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June is National Adopt a Cat Month!



June is National Adopt a Cat Month and 

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!





 

Can't adopt right now?

Still want to help?

There are many other things you can do if you want to be involved! 
Here are just a ideas. Please feel free to leave us some ideas in the comment section and we'll continue to grow our list! 

1. Donate supplies and goods to your local animal rescue or shelter. They are always in need of food, blankets, litter boxes, cat toys/towers, litter and kennels. You can also swing by a nearby Animal Shelter and ask them what supplies they are most in need of.

2. Spread the word on your Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram accounts! Let people know it’s Adopt a cat month! Get started by posting pictures of your own adopted cats! There's no better visual than someone who's already helped a cat by adopting them into their fur-ever home!

3. Help out a stray cat or kitten in the Arizona heat! It may not let you catch it but you can leave water and shade on your patio so if kitty does come to your patio it can stay out of the sun and get a drink.

4. Volunteer at your local humane society, animal shelter or rescue organization. Shelters can use all the help they can get from volunteers! Visiting with the animals, walking dogs, or help with cleaning are always appreciated from volunteers. 

If you ARE in the market for adopting a cat this month here are some tips to help you prepare!

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 will most likely have much less time!

  




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. Bedding, food and water bowls, toys (appropriate for safety and age) and litter boxes.
Check out our Veterinarians!

5. Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to have your new addition health checked. You should establish this relationship right away. Your pet's most valuable person other than you is their veterinarian!

6. Budget for short and long term costs. This includes physical exams, medical exams when and if needed, vaccines, spaying or neutering (most shelters adopt pets out already spayed and neutered and with at least the first vaccine given), microchip, ID tags, food and bedding.

7. Cat-ify your home. No poisonous plants, no string, ribbon, tinsel or small objects that could be swallowed. Purchase or build a cat tower or a scratching post, sprinkle it with catnip, treats and toys. This way your kitties will learn to use the cat tower or scratching post before using your leather couch and that will prevent painful declawing (amputation of all knuckles)!

Cats love to be up high so think about building UP. Cat shelves are a new craze with cat owners and your cat/s will love them!

Cats and Kittens love to play!
  
Cat Shelves are fun for your cat!






















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. Your veterinarian can give you lots of information on how to socialize your cat or kitten!












Most of all have fun! Adopting a new cat or kitten gives you a great sense of pleasure! Not only did you save a life but you contributed to opening 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: American Humane Society-Adopt a cat month.

Thank you pet owners! 


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