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NCSPCA 7/4/09

Have you ever visited an animal shelter and had difficulty choosing which cat or dog is the right one for you? Sometimes several pets will pull your heartstrings at once, and it's hard to make a decision. The Humane Society gives some tips on what to look for in your potential new family member when you plan to adopt a cat.

Some cats meow for special attention when you walk by their cage. Others may simply lie back and either stare you down or look away as if you weren't worth their interest. There are as many different personalities of cats as there are cats in the shelter. You have to decide which disposition is best for you. In any case, however, look for a cat who is playful, active, alert, and comfortable when being held and stroked. Speak to the shelter staff for assistance with specific cats, and additional information about their behavior and personality. Keep in mind that, because they are in an unfamiliar environment, some cats who are usually quite social may be resistant to your efforts at interaction while at the shelter.

Our featured pet today is a domestic shorthair-mix feline named Billy. He is a perfect example of a cat whose personality in the shelter may seem quite different from when he is in a home. Billy recently arrived at the shelter after his owner passed away. Adapting to shelter life has been a difficult adjust more him. He is still a bit anxious, but the staff is working with him daily to improve his confidence. Since he has been with us for a little while, Billy is doing very well and loves to be petted. He is gradually become an outgoing fellow. Billy enjoys a scratch or two behind the ear from his caretakers. He should be available to be adopted in the near future.

Remember when you come to visit our pets at the NCSPCA to always ask the shelter staff about the personality and behavior of a pet you are considering for adoption. You may be surprised to learn that that shy kitten or pup is likely to be affectionate and lively in your home!

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