Adoption tip number 6: cats and other pets. We're going to want to know a lot about who's living in your home before we match you up with a new kitty. A lot of people think they want to bring a kitten home to their 10 year old cat to bring out the "nurturing side" of the senior. That's like telling your Nana you're having a baby and she's going to watch it for you. If you want successful integration, you need to match temperament and energy levels or you're asking for misery. Very active cats are going to be bored with very sedate ones and sedate ones are going to feel overwhelmed by their oasis being disrupted.
Once you do find the match, we're going to talk to you about confinement(see tip number 4). It's extra important to confine when you have pets at home--1 week for healthy cats, 2 for cats with colds. They'll get to know each other through scent(their strongest sense) before they physically meet. By the time they're introduced, they'll already be familiar and feel less threatened. We don't just throw cats together at the shelter. We give them time to adjust to their new surroundings. You should too. #northshoreanimalleague #GetYourRescueOn #adoptathon2016 #tips #introducingcats