Adopt a Cat Month
June is “Adopt a Cat Month,” which marks the height of kitten season when thousands of kittens will be born. Many of these kittens will end up in shelters or foster-based rescue groups adding to the millions of cats and kittens already waiting to be adopted.
Adopt a Cat Month
June is “Adopt a Cat Month,” which marks the height of kitten season when thousands of kittens will be born. Many of these kittens will end up in shelters or foster-based rescue groups adding to the millions of cats and kittens already waiting to be adopted. If you’ve been thinking of getting a cat or if you’d like to help these cats and kittens, now is the perfect time.
Why a cat or kitten is a good addition to your family.
Cats can be devoted, intelligent, clever and loving companions. They are relatively low maintenance, which is a great choice for busy families. Most cats are content to be solo pets, but if you’re a pet owner who travels or often not at home, adopting two cats (siblings tend to do well together) not only gives two cats a home, but it also gives your furry friends someone to play with when you aren’t around.
- Having a cat can help reduce stress and anxiety and cat purrs have a calming effect on humans and can even lower blood pressure.
- They are entertaining. Watching them play and act silly or do goofy things can lighten your mood when you're having a bad day.
Reasons to adopt a cat
There are some rewarding advantages to getting your kitten/ cat from a shelter. The best feeling is knowing that you gave a lucky kitty a second chance. Adopting from a shelter is relatively easy on your wallet, rather than buying. Plus, you usually save some money on veterinary care, as your new fur baby will most likely already have had shots, deworming, etc. If you choose to adopt an older cat he/she is usually spayed or neutered. Also adopting from a shelter is a great way to free up some needed space for other cats and kittens.
Tips for adoption
Choosing a pet isn’t easy, especially when every kitty you look at is so cute. Shelters usually have many adorable kittens, along with older, more mellow cats. Make sure to spend some time with different cats/kittens before deciding. You want to consider their temperament and personality, and make sure that they are a good fit for your home. A timid cat may not be happy in a house with other cats, dogs or pets or small children and a lot of commotion, while a more outgoing, social cat may get lonely if often left at home alone.
Getting your new feline friend settled
Kittens tend to act like they’re fearless, but often they are scared to be in a new environment. They are content to find a place to hide and snooze, but then when it’s quiet they will come and find you either on the sofa or bed and just be a snuggle-bug. Going to a new home is a huge change for them, especially if a kitten is used to the company of their littermates and a smaller space. Let them explore and sniff out their new home, but make sure to set up a comfy spot with a bed or a little “house” or even just some old towels/ bedding so your fur baby can curl up and sleep. Often cats will hide the first few days in their new environment so having a designated space for them so they don’t get “lost” is a good idea. Give your feline friend a few days to settle in, and then let her decide when she is ready to come out and explore. Do not force attention on your new companion and remind your children as well. Invite your kitty to you, or let them come to you and reward them with scratches and petting or with small treats. It won’t take your new fur baby very long to figure out how to get your attention and you’ll be enjoying your new purring kitty cat.
Be prepared. Cats and kittens LOVE to knock over things purposely or often just by exploring. So be sure to prepare your home for their arrival. Think about moving lamps, picture frames, knickknacks, family heirlooms, anything of value to a safe location. Also as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian to discuss any needed vaccinations, deworming, or other preventive healthcare.
Other ways to support Adopt a Cat Month
There are millions of cats out there that need your help. Even if adoption isn’t in the cards right now, there are still many ways you can offer your support and make a real difference in thousands of cats’ lives.
- Call your local pet shelters and find out what resources they need and make a donation. Rescues and shelters are always in need of monetary donations and go a long way to help provide care and fund the essential services that cats in shelters need like medications, treatments or surgery. You can also consider donating treats, toys, food, beds, even stuff you have laying around like old towels and blankets. Many rescues and shelters have “wish-lists” of items needed. These items can be ordered from Amazon or other on-line stores or retail pet stores and shipped directly to the shelter or rescue of choice. All donations are appreciated!
- Consider becoming a foster pet parent. If you don’t have the ability to be a lifelong pet owner right now, foster programs allow you to care for a cat waiting to find its forever home.
Adopting can be a rewarding experience for your family while helping wonderful rescues and shelters by giving them space for other cats in need. If you choose to adopt a shelter kitten or cat this month be sure to get your new fur baby started on the right foot with nutrition like the the BARF® World Diet for Cats!
Sara has been part of the BARF team since 2019. She is responsible for some admin duties, helping keep the office running smoothly and support for Rob Jr. and the rest of the team. She has been passionate about animals since a small child growing up with a Siberian Husky and 3 cats, and as an adult having a Labrador Retriever that suffered from a lot of allergy problems. She now has a rescue orphaned kitten, Poppy, and a new addition in another Lab named Jax. She has 7 children that keep her busy in most of her spare time; but enjoys anything on or near the water, spending time with friends and family, music, reading and cooking.
"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!