If you have been considering adding a new feline friend to your household, June may be the perfect time to do just that. Both the ASPCA and American Humane Association encourage the adoption of cats during the month of June. While kittens are in high demand, adult cats are often euthanized due to lack of homes and shelter space. Check with local shelters to find out their policies on visiting adoptable pets and what goes along with the adoption process. If you have other cats in your household, you will want to make certain that the new addition has been tested for FIV/FeLV prior to adoption so that you do not put your own pet’s health at risk. Remember that introducing a new feline companion into your home can take time; do not expect your new resident to simply jump right in and be part of the family (although some will). Keep an open mind when visiting a shelter. Going in with specific expectations can result in frustration for new owners. Discuss the idea of adopting a new cat with your family to make sure that the new addition will be right for everyone. Most importantly, remember that adoption is not an impulse decision, and while it is a wonderful feeling to leave the shelter with a new bundle of fur, take the time to make sure that the cat or kitten you take home will be a suitable fit for your lifestyle. An adult cat may be better equipped emotionally to handle a quiet, empty house while you are away at work whereas a playful kitten will require more attention. Your family’s schedule and routine should always be taken into consideration when adopting a pet. You should also consider the expenses associated with your new fury friend; beyond the adoption fee there will be food, cat litter, toys, and veterinary bills at some point in your cat’s future. Consulting a veterinarian to determine what to expect for basic care of a healthy feline will give you the baseline for your pet’s needs, but don’t forget to consider emergencies that may arise too. Most of all have fun and enjoy your new feline companion.
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on adopting a cat this June or visit your local animal shelter.
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff