Top 10 Checklist for Adopting a Cat 1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation and social interaction. 2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. 3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following adoption. 4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before your new pet comes home. 5. Budget for the short and long term costs of a cat. 6.