The month of June is Cat Adoption Month! While dogs are regarded as the more popular house pets, cats can be just as loving, and full of personality. Cats are perfect for apartments and small homes. They’re easy to take care of, and independent animals. If you’re in the market for a new pet, it’s time to seriously consider adding a cat to the family.
Adopt Don’t Shop
This should always be in the back of your mind, and especially so this month. June is all about adopting cats from a shelter that are in search of forever homes. Did you know that yearly, 6.5 million animals enter shelters across the country, and half of them are cats?
Cat vs. Kitten
Picking the right cat is an important step for your family. No matter what shelter you go to you, you’ll see cats ranging in age, and there’s benefits to them all. An adult cat could have come into the shelter pregnant, or a litter can be brought in. These kittens definitely need love, but they’re also more work.
When deciding on a kitten or an adult cat, the most important thing to consider is your time. Kittens need training, like how to use a litter box, and not using furniture as a scratching post. You have to allow for a lot of training time, and attention for a new kitten. Adult cats are typically litter box trained, and have experience with humans and living in a home.
Before you even come into the shelter, there are steps to take. You want to make sure the whole family is involved, especially in the selection process. If you have young children, make sure they know the responsibility that comes with owning a pet. Before you bring your cat home, you’ll want to make sure you have all your pet supplies ready. This means a bed, food, toys, brushes, and a litter box. The American Humane society has a complete checklist to make sure you’re 100% ready for your newest addition. Find it here.
If your family is looking for a new pet, look no further than a cat. Especially if your family is new to pet ownership, cats are so independent and easy to care for, they’re a great first pet. There are so many shelters in the valley, sometime it’s hard to choose which one to go to. Give us a call at 480.968.9275 for advice on pet adoptions.