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Choosing Your Companion - Is a Kitten/Cat Right for You?

Many people have grown up with either a cat or dog (or both) as part of their family, and now entering adulthood, marriage, or other life change wish to continue that tradition in their new life. Some may have recently lost a cat or dog to natural or unnatural causes and wish to find another companion. Still others may have only read about having a pet and are seeking to learn what factors should be evaluated in making such a decision. In all circumstances, real life conditions must be evaluated over impulse or emotional actions to ensure a successful relationship.

In feline rescue/adoption groups, people come to us from many life situations, although the following six may be regarded as the most common:

  • The single student going off to college
  • The young couple with no children living in a rented apartment
  • The established family with young children
  • The single professional living alone
  • The "empty nesters" whose children occasionally come with their families to visit
  • The senior citizen who is searching for companionship

In the first hour of this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will examine the above six life situations and discuss the important issues in each to be considered when choosing a cat or kitten as a companion animal. During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.


PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.


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  • Nadine

    I wish more people would show up! This was a good lecture even though I was late.

    January 10, 2011

  • Roger

    The smaller group of participants permitted conversations to be very focused on individual situations.

    January 10, 2011

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