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Adopt a Cat Month

EVC celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month

Every year in the month of June, The American Humane Association celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month. A month that also marks the height of “kitten season,” when many kittens are born and often end up in animal shelters. Due to this high influx of cats and kittens into the shelter, The American Humane Association started Adopt a Cat Month to help bring awareness regarding the rescuing and adoption of cats. Cats can fit into busy, modern lifestyles more easily than dogs, as they are independent.
If you have been thinking about adding a furry friend to your home now is the best time to visit your local animal shelter to meet all the kitties that are looking for their forever homes. There are many wonderful benefits of owning a cat; one is that they do not require a large amount of space. If you can fit their essentials, such as litter boxes (you need one box per cat plus one extra) and food and water dishes, you can pretty much guarantee your kitty will be happy. Cats are independent and don’t need a lot of attention however when they do want attention, they give the best snuggles. Cats also help keep pest away and out of your home, including rodents and insects. There are also many health benefits of owning a cat. Cats can help reduce stress as scientific evidence shows that a cat’s purr can calm your nervous system and lower your blood pressure. Cats also reduce the feeling of loneliness as they offer unconditional love.
To care for a cat you will need to:
• Provide plenty of human companionship
• Provide regular, suitable meals with a constant supply of fresh water
• Provide a clean and comfortable bed
• Provide the cat with outdoor access or be prepared to empty and clean a litter tray on a daily basis
• Provide it with a stimulating and safe environment
• Groom it regularly. Longhaired cats require daily grooming
• Have it neutered between 4 and 6 months old
• Vaccinate against the major feline diseases regularly
• Worm regularly and provide treatment for fleas and ticks
• Take the cat to the vet when it shows any sign of illness
• Insure your cat or make sure you can afford the cost of any veterinary treatment it may need
If adopting a cat is not an option for you at this time, that’s ok, there are other ways that you can help these furry creatures. One way is to promote National Adopt a Cat Month by posting about it on social media and spreading awareness regarding the cause. Another way is to donate to your local animal shelter. With the increase in the number of kittens and cats that come into the shelter the cost of care goes up as well. Even the smallest donation will help these cats live more comfortable lives while they wait for their forever homes.

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