June is official “adopt a cat” month. According to the American Humane Association, spring is “kitten season” making it the ideal time to add a new pet to your family. Whether you want a brand new kitten or an adult cat, there are a few things to consider when adopting a cat.
Because cats require social interaction and mental stimulation, it may be a good idea to get 2 cats if you can. The cats can keep each other company as well as provide you with double the love and affection. Additionally, it’s important to try to adopt a cat with a personality that works well with yours. According to the American Humane Association, “In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active.”
It’s important to be prepared as much as possible before bringing your new cat home. One thing you should do is find a veterinarian right away and bring your new feline friend for a check up a few days after the adoption takes place. You’ll also want to make sure everyone living in the house is ready for the cat to come home, especially children. The best way to do this is to bring all family members along as visits to shelters are happening so everyone is involved in the adoption process.
Pets are a new responsibility and there is a financial aspect associated with them as well. It’s important to think of all the things your new cat will need like food, toys, vaccines, spaying/neutering, grooming needs and other supplies such as scratching posts, supplements and a litter box. It’s also vital to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan.
It can take some time for cats to get comfortable in their new surroundings. The American Humane Association suggests, “It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings.” This is especially important if you have additional pets at home. Liquid Health's K9 & Kitty Calmer may be just what you need to help your new cat through this transition.
Cats can make great pets and this month may be the perfect chance to bring one into your home. Contact your local shelter to find out what is involved in adopting a cat and get the process started.