Are you considering adding a new furry friend to your home? Cats are one of the best pets to bring into your home and June is the perfect month for doing so. June is both National Adopt-a-Cat Month and Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month. Adopting a shelter cat will be mutually beneficial for both you and your cat. Here are 7 reasons why you should adopt a cat from a shelter:
1. You can save its life. There are far too many cats living without a home. What happens to the cats who don't get adopted? The sad truth is that they are often left to be euthanized. It is estimated that a little over a million shelter cats will be put to sleep each year. Even if your family can only adopt one cat, you will have saved one life.
2. Provide a loving companion to your family. Cats make great companions for both adults and children. These lovable and loyal pets can be quite playful, depending on the breed and individual temperament. While your cat may be a little shy when you first bring it home from the shelter, it will quickly become familiar with your family and its new environment and warm up to you in no time. Before you know it, your cat will become your new furry best friend.
3. They will be up-to-date with their vaccinations and spayed/neutered. Buying a cat from a pet store or even from a friend can come with risks and often times, a hefty price tag. Not only will you have to pay the upfront cost, but you'll usually have to pay your vet to vaccinate and spay or neuter them. Alternatively, when you adopt a cat from your shelter, you will usually only have to pay a small adoption fee for they are almost always already up-to-date on their shots and neutered or spayed. This will ensure that your cat is in good health and save you a lot of money.
4. They are often already well-trained. You may have heard cat owners joke about how difficult it can be to train their pets. Many cat owners will say, "You don't train a cat --- the cat trains you." Fortunately, shelter staff spend a lot of time with the cats and are skilled in training them. Most shelter cats have litter boxes in their cages and are already very familiar with using them.
5. You can adopt an older, low-maintenance cat. Kittens are great for kids who have a lot of energy and want to play with their new pets; however, if you're an older adult just looking for a quiet, cuddly companion, you may want to adopt an older cat. Older cats are often more relaxed and require less energy. An animal shelter often has a large supply of older cats for you to adopt.
6. There's a variety of cats to choose from. A pet store often only has a handful of cat breeds to choose from; however, an animal shelter will offer a wide selection. This means you'll be sure to find the perfect one to meet your needs and match your personality. Maybe you want a more playful cat that almost acts like a dog? In this case, a Maine Coon cat would be perfect. Or perhaps you would like a more traditional cat like a tabby? Whatever breed you're looking for, you're pretty likely to find one at your local shelter.
7. The staff will be able to provide you with a wide array of information on the cat's behavior. Do you have other pets? What about children? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you will want to be sure to choose a cat that gets along well with other animals and children. The staff at the shelter will have observed the way their cats interact with other animals and people to help you choose a cat that won't cause any problems in your home. Additionally, they can also let you know if the cat is afraid of anything, if they have any allergies, or there are any foods that they do not like. This will help you to make your cat as comfortable as possible in its new environment.