By Briana Kim
Social Media Specialist
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat month and with good reason—this is the time that shelters start to see an increase of cats, cats and more cats! Along with cats, June is also the peak kitten season where shelters see an influx of kittens as a result of feline breeding. You may be wondering what you can do to make a difference in such a huge problem, but any little small act will be huge in the eyes of the cats and your local shelter.
Before You Adopt a Cat…
So you’re interested in adopting a cat? Before you jump into adopting a cat, here are a few helpful tips to get you ready for the process.
A Place of His/Her Own: Cats are territorial by nature. Your cat will feel uneasy when you first adopt him—a new place may seem very unfamiliar to him. In the beginning, a good way to make your cat feel comfortable, is to create a space for him to call home. Whether this be the guest room or laundry room, furnish the place with a lot of cat toys and a cat tree/condo for him to jump around on. Once he feels more comfortable, expand to the rest of the house. Make sure you properly cat proof the room before you give your cat access to them.
Buy All Cat Supplies Before Your Cat Arrives: Buy all of his supplies before your cat arrives to the house. Your cat will need:
Cat-Proof the House: A very important thing to do is cat proof your whole house. Anything you consider valuable, keep it away from any rooms your cat has access to. Cats love to jump around and explore. Chances are, if you keep any valuables out in the open, they will be broken on the floor in no time! It is also important to secure any of your electrical cords. Invest in some cord protectors to prevent any horrible accidents.
Introducing Family Memebers: Having everyone in the family on the same page is a must. Before adopting your cat, make sure everyone in your family is understanding of your cat’s needs. Introducing your new adopted cat might be diffcult, but with some patiences and understanding, it is very awarding.
Picking Out a Vet Ahead of Time: Having a reliable vet is crucial for your new cat. Make sure you send all medical records you receive from the cat adoption center to your vet to review. If you adopt a kitten, you should take him with you for his first visit to ensure everything is okay.
Adopt a Cat
While searching for your cat, try to find a cat whose personaility matches with yours. Cats all have different personailities and finding one that pairs with your lifestyle is ideal. Depending on your lifestyle—i.e. if you are a first time cat owner or if have a family with small kids—having an older and calmer cat might be the best for you.
Some times shelters will have bonded cats available for you. There is a lot of benefits of having a bonded pair: rescuing and helping two cats instead of one, easier adjustment to your home, and happier cat in general. Your house is a new environment for them and it can be hard to adjust to that alone. Bonded pairs find comfort in each other and the process will be way easier on you and your kitties.
Something to consider is adopting a cat or kitten at your local shelter. Many shelters all over the country are offering specials in honor of June being Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. One example is Ventura County Animal Services who are waiving adoption fees of their cats and kittens!
There are many other shelters you can adopt from in your area. Here is are some websites that help you track down animal shelters near you.