A few weeks ago, I adopted a cat for the first time on my my own. I was excited, but as I walked up to the ASPCA center near my home, I found my excitement had turned to anxiety.
As a first-time adopter, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but I imagined it would be somewhat like a job interview and speed-dating wrapped into one. After all, it's a serious matter: adoption involves committing to love and take care of another living being for its entire life.
Nevertheless, I quickly learned there was no need to be nervous. Not only was my experience nothing like a job interview, it was downright pleasant -- even educational. And since June is Adopt A Cat Month, I'm going to demystify adoption for any scaredy cats (sorry, had to!) who want to adopt. Now is as good a time as any to make the leap and adopt a needy feline!
Here's what I wish I'd known going in:
1. Cats have different "personality types."