Last Friday, my boyfriend and I adopted a cat! We have both wanted a cat for a really long while but it never seemed to be the right time to get one, so it is not something I thought would ever happen until a good few years down the line. However, last week my boyfriend witnessed a cat get hit by a car. Luckily, he took the cat to the nearest vet and found out that the cat was micro chipped so the owners could be contacted- the cat also survived which was happy ending! This incident seemed to be what spurred the decision to finally adopt a cat and it all happened very quickly from there on. The cat has quickly become one of the most precious things to me on this planet and I love him so much.
We always knew that if we got a cat, it would be a rescue cat and not a cat from a breeder. If you did not know already, I am a huge animal lover, believer in animal rights and activism, animal conservation/rehabilitation and also a proud vegetarian, so it is really, really important to me that we choose to buy rescue animals over breeder animals, but ill explain that in more detail later on in this post. First, i’d like to introduce you to our cat!
About Our Cat
First, I should probably tell you his name. He is called “Gustavo”, after the character Gustavo Fring from Breaking Bad, but we call him Gus for short. Yes, we named our cat after a major drug kingpin. It just seemed very fitting for our little guy. He is a long haired, super-soft, black and white fluffy cat.
We rescued Gus from a local RSPCA shelter. If you are unfamiliar with the RSPCA, they are the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and operate in England and Wales. When Gus was a kitten, he was left in a carrier bag with another cat. He was in such a bad state when the RSPCA found him that he had to have all but four of his teeth removed- luckily he can still eat as if he never lost a tooth! It breaks my heart that people can be so cruel to animals, especially ones as gentle and loving as our little Gus. The RSPCA believe that he is roughly 10 months old now, but he still acts very much like a kitten and he is super happy and playful. You would never know he had a horrible past. His favourite toys are shoelaces and balls of paper, he absolutely loves fuss and attention and he really enjoys sleeping in the back of my boyfriends clothes drawer. He really likes company, which is great for me as I am signed off of work sick for a few months and it gives me a little companion whilst I am at home awaiting surgery.
I thought it was going to be extremely hard to choose one cat, because I knew i would want to keep them all. But, as soon as I walked through the doors, Gus jumped up on to my shoulders and I fell in love. He chose us, really. He is so affectionate and thinks its a great idea to climb on my boyfriend and I’s heads whilst we try to sleep, but we don’t mind because he is super cute. He is my new best friend and I am so glad we chose to take him home!
We are going to give him the life he really deserves. He is already so spoiled and loved and is now a member of the family.
Why You Should Choose A Rescue Animal Over An Animal From A Breeder
The RSPCA rescue thousands and thousands of animals that have been abandoned, abused or neglected every single year- please remember that these are only statistics from just one organisation, so the figures of rescued animals are astronomically higher than thousands. Think more along the lines of 100’s of thousands of rescue animals in the UK alone. This means that there are an awful lot of furry friends in all shapes, sizes and breeds that need forever homes. There are so many benefits of adopting a rescue also but here are my top three.
- It feels good– It is undoubtedly very rewarding to rescue an animal. Knowing you are giving an animal that has been through a rough time a home full of love is a really great feeling. The animal is probably very grateful as well. When we took Gus home, he purred most of the journey back and when we got in to the house, he kept coming up for cuddles and attention. He is truly happy and content which is such a lovely thing to know.
- It’s cheaper The majority of animals from rescue shelters come vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered in the adoption fee. Our cat cost us £60, which included all of these things. On top of that, it included the thousands of pounds worth of dental surgery that he had in order to fix his teeth and restore his health. We also got a month of free health insurance on him and some toys also. He also came toilet trained as most rescue cats do, which obviously is super convenient for us.
- The money goes towards fighting animal cruely- The £60 we spent will go towards saving even more animals and keeping organistions like the RSPCA running. That is money well spent.
You can check out more of what the RSPCA does here: Click Me.
Thanks for reading!