Buying A Cat From A Shelter – Secrets To Finding The Best Kitty

Buying a cat from a shelter is a great idea because there are millions of wonderful kittens and adult cats waiting for someone to adopt them. It just takes a little extra sleuthing to be sure you are getting the right feline friend for your home.

When you bring a cat home from a shelter you can pat yourself on the back because will be giving a cat or kitten in need a much needed chance to have a happy home. In many cases you will literally be saving their lives.

These days you may not even have to visit the shelter to adopt because they are being very proactive about getting kitties out to where the people are. Such outreach programs can be found at adoption centers in pet superstores, at fares and festivals and even on busy street corners and in office buildings.

Shelter workers will question the person surrendering the kitty for as much information about it as they can get but that’s not always a lot. So you’ll have to rely on your and their observations of the animal in question to decide if this cat will make a good friend for you in your home.

Start by getting a feel for the temperament of the animal. Is it outgoing or does it sit in the back of the room and hope no one notices it. If it’s outgoing does it play well with the other animals there or does it bully and dominate the other cats. Neither situation is “Wrong” but it will tell you a bit about how this cat will behave in your home.

Well socialized kittens can play easily in nearly any surroundings so a kitten who is awake but hiding in a corner or who is obviously frightened of you should send off warning bells.

Adult cats are more reserved so you’ll have to give them a bit more leeway because even the nicest, most friendly cat in the world can be miserable and disoriented in the cages of a shelter. But in general an adult cat who is used to people will be friendly and inquisitive towards you.

Be sure to check for signs of good health, then ask for all the information the shelter staff have on the animals you are interested in. They will have a file on each cat or kitten containing all they found out from the person who surrendered the cat as well as vet results and their own observations.

Aston Martin

An Aston Martin is one of those cars that many, if not most, people dream of driving someday. Relatively few of these people actually get to drive one, let alone have one, but is certainly a fun dream. Driving is a very fun activity for many people, although the long commutes that increasing people have to drive on a daily basis have detracted from that somewhat. This has led to an increase in people separating out fun driving and necessary driving, and so cars have also been sorted into fun cars and practical cars. You won’t drive a fun car for practical activities not just because of the lack of practicality, but also because you don’t want your fun car to become associated with boring, dull, and disliked activities.

Well, if you’re going to separate out fun cars and practical cars, I think it would be cool to have a fun activity superstore for adults where you got to do fun things that you cannot afford to make a part of your daily life. Things like driving an Aston Martin around the activity superstore parking lot, or having a section of the activity superstore that is dedicated to spa and salon style activities (whirlpools, saunas, massages, meditation, yoga, hair and nail stylists, etc.). Perhaps the activity superstore could have a section with the latest in technology that you could play with, like the latest gaming, tv and movies, computer technology, cameras, etc.

The activity superstore could also have things for sale or for rent as well (an interesting concept, renting technology or cool stuff like a motorcycle or Aston Martin, but just for a week or weekend). It could be nearly like a grown-ups theme park, but instead of pretending you are a child, in the activity superstore you can pretend that you are in an Aston Martin, pretend that you are a professional photographer using the latest 3D camera technology from Japan.

While some might say that this is pandering to the materialistic culture of today, allowing people to pretend that they are rich without actually having to work for their own wealth, and while they do have some point, there could be a place for an activity superstore like this. Perhaps this would help keep some people from feeling like they have to spend their whole life working to get this things. Perhaps some people would be encouraged by it. But really, it doesn’t matter what you do, activity superstore or not, people will still be as they are.

Holistic Businesses – Don’t Follow This Example

Financial transactions are as much about building relationships as they are spending money, so I have to admit, I do get a little peeved when I spend money and then feel disrespected by the company I’ve paid.

A few years ago we used to buy our food from the local superstore. We’d spend on average around £4500 a year there.

I’ve shopped with this superstore for my entire adult life and therefore spent in the region of £76500 in their premises.

But then I noticed their quality had dropped. The apples in the store were bruised. The tins were getting more dented. The tortilla wraps had begun sticking together, the pitta bread had holes in them and they had begun to have items they used to have in stock, regularly out of stock.

I wrote to the local branch. Three weeks later, when they hadn’t replied, so I wrote to their Head Office. Funnily enough, they didn’t reply either. So I assumed that perhaps ignoring customer’s complaints was now company policy. I also noticed that nothing had improved in the store.

I suppose my £4500 a year is quite small compared to their annual profit of £2.65 billion. And I suppose losing my custom doesn’t really mean that much to them.

However, this got me thinking…

I’d been wrestling with food miles and the environmental stuff for quite some time. I know that my veg, even if grown locally will probably go to somewhere like Germany to get packaged before it will return to the UK and go on a shelf.

I know all this is not good for the environment. I know how superstores are now able to dictate pricing to suppliers and even influence town planning. I don’t necessarily like the idea of 180 new superstores being opened in the UK in the next 18 months. But I do accept there are some benefits to having these stores as part of the diversity of our culture.

But having said all that, when a company fails to value the relationship with a customer, then the customer is probably right to review the relationship with the company.

So I considered the food miles and the environment and the growth of the superstores and came to the conclusion… It was time to grow my own food, get my own chickens, shop where it is most convienients and buy local.

When we spend money in our my local economy, most of it stays in your local economy, but when you spend it at a superstore, very little of it returns.

Since I live in the countryside and am surrounded by farmers – some of whom I know – I’d prefer to line their pockets than people who do not value my relationship with them.

I’d love to know your take on this.

Best
Neil