15 Amazing Facts About Cat Adoption That You Didn't Know

By Ashley Tyler

1 In the United States, approximately 3.2 millions cats enter shelters each year.

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2. Of those 3.2 million, 860,000 are euthanized.

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3. When adopting a cat, be patient with them since your house is likely their third home in a short period of time.

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4. Adult cats will usually accept a new kitten easier than they will accept a new adult cat.

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5. 1.6 million cats are adopted every year.

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6. A newly adopted cat may not eat much at first due to the stress of the change.

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7. According to the ASPCA, less than 5 percent of cats who enter shelters are returned to their original owners.

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8. Cats are territorial, so it's best to give your new buddy a small area to call his own (like the bathroom or laundry room) for the first few weeks.

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9. Of the top 10 reasons cats are surrendered to shelters, 9 of them have nothing to do with the cats behavior.

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10. Getting a new roommate is tough. Count on it taking 2-4 weeks to integrating a shelter kitten and your adult cat, and 4-6 weeks (or longer) if you're introducing two adult cats to each other.

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11. Of the 3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year, 2.4 million (80 percent) of them are healthy and could have been adopted into new homes.

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12. Your new feline friend may hide for the first few days. Be prepared to wait for him to feel comfortable enough to approach the family and not vice versa.

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13. If you already have an adult cat at home and want to adopt another adult, success is going to mainly depend on your original cat's personality. If he's a laid back cat, you'll have a better shot at getting them to tolerate each other.

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14. Any kitty you adopt is likely to be stressed in the beginning. Since you won't know what's normal behavior for your new cat, watch for signs that include decreased appetite, decreased grooming, hiding, and a lack of interest in affection

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15. Cats can live up to 20 years, so make sure you're ready when you bring home your new BFF since adopting a cat is a serious long-term commitment.

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