The cat adoption process consists of preparation, selection, approval and bringing the new cat home. It involves interaction between potential owners, cats and rescue staff to ensure good matches between adopters and their new pets.
Before adopting a cat, prospective owners should ask themselves questions about the personality and energy level they want in their pets. They should also consider how a cat will fit into the family structure and lifestyle of its new home. The staff at reputable rescues ask similar questions to help adopters find the cats that are right for them and their households. They also ask for completion of an adoption application so that they can check veterinary and landlord references.
While visiting a rescue, the adopter should take time to handle and play with cats under consideration. This allows the adopter to observe the cat's social behavior and to check for signs of health problems or poor care. Staff members at reputable rescues are forthcoming about any behavior problems and have veterinary records showing the care the animal has received at the rescue.
When an adopter finds a match, the rescue will ask him to fill out an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee before taking the animal home. The adoption contract at a good rescue includes a return clause requiring the new owner to bring the cat back to the rescue if the adoption doesn't work out.