Adopting a cat

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By adopting from Cats Protection, you can be sure your cat is healthy, happy and ready to be rehomed. If you're keen on buying a cat, make sure you do it from a reputable breeder or seller.


Adopting a cat can be both exciting and daunting. You'll want to ensure you do your research to make sure you're choosing the right cat for you, as well as preparing for your new companion's arrival.

When settling your cat into their new home, you'll need to make sure you are patient and provide them with a quiet place with everything they need. This includes everything from a food and water area, to a suitable scratching post. You'll find a comprehensive list in our guide below.

What does my cat need?

To help you get your home set up for your new pet, we've put together a checklist. Download it, take it shopping and stick it on your fridge - it's got everything you need for your new cat.

Choosing a cat

Choosing the right cat for you is important, with your new companion's character as unique as your own. A kitten is likely to require more energy and attention than an older cat, and long-haired cats need more grooming than short-haired felines. Talk to a Cat Care Assistant or volunteer on your visit to a Cats Protection centre to determine which cat might be a good fit to your household.

Indoor cats and outdoor cats

Ideally all cats would be allowed access to the outdoors to express their natural behaviour. However, cats are all individuals and while some might like to embrace the great outdoors, others will be more content curled up somewhere warm. If you've got an indoor cat, you'll need to make sure you keep them occupied with toys and activities to keep them mentally stimulated.

While outdoor cats can benefit from a varied environment and enough exercise to keep them healthy, there are still risks. They can pick up parasites such as fleas, ticks and worms, so regular checks and vaccinations are necessary to keep diseases at bay. You'll also need to make sure that your cat is microchipped to make sure they can be found if they go missing.

If you're not in the position to give a cat a loving home, you can still help! You could donate to us, sponsor a catplay our lottery or leave a gift in your will. Find out more about other ways you can get involved.


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