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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

Adopting a cat/kitten is a huge decision.  There are many things that should be considered before determining the time is right to add a feline family member to your home.  Cats have different personalities just like people do, so it is important to understand what you want from your feline companion.  Our friends at the American Association of Feline Practitioners have tips and considerations as you contemplate this life-changing event in the article below.  

Important Considerations

  • Time — do you have the time to care for, play with, and meet your cat's basic needs?
  • Multi-cat Households — do you already have cats in your household? What are their temperaments? Will they get along? Have you scheduled a veterinary visit to test for disease to limit exposure?
  • Adult or Kitten — Do you have other household pets that need to be considered?
  • One or Two — should you adopt a single cat or a pair? For example, siblings are already a bonded pair, and will usually remain so for years.  They also are great playmates, since they have the same energy level.
  • Resources — are you able to cover the costs associated with cat adoption like food, litter, bedding, annual veterinary visits, spaying or neutering, toys/scratching posts, parasite control, and microchipping?

Setting Up for Adoption Success

Congratulations on considering adopting a new cat or kitten!  The introduction of a new cat is exciting but it can also be stressful.  Here are important suggestions to get you off to a good start whether you have a multi- or single-cat household…

Want to keep reading this article?  Click here:  http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/caring-for-cats/adopting-a-cat