Special to Seniors Today
June is National Adopt a Cat Month and it encourages us to remember our feline friends when considering a new pet. This month is also known as Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. Learn the cat-friendly ways to get your home ready for a new fur baby, how to know which kitty is best for you, and how to care for your new friend.
Shelters are full of cats and kittens in needs of forever homes. These fur babies come with as many personalities as they do colors and coats. They will curl into your heart and with a twitch of their tails remind us they decide who they love.
With 3.4 million finding their way to a shelter it does not matter if they are born in the shelter, surrendered, or abandoned.
When considering an adoption of a new friend—take your time. Many shelter animal will touch your heart, so make sure to find a life-long love.
Consider if you will have time for a playful kitten or will an adult cat be more to your liking?
Make multiple visits before deciding. Sometimes, the cat will choose you.
Spend one-on-one time with the cat so you have some bonding with the feline and their true personality.
If you have other members of your fur family be sure to consider their feelings. Be sure to introduce them to be sure their personalities mesh.
When you get home with your new family member, have a space ready for him to decompress and adjust to his new home. Don’t be surprised if he hides. This is normal cat behavior and should pass.
If you aren’t able to adopt, consider volunteering or making a donation. Most shelters have a list of needed items. If you’ve adopted a shelter cat, share a selfie with your furbaby on social media. Use #AdoptACatMonth to follow throughout the month.
Adopt a Cat Month began in 1974 by the American Human Association.