If you have made the decision to bring a cat into your home, you have made a wonderful choice. Contrary to what some non-cat lovers say about them, cats are loving, affectionate, smart, and often incredibly funny. Your next task is to decide on the type of cat that you want, but before you go researching breeds and shopping for kittens, you should at least consider adopting an adult cat from a rescue shelter. There are countless reasons to take an adult cat from a shelter and give them a loving forever home, but here are 6 of the best.

1. Adopting is cheaper

Buying a kitten (or even a purebred adult cat) can cost hundreds of dollars, and that’s not including the cost of vaccines, spaying/neutering, and getting them microchipped. For significantly less money you should be able to adopt a cat from a shelter which has already been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Sometimes they also come with their own collar, food supplies, and some initial insurance.

2. You can choose a cat with the right personality/looks

When you bring a kitten home, it may look cute and fluffy, but you do not know the personality they will have when they reach adulthood. Some are very playful, while others are calmer; some like people, others prefer their own company. Cats in shelters have usually been there for a period of time and their caretakers can tell you all about the kind of cat they are so you can choose the right one for your lifestyle. There are cats of every breed, color, age, and size in rescue shelters, so you will not be short on choice.

3. Living with a cat can help your mental and physical health 

Studies have found that spending time with a cat has plenty of health benefits. Cats can have a positive impact on your ability to deal with stress and can even alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation. Owning a cat has also been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

4. Having a cat in the home can be great for young children

Young children can benefit from living with a cat as studies have found exposure to cats in early life can help children to build up an immunity to the allergens found on cat fur. This reduces the likelihood that they will develop allergies. Caring for a cat can also teach children responsibility, compassion, and self-control. Find out more about caring for a cat in First Time Cat Owner Tips for a Happy Healthy Cat.

5. Cats can live in any size of home

Unlike dogs, cats do not require a lot of space and so are ideal for people living in apartments and condos if you ensure they have toys and places to climb and hide. They do not need to be walked, although some people do take indoor cats out on leashes to give them some variety. If you want your cat to live indoors all the time, be sure to choose a cat who is used to this way of life.

6. You’ll be opening up space for a new cat to be rescued

Millions of cats arrive in shelters every year and, sadly, many will stay there for a long time or end up being euthanized. By adopting a cat, you will not only be saving a life, but will be creating a space for another homeless cat who needs shelter.

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