The ABC's of Cat Adoption for National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month
In honor of National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, I'm shining the spotlight on our fur-less caretaker's other favorite companion, cats. I think the little guys are cute and am considering adopting one myself (hopefully neither of the girls are allergic to cat dander).
What better way to do your part in making the world a better place then by saving a life? Adopting a pet from a shelter does just that. Cats thrive in loving homes and will fascinate and amuse with their antics and superior intelligence (say what?!).
I've heard many a human declare that their cat understands them on a deeper plane than any human they know. I've also heard them repeat the phrase, "Dogs have owners while cats have staff."
Are you really prepared to be a responsible cat parent? Caring for your new cat involves more than love and attention (though both are essential). You also have a financial responsibility to provide your fur-child with healthy food, medical care, toys, kitty litter and other supplies.
And, while cats are less demanding then dogs when it comes to exercise and grooming, their care will take time. Make sure there's room in your schedule and your budget for kitty's care before adopting.
When you adopt, you are making a commitment to that cat or kitten to do everything within your power to make things work. There's no giving up if the reality of cat ownership is a little different then you had imagined.
With a lot of love and patience, your new pet can be trained to mind the house-rules. Keep in mind that kitty wants this to work just as much as you do...probably more! Your mindset should be that adoption is for life.
Research everything involved in cat care and consider how your cat will fit in to any future lifestyle changes (like having a baby), before adopting. Cats can bring a fun new dimension to a formerly cat-less household.
Sharing your life with a cat will bring joy to your heart, love to your life and a smile to your face!
Top 10 reasons why cats end up in shelters
- Too many in house
- Cost of pet maintenance
- Landlord issues
- No homes for litter-mates
- House soiling
- Personal problems
- Inadequate facilities
- Doesn’t get along with other pets
- Save a Cat - Pictures and profiles of homeless cats by zip code
- Cost of caring for a cat
- Cat supplies you'll need
- iPhone apps for pet owners
- Pet Insurance Center
- Cat supply product reviews