Find Your Purr-fect Match
Adopting a new pet into your family is always exciting. To help make the transition as smooth as possible, we’ve put together a short list of tips to help you choose the best match for your home. You’ll also find more information about:
Get the Most from the Cat-a-logue
We take pride in our Cat-a-logue of available cats and always aim to supply you with the most accurate information about every cat. Next to each cat’s photo, you’ll find a list of home requirements as well as a brief biography about the cat’s unique personality.
Please read the home requirements carefully before making your selections. This helps ensure each cat is placed in the best possible home. After all, finding the perfect match goes far beyond how cute a cat looks!
A Cat or Kitten to Suit Your Home
Please do not choose a cat or kitten solely based on looks. A cat’s personality, age and ability to fit into your lifestyle are the most important considerations when selecting a companion with which to share the next 15 to 20 years of your life.
You also need to evaluate what type of home you have. Do you have a young family or an action-packed, boisterous home? Perhaps you have a quieter home with only a few people and often spend time at home/work from home? Or, maybe you’d describe your home as serene…you have a mature family or a quiet house with few visitors. Remember to keep these basic home characteristics in mind when selecting a cat.
General Cat Personality Types and Needs
Kittens and Tweens are typically playful and curious. They enjoy action, adventure and lots of attention. Having a youngster in your home will require you to train your kitten in proper ‘kitten etiquette’ and kitten-proof your home. Kittens do enjoy the companionship of other cats and dogs, but can do well on their own if they receive lots of attention and playtime from their human companions.
Some older kittens and tweens have had limited human contact in their first weeks of life, making them a bit fearful. These cats need lots of positive social interaction and love while they adjust to a life with human companionship. Having another cat or dog in the home will also help them feel happy and secure.
Fun Family Cats demand action, attention and adventure in their home. They love to interact with everyone and like to be part of household activities—from homework to housework. Having lots of social interaction and playtime with children and adults alike is important to bringing out the best in their personalities. These cats may want to be the only love of your life, or enjoy hanging out with other cats and dogs in the home to make life that much more interesting.
Mellow and Mature Cats can be social butterflies or independent, but are typically looking for a home with less noise and activity. These cats tend to be well behaved and quiet, and are often just looking for a nice warm lap to snuggle up on. However, they still enjoy playtime. These cats range from wanting to be the only cat in the home to happily living with other cats or dogs.
Blossoming Shy Buddies do better in homes with less noise and activity. They prefer predictable, routine and gentle affection. With time, patience and love, they often become extremely bonded and affectionate with the people in their home. Most shy cats prefer to have another cat companion in the home to feel happy and secure. Learn more about MEOW Foundation’s Shy Cat Grading System below.
Special Needs Cats have long-term medical or behavioural conditions. They need a home where their special needs will be accommodated, which may include daily medication, ongoing veterinary care, or lifestyle changes to deal with their specific behavioural needs. They are looking for a home where love has no boundaries. Patience and understanding is key to a life of dignity for these cats.
How We Grade Our Shy Cats
Knowing what to expect when adopting a shy cat is the key to a successful placement. To help, MEOW Foundation developed the Shy Cat Grading System.
All shy cats in our Cat-a-logue are given a grade of Level 1 (slighty shy) through Level 5 (very shy) so you know what will be needed to help your new companion succeed in his or her new home.
Level 1 cats can be approached slowly and petted gently. At times, they will independently seek out human attention and pets. They are comfortable being near people and human activities. Level 1 cats can be expected to hide a bit during their first days home but the prognosis for close bonding with humans is very good.
Level 2 cats can be petted or touched for a short time in certain spots and by certain people. They are generally comfortable around people but will hide during the first few weeks at home. Level 2 cats may take two to eight weeks before beginning to explore their new surroundings and interacting with people in the home.
Level 3 cats are learning to accept the odd pet or touch, but not consistently. With some work, they may eventually accept and be comfortable with petting. Expect Level 3 cats to take four to 12 weeks to settle in to a new home. These cats will hide in the beginning.
Level 4 cats require intensive socialization. They need to learn to accept pets from people and to feel more comfortable around humans in general. Socialization skills among cats in this category usually improve, but some cats may prove resistant to socialization depending on the amount of work put in by the adopter, the personality of the cat and genetics. Level 4 cats often take three to six months to settle in to their new homes.
Level 5 cats do not accept any pets or human touch. They are curious, but independent. They will co-exist with people in the home, but will not interact. They prefer the company of other cats. These cats will often hide and may take three to six months to settle in to their new homes. With hard work, some Level 5 cats may become more socialized over time; some may not.