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Finding A Pet: Where to Get a Cat

Updated on January 27, 2015
Playful kittens we adopted. They are sister's although they look nothing alike.
Playful kittens we adopted. They are sister's although they look nothing alike. | Source

Adopting a pet can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating to find the perfect cat for you and your family. Before you start looking it's always a good idea to list the places where you can get a cat, along with what types of cats you can purchase from each of these places.

There are several places you can go to buy a cat that will be perfect for you. The age and type of cat you are looking for will influence your choice on where you go to buy your cat. Below is a list of the top four places I would recommend getting your new furry addition.

Cats at the shelter
Cats at the shelter | Source

Humane Society

Local humane societies are usually the first place people go to look for their new cat. Local humane societies provide you with a cat that is up to date on all shots, is either spayed or neutered, and usually housebroken. Most cats in the shelter are at least a year old if not 2 to 4 years old. If you are looking for a kitten the shelter may not be the best place for you to look.

The down side to a cat from the humane society is that some may come with behavioral or emotional issues. Many cats are put into shelters because their previous owners could not take care of them for one reason or another. However, it's important to note that not all cats will have problems, sometimes people move or can no longer afford their cat and are forced to give them up.

Adopting from a humane society is my number one choice, mainly because these cats have a limited time in the shelter and most cats with issues only need to be showed what it is like to have someone truly love them. If you have a big heart, and are ready for the potential problem behavior these cats are perfect for you.


Pet Stores

Places like Petsmart and Petco have places where they keep kittens and cats for adoption. These cats come from local shelters or foster families and are looking for forever homes. Sometimes these stores will have discounted prices for cats and kittens as they are trying to sell them quickly.

Some humane societies use these stores and will come in for a day or a weekend with different cats and will provide you with information and background details about each cat. You can ask your local pet store if they partake in these types of events and you can end up finding a wider range of cats up for adoption.

Different websites will provide you with the ability to adopt cats. would be the one I suggest you use if looking to buy your cat online. categorizes their animals by breed, age, color, and sex. If you are looking for a very specific kind of cat will easily be able to show you what cats are available in your area.

Most cats on come from shelters and local humane societies. They are posted on-line for possible faster adoption. You will also find foster parents advertising their cats that need forever homes. Cats on will be spayed/neutered, up to date on all shots and vaccines, and usually housebroken.

*Note: Whenever using online sources for adoption it's always best to pay in cash or in person after you have received your cat. Sending wire transfers allows for fraud and you may never see your cat.

The cat we "adopted" from my sister's friend. They were going to take her to a shelter and we offered to keep her:)
The cat we "adopted" from my sister's friend. They were going to take her to a shelter and we offered to keep her:) | Source


If you are looking for a free cat, family and friends are the only place you are going to find a free cat. Even with a shelter cat there will be adoption fees. When you know family or friends who are trying to get rid of a cat or kitten whether their cat had a litter or they cannot afford to keep their beloved pet, consider adopting one of these cats first.

If you don't adopt their cat and no one else does, the people have no choice but to put it in the shelter or let it run free. Neither option is ideal so if you know somebody who is trying to get rid of a cat, think about adopting theirs first.

I grew up with cats my whole life. All of our cats have come from people we knew, so they didn't cost us anything. However, we were doing the cats a favor, because they were runts of the litter and no one wanted them. If they hadn't found a home soon they were going to be put in a shelter, where they could hopefully get adopted.

Remember that even when adopting a cat it's not free. There are fees that you will pay because your cat is fixed and up to date on all shots. Knowing where to look and what types of cats you can find where will greatly increase your likelihood of adopting the perfect cat for you.


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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I totally agree! I prefer older cats as they tend to not have some of the problems of kittens like scratching up furniture. The last cat we adopted, the orange tabby is 3. Not quite a kitten, but still a little older that no one wanted her.

      I never thought about that. That's a great point cat on a soapbox! I would hate to see my pets returned to the shelter if anything unexpected happened to me or my family. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for the great information here! I am a total believer in adopting cats from shelters. I couldn't live w/o my cat and always remember the sweet ones that preceeded her. All have been strays or shelter adoptees. I especially encourage older people to take in older cats whose former owners died and left them homeless. My heart breaks when I think of these loving cats relegated to the back while the cute kittens take the forefront! Also, pet owners need to plan in their wills for the care of dogs and cats in the event of the unexpected.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for the comments and stopping by K9keystrokes. Yes, I have acquired quite the abundance of furry friends:) All adopted, and each with their own unique personalities, yet they all get along great:)

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      What a cute furry family you have acquired! Great ideas for getting a cat. We got our polydactyl (extra toes) cat, Shanks, from a local shelter called "Whiskers, Tails, and Ferals" who had set up at PetCo for the day. I can vouch for your recommendation on this account, as the experience was flawless. Shanks is the purrrfect addition to our K9 prone family. She adores the dogs, and has no idea she is a cat! I just love her! You have done good things here!