Before Adopting

Before Adopting


Choosing a Cat Companion?

If your ready to care for a cat (or two) here are some things to consider before choosing your new feline friend:

  • AGE. The playful antics of kittens are hard to resist, but adult cats are better suited to the often clumsy and rough handling of toddlers. Kittens also need to be house-trained, but they adapt quickly to new surroundings. Decide whether you want the more mature demeaner (with regular silliness thrown in) of an adult or constant silliness with regular napping from a kitten. If you work, consider adults, as they need less supervision.
  • NUMBER. More than one cat or kitten adds to the fun and gives you a reprieve from being playmate. Multiple felines are also great if you’re out of the house a lot.
  • PERSONALITY. Look for a feline who’s easy-going and responds to you. Kittens should be active, outgoing, and willing to be handled. Adult cats should be fairly relaxed when handled.

Regardless of the age or the sex (both male & female cats are equally affectionate) of the cat you choose, keep your cat indoors, and you’ll likely have a loving companion for the next 12 to 18 years.


Choosing a Dog Companion?

If your ready to care for a dog (or two) here are some things to consider before choosing your new canine friend:

  • A dog requires a lot of attention and care. Letting your dog out in the yard does not provide it with enough exercise, stimulation or fun.
  • Dogs are sincere, loyal and loving companions. Dog owners can enjoy active, outdoor recreation with their pets as well as quiet, relaxing times.
  • You may not have room for a large dog if your home is small.
  • Certain dogs are noisier than others, and barking dogs will annoy close neighbors.
  • If you have the commitment, time, money and space to accommodate a dog, you must now consider what type of dog to choose. Besides being different in appearance and size, each breed of dog has different personality traits and care requirements.
  • A dog can be an excellent companion, if you are willing to make the proper commitments. Your relationship with a dog should be mutually beneficial, enjoying each other’s company at play and at rest. Scientists have found that dog’s are good for your health. People who enjoy the companionship of a pet, may be better equipped to withstand some of the stresses of life.

Others

  • The Medicine Hat SPCA has a lot of other animals for adoption besides cats and dogs. For instance, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Ferrets, Hamsters, Degus, Budgies, Canaries, Lovebirds, Cockatiels etc.