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I am relatively sure when Rodgers and Hammerstein created the hit tune “June is Busting out All Over” that they were describing flowers blooming and talking about the excitement from budding romantic relationships associated with the month.
But sadly, not all of the events that transpire in the spring are as joyful. In shelters around the country, thousands of unwanted kittens are born during “kitten season”, increasing the population of millions of unwanted kitties in desperate need of loving homes.
Since June has been set aside as “Adopt a Cat” month, this is an ideal time for folks who adore felines to consider opening their hearts and homes and take in a kitty or two, abundantly showering them with the love and affection they so deeply deserve. At this time, shelters and many veterinary clinics have available a wide variety of adorable fluffy kittens and cats that will win the hearts of anyone who is passionate about them.
This is a purrfect opportunity for folks whose homes are already graced with the presence of one or more felines to consider adoption and experience the companionship of another kitty. People who never had the pleasure of sharing the company of a truly amazing furry friend can visit their local shelter or log onto Petfinder.com to be found by a very special cat.
When it comes to cats, I generally advise having two is always better than having one. The majority of domestic kitties enjoy the company of a fellow cat, especially when their human is out of the house. Watching cats play together while getting necessary exercise beats any television show I have ever watched. And what’s best is that it’s free of commercial interruptions. A purring cat on one’s lap is relaxing and lowers blood pressure.
But if kittens running through the house might seem like a herd of elephants and is unnerving, why not consider adopting an older cat? The adoring eyes of a kitty who languished in a shelter looking up at you will melt your heart.
However, do keep a few suggestions made by the American Humane Association in mind.
Pick a kitty that suits your life style and purrsonality. Research the typical behavior of various breeds. Find a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit a few days after kitty’s arrival. While slightly more expensive, choose a good quality cat or kitten food to keep your cat healthy. Stock up on supplies ahead of time. Litter boxes, litter, several scratching posts and safe toys are the essentials.
Of course, if cats are already in residence, prepare a sanctuary room for your new arrival. Slow and supervised introductions go a long way to facilitate integration and prevent serious squabbles.
Is there a fabulous feline in your future? Leave a comment and let us know.