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About a year ago I was contemplating getting a cat of my own. I have always had animals growing up, but my father and sister had allergies so cats were out of the question (no matter how many valid arguments I made that they could just stay on allergy medication for the next 18 years). Even though cats were off the table, I grew up surrounded by animals – dogs, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, birds – so when I got older and bought a home of my own, it was only natural to fill it with all sorts of animals as well. When I was thinking about adopting a cat I already had a guinea pig and four rats.
This brings me to the first consideration I had when contemplating adopting a cat. I would need a cat whose temperament/prey drive would mesh in my household. The cat would never have direct access to my other animals but I didn’t want a cat that would sit there staring at my animals licking his or her lips a la Sylvester and Tweety. I presumed this might make my rats and guinea pig feel that if they made the wrong move they would end up being served on a dinner plate.
Another concern I had came in regards to age. I did not want a kitten because although they are cute, I know how much energy they expend and that really would not fit with my favourite pastime of reading a good book and (hopefully) cuddling with my cat. This was very much proven to me when I leant a book to my cousin and it came back with tiny kitten teeth puncture marks all over the place provided with love by her two rambunctious kittens.
So I wanted a cat whom fit not only with my other pets but with my lifestyle. Knowing this I knew I was not going to go to a breeder or go on kijiji to find my next family member. Instead I started to look for reputable cat rescues in my area. Most of the cats at the rescue I ended up picking were in foster homes so their behaviour/temperament in a home environment were well known and the goal of the rescue was to find the perfect fit for both you and the cat. Not only that, but the rescue allowed me to ‘foster to adopt’ wherein I was able to keep my cat until I knew he was a good fit and could then adopt him which is a great idea not just for me but especially if there are other cats in the home.
I found Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue through an internet search and sent an email out to them asking if they had a foster to adopt program and if they had any cats they thought would be a good fit. I quickly received a response from Michelle, a volunteer from the rescue, letting me know that they did have a program and she would be happy to help me find a cat that would fit my criteria. And boy did she ever deliver. She sent me a link to a cat that they had received from a hoarding situation aptly named Moo (aptly named because he will eat almost anything do you know of a cat that would eat raw broccoli with no seasoning or butter? I do).
Moo has more than exceeded my expectations and dreams of what having the perfect cat would be. Moo is the most relaxed cat in the world within the first hour of me having him home he rolled over onto his back and implored me to pat him. Most of you with cats know that this is normally a trick but Moo just really loves belly rubs. He loves to just be with me and doing whatever it is I am doing especially if that includes just lounging around reading a book.
The most amazing thing to me about Moo is that he gets along great with my other animals in that he absolutely could not care less about them. Unless, of course, the guinea pig is on my lap in which case he will attempt to squeeze his rather large body beside her making sure not to crush his sister in the attempt. Moo will not even flinch at the sight of a rat running in his cage which is especially impressive when you consider that he has caught two mice since living here.
I can’t even fathom a world where an amazing cat like Moo would ever be in need of a home but unfortunately that is the world that we live in. Forgotten One’s took Moo in with four others from the same situation and had all of them neutered, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and vetted all of which I will be forever grateful for and all of which costs the volunteer run rescue time, money and emotional stress. I can never thank them enough for what they did for Moo and what they continue to do for others like him.
A rather large, loving, and relaxed cat may not be for everyone but fortunately or not I bet if you contact your local shelter or rescue they would have a cat that is perfect for you and your situation. Adopt don’t shop is a great catchphrase and rings true in most cases but I hope that I have given you concrete reasons why adoption, for me and hopefully for you too, is the way to go