be the best course of action for their household, typically reasoning that these pets are sullied. The reality is that pets in animal shelters are just as worthy of being in a good home, if not even more due to the circumstances that they became abandoned in the first place.
If you are considering a furry friend, read on to eliminate a couple of misconceptions you have about cat adoption and hopefully see why these animals deserve a loving home too.
Myth 1: Abandoned cats are bad cats
The most prominent assumption that people make about abandoned animals that are taken in by a shelter is that they are bad. But the truth is that there is nothing inherently wrong with these creatures. Although some pets may have behavioural issues, these problems will primarily stem from mistreatment they have endured in their past. Moreover, the behavioural problems can be addressed at the shelter, and potential pet parents are always informed about the temperament of the pet they are looking to adopt.
Secondly, a large number of pets that end up in the shelter usually land there because they got lost or perhaps their previous owner no longer had the means to support an animal either due to finances, moving away, new landlord restrictions and so on. Therefore, it is always best to inquire about the cats in the shelter rather than assuming they are all unlovable.
Myth 2: Purebred cats are unavailable at shelters
The second widespread myth people have about pet adoption is that they will not be able to get a purebred cat or the specific type of breed of animal they want. Pet shelters do have a large number of mixed breeding animals, as their focus is not on breeding thoroughbreds. Nonetheless, this does not mean that there are absolutely no purebred cats available at the shelter. They may be a rare occurrence, but you can come by them on occasion.
If you are interested in a thoroughbred, you could let the cat shelter know about your preferences, and in the event they do end up taking one on you would be the first to know. However, do keep in mind that mixed breed cats are no less valuable as their purebred counterparts are.