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RSPCA South Australia | Thinking about adopting a cat?

Mar 5, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes


Thanks to their inquisitive, playful, and affectionate nature, our feline friends make wonderful pets.  And if you adopt from RSPCA, you are giving a cat in need a second chance at life.

A cat can have an enormously positive impact; these incredible creatures have been scientifically proven to improve your health by lowering stress and anxiety levels.  They’re also great fun. 

By selecting an adult cat, you will receive a pet that has a settled personality, helping you to make an informed decision about the best one for you and your family.  Your new pet will be litter trained, so there will be no messy start to your relationship!

As your cat has been waiting so long for their forever family, they will have endless love to give. 

Each cat that comes into the care of RSPCA undergoes a behavioural assessment, which will determine what type of home the cat will be most suited to.  Some cats will enjoy the company of children and animals, whilst others may prefer a quiet home.

It is important to keep in mind that the decision to adopt a cat, or any pet, should not be taken lightly.

There are several factors to consider before proceeding with adoption, to ensure that you make the right choice for yourself and for a cat:

Am I over 18?

Am I in a financial position to meet the ongoing costs of caring for a cat?

Do I have an environment to ensure a cat is safe and secure at all times?

Does my current lifestyle allow me to spend quality time with a cat?

Am I committed to care for a cat its whole life?


It’s important to know what you will need to care for your cat:

Collar and ID tag

Water and food bowls

Kitten, adult or senior cat food (we recommend Hill’s Pet Nutrition)

Litter tray, litter and scooper

Comfortable bedding


Scratching post

Toys and balls for physical stimulation

Grooming and cleaning products

Regular worming and flea control products


These items can be purchased at RSPCA shelters and RSPCA PetVille, with sale proceeds helping animals in need.

All animals available for adoption at an RSPCA shelter are vaccinated, desexed and microchipped. They are simply waiting for their new home and a loving furever family. 

Once you have decided on your new furry friend, it’s time to take them home – this is a wonderful and exciting experience. 

Even though cats are known for being independent and quite self-sufficient, they do still require plenty of care and affection. 

It’s best to ensure your cat is kept safe and happy within the home to help reduce the risk of accidents and provide some protection from wildlife.   The RSPCA website has great information to help you. 

As with all animals, the more love and attention you give to your cat, the more you will receive in return. 

Find your best friend for life today.  Visit your nearest RSPCA shelter or head to to find out more.

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