So what happens if you aren’t able to adopt a cat? There are many more things you can do to help out with promoting this important cause. Here are just a few we came up with:
1. Go to our Pet Adoption Tab or click here to see if there are any current cats available for adoption: http://www.petrescueaz.blogspot.com/
Donate supplies and goods to your local or neighborhood animal rescue or shelter. They are always in need of food, blankets, litter boxes, cat toys/towers, litter and kennels.
2. Spread the word on your Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.! Let people know it’s Adopt a cat month! Help spread the word!
3. Help out a stray cat or kitten in the Arizona heat! It may not let you catch it, but leave some water and shade on your patio so if they do come up that close they can stay out of the sun and get a drink.
4. If you find a kitten, take him/her inside. Give him water, feed him, check him for fleas (before they are let down on the ground and especially if you have other pets. No contact until!) Stray cats or kittens need to be tested for contagious diseases and intestinal parasites before they can be introduced to other pets in the house!
5. If you are able, find a shelter and let them know you’ve found a young kitten. If you are planning on making it your own please be responsible and start it’s vaccines and continue them until your veterinarian says you are done. Spay or Neuter the kitten and microchip him so if he gets lost you have an extra way to get him home.
6. Put an ID tag on his collar. Young kittens may try to run out an open door. AzQR Tags has ID tags that can hold much information such as your name, telephone number, vet information, etc. Check them out. The ID tags are the newest and coolest!
7. Volunteer at your local humane society, animal shelter or rescue organization. They can use all the help they can get from people!
If you ARE in the market for adopting a cat this month, here are some tips we’ve gathered for you.
1. Check state shelters and rescues….. here is a link to a list of shelters in Arizona: http://www.petfinder.com/awo/index.cgi?location=Arizona&keyword=
2. Think seriously about adopting an older cat. Some older cats have been in shelters for years and are still waiting for their fur-ever homes. An adult cat is usually already socialized and trained. Many just need a loving home to live out the rest of their lives. If you are thinking “short term” than this is purr-fect for you! Remember, kittens can live to be 17-24 years old! An older cat may only have a few years left!
3. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared for the new edition. Think about possibly adopting TWO! If you do only adopt one, make sure it compliments your current pets.
4. Stock up on supplies you will need. This way you are prepared when they arrive.
5. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have your new cat/cats/kitten/kittens health checked. You should establish this relationship right away.
6. Budget for short and long term costs. There are vaccine series, spaying or neutering (most shelters adopt pets out already spayed and neutered and with at least the first vaccine given), microchipping, ID tags, food and bedding.
7. Cat-ify your home. No poisonous plants, no string, ribbon, tinsel. Purchase a cat tower, scratching post and show them where it is right away. Sprinkle it with cat nip, treats and toys. This way they will learn right away to use the post before your couch and will most likely prevent the painful and expensive declawing (amputation of all knuckles).
8. Socialize your cat or kitten once they have become accustomed to your home and family. You want to live with a social cat, not a scaredy cat or aggressive cat.
Most of all, have fun! Adopting a new cat or kitten gives you a great since of pleasure that not only did you save a life, you contributed to freeing up a kennel at the shelter for a new cat looking for a home!
For more links on Adopting a cat this month please click here: http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/caring-for-your-pet/