Cat adoption advice
We lost our sweet 14 year old in April and feel ready to adopt a new kitty. Prior cats found us, so I'm looking for your experiences and advice on adopting.
Is it better to adopt a cat from a foster home or from a shelter? Common sense tells me foster where they have been socialized and know the cat better. But my DH has an emotional need of rescuing a cat from a cage, and it does tear at your heartstrings when you see them at the shelter. But this will probably be our last cat, and I want to be sure we get the right one for us.
Ideally we'd like a young adult. Last week we went to a cat-only no-kill shelter that has 200 cats and kittens at the shelter and in foster homes. It was a little overwhelming. Most of the cats were strays who had been turned over from local shelters because they are adoptable. We plan to go back this week.
I'm interested in four cats based on their photos and descriptions on their website, but there are others who don't have photos posted, so the pool could be even bigger. One pretty girl is having a very hard time adjusting to the shelter and needs a quiet home, like ours. At first I thought she might be too shy and scared of everything, but now I'm wondering if we should rescue her based on need. Though we really don't want a wallflower.
What can you tell about a cat just from a short visit at a shelter? The staff tries to make a personality match, but with so much choice, how do we go about finding "The One"?