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Feature October 2019 Issue

You Want Another Shelter Cat?

You need to interact with a cat outside the cage — perhaps on more than one occasion — before making a decision.

You Want Another Shelter Cat?

How to discipline yourself against choosing strictly on impulse.

“The primary reason cats are given up to animal shelters is unfulfilled expectations,” reports the American Veterinary Medical Association. You may have wanted a lap cat and instead brought home one that prefers to prowl, or hide. Or you may have fancied a retiring cat who pretty much just likes to lounge, but got a boisterous one instead. That’s why you really want to make an informed decision when deciding on a new feline. Choosing completely on impulse rather than on some knowledge of the cat’s temperament won’t serve you, and it definitely won’t serve your pet.

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