Article written for SAINT by Miranda LaSala |

Have you ever thought of getting yourself a new cat? Did adopting ever sound like a good choice?

In recent years, adopting a cat has always been an option being considered by many households when it comes to adding a new feline friend. But while the concept has been gaining popularity as of late, we still cannot deny the fact that there is still quite a number of households that get their cats from pet stores.

We think it is time to discuss why adopting is worth it more than getting them from pet stores. Read on to know the reasons why.

Adopting a Cat Saves Lives

When getting a cat from rescue groups or shelters, not only do you add a new and loving member to your household; you are also saving an animal’s life. Everywhere around the world, pet shelters have been putting down felines through different (and sometimes even inhumane) ways due to reasons of shelters becoming too crowded. Adopting a pet saves them from being extinguished. Not only that but as shelters continuously take in stray and abandoned cats, adopting one (or more) would free up spaces inside the shelter; giving more opportunities to other stray and abandoned ones to be welcomed by the shelter and have a second chance at life.

Adopting Saves (the Other Kind of Save)

Getting cats from pet stores can cost you anywhere from about $500 to even thousands depending on the quality, breed, and color. On the other hand, adopting one would only cost you $50 to about a few hundred which is way, way cheaper than pet stores. So that’s a huge amount of money saved if you come to think of it. What’s more is that when getting cats from shelters or rescue groups, these pets have already been neutered, spayed or even vaccinated which could save you loads of cash. And while adopting is less costly than getting pets from pet stores, adopting senior cats is even cheaper than getting kittens or adult cats.

They’re Healthier!

Contrary to popular belief, cats from shelters are healthy. One of the reasons why pets are placed in shelters is because of people problems.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Miranda is an experienced pet care professional who has worked with Hannah the Pet Society, Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic, and PetSmart