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Adopting Cats Is All About Personality

By Jayn Corral

I volunteer at the SPA and spend a lot of time with our 30–50 cats and kittens. They are more than just my friends; they are like my family. Just like my human family, they come in all shapes and sizes and with all kinds of personalities and talents or lack thereof. Some are stunning beauties while, for others, their beauty is in their personalities. Some, like my mom, are really smart. They know when to hide when strangers invade their space or when to charm someone into adopting them. Some like their privacy. Some have special friends (I think we have some who are lovers) and some just don’t seem to want to get along. Like I said, just like people.

Most adopters come in looking for a certain type of cat: male, female, long-haired, short-haired, white, tabby, Siamese, blue-eyed, or a specific age. Since I know the cats at the SPA as well as anyone, I try to discourage adopting based on a cat’s physical characteristics.

The best way to select your newest family member is by the cat’s personality. Think about why you are adopting and what you expect from your cat. Some people want a kitten and others want an adult.

Adult cats are usually set in their ways, so you know what you can expect from them. Adult cats (like Martin and Taiwan) will take more time to adjust to their new environment. If you have young children at home, you may want to consider an older cat or wait until your children are older before you adopt a kitten.

Kittens, on the other hand, just love to play (like Esme and Ciri), eat, and sleep. They are energetic and want a lot of attention. They can be more susceptible to injury and disease and require more vaccinations. Kittens’ personalities are still developing and may change as they grow up. I have seen many terribly shy kittens turn into loveable, friendly confident adults.

Spend some time with our cats and kittens before you make your decision. Meet them at the SPA, any day, Monday–Saturday, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124, during adoption hours (11–2). Often the cat or kitten will pick you. We look forward to congratulating you on adopting a new member of your family.


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