Did you know June is Adopt A Cat month? Warmer months generally mean more cats and kitties end up at local shelters or rescues. The influx of new kittens and cars quickly overwhelm many organizations. Adopting a cat or kitten may actually save a life.
Tips for Adopting A Cat or Kitten
Prior to getting a new pet, ask yourself, are you ready for the extra responsibility? Even though cats are generally independent creatures, being prepared is vital. Kittens need extra attention. If possible, adopt two to entertain each other. Remember, adopting an animal of any kind requires supplies and food.
- Litter Box and Scoop: In the beginning, a smaller litter box may be necessary for your kitten to climb into safely. Full grown cats may require larger boxes to contain the litter. A scoop is a must for keeping your cat’s litter box clean. Failing to clean the litter box will result in your cat finding other places to go.
- Litter: Cat litter choices may seem overwhelming. At first, trial and error may be part of your process for finding the best one for your new cat or kitten. Clumping cat litter is generally easier to scoop.
- Food Dish and Water Bowl: Kittens may require smaller dishes. Ceramic or metal dishes tend to last longer than plastic ones. Plastic dishes may absorb odors. Self-watering bowls are ideal especially if you work long hours.
- Food: Kittens require special food to help them grow. They need extra nutrients for their high-energy level. If you are uncertain on the type of food, research or ask your local veterinarian. When adopting your new furry friend from a rescue, ask questions about the type of food they use on a daily basis.
- Treats: Kittens and cats love treats. Use them sparingly.
- Collars/Harnesses/Leashes: When taking your kitten or cat outdoors, a collar or harness with a secure leash will help keep your furry companion safe.
- Grooming Supplies: Longer haired kittens and cats may need help grooming. Daily brushing helps keep your cat’s fur tangle free.
- Find a Vet: Finding a vet is necessary for your pet’s health. Research veterinarians in your area or consult with the rescue. Rescue organizations tend to work closely with local vets to spay and neuter incoming animals. They will be more than happy to direct you to the vet of their choice.
If You Are Unable to Adopt a Cat or Kitten
Perhaps, the timing is not right to adopt a cat or you are uncertain if you are ready for the responsibility. That’s okay, there are other ways to help during Adopt A Cat month.
- Foster: Many rescues promote fostering to adopt programs. Fostering makes room for other animals to enter the rescue. Fostering provides hands-on learning about caring for cat or kitten without a long term commitment.
- Volunteer: Rescue organization or shelters are always looking for volunteers. Keep in mind; volunteering is not just playing with the kittens. But do not let that keep you from helping out. Cleaning litter boxes is part of cat ownership.
- Donate: Rescues run on donations. Vet bills, food, litter, and other supplies are costly. Even the smallest donation has the potential for life-saving impact.
- Get Social: Rescues and shelters usually post adoptable kittens and cats on social media platforms. Sharing daily posts with your followers may result in animal adoption.
From bringing home a new kitten to sharing posts on social media, participating in Adopt A Cat month is easy.