Jun 14 2018

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

image for June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

With “kitten season” fully underway (yes, kitten season does exist!), shelters will soon be full of cats and kittens in need of loving homes. Late spring and early summer is the time of year when cats often have a litter of kittens, increasing the number of felines that are homeless. Due to the increase of kittens and cats to shelters at this time of year, June is recognized as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat!

By adopting a cat or kitten in June, you can help lessen the burden in shelters at this time of year. Even if you are unable to adopt a cat or kitten, there are other ways that you can help.

  • Consider making a donation to your local animal shelter or humane society as a way to help offset the increased costs.
  • Spread the word! Use social media to post a message about Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account.
  • Consider becoming a shelter volunteer. Contact your local shelter to find out how you can become involved in their organization.
  • If you can’t bring a cat into your home permanently, consider fostering. Contact a rescue group or your local shelter to see how you can become a foster parent.

If you are thinking of adopting a cat, there are a few things to consider before jumping in.

Make sure everyone is in! Discuss the adoption with all members of your family or your roommates. The only thing worse than a “surprise” addition to the household is having to return the cat to the shelter.

The right cat. Make sure you meet a few cats before making a decision. Every cat has her own distinct personality – try to find one whose personality matches yours! If you are energetic and want to play games, be sure to find a cat that shares your energy!

Budget. Cats can live for up to 20 (or even more) years. It is important that you are prepared to care for a cat for its entire life. Owning a cat comes with costs: food, kitty litter, treats, toys, and veterinary care. These are the necessities that your new cat will need for a healthy long life. Be sure to budget for the short- and long-term costs associated with owning a cat. If your budget is tight, ask a veterinarian what to expect in annual wellness visit fees.

Two’s company. Consider adopting two cats instead of just one. Cats are very social animals. Having two cats can provide exercise and play for one another.

Supplies! Stock up on supplies before you bring home your new cat. You will need a litterbox (or two), cat litter, food, food and water bowls, a scratching post, toys, bed, toothbrush, cat-safe toothpaste, nail clippers, and a comb or brush for grooming.

Be prepared! Secure items that a cat exploring her new home could knock over. Be sure to store cleaning supplies and other toxic home and garden chemicals in locked cupboards – cats can be very curious so cat-proofing your home is a must.

Vet visit! Book an appointment with your veterinarian to check over your new cat before bringing her home, or if that is not possible, soon after you have brought her home. You will need to make sure your new cat is healthy, vaccinated, and is free of fleas, ticks, mites, or intestinal parasites.

Take it slow. It may take some time for a cat to feel comfortable in her new home. Take it slow when introducing your cat to family members and even the house! It may help to keep your new cat in one room (with her food, water, and litterbox) until she gets used her new home.

LifeLearn News

Note: This article, written by LifeLearn Animal Health (LifeLearn Inc.) is licensed to this practice for the personal use of our clients. Any copying, printing or further distribution is prohibited without the express written permission of Lifelearn. Please note that the news information presented here is NOT a substitute for a proper consultation and/or clinical examination of your pet by a veterinarian.

EXAM FEE = $38.00!

~Come Purchase a 6 Month supply of Advantage Multi and receive 2 months FREE

~FREE MONEY --- On your next visit make sure you collect one of our referral cards, give it to a family member, friend, or total stranger with your name on it and when they come in for their first appointment BOTH of YOU will receive a $25 Credit on your accounts!

~We are a Proud Provider of Royal Canin Foods and Treats! Come in Try some Dental Kibble for your Feline or Canine Companions Today! We carry all gastrointestinal, hypoallergenic and diet foods. Although our in clinic stock may be limited we are ALWAYS willing to special order on your pets behalf!!!

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday8:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday8:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday8:00am – 6:30pm
Friday8:00am – 5:30pm

Monday thru Friday - Doctors arrive around 9:00am. Please schedule accordingly to see a doctor for your pet! Emergency Process For after hours emergencies please contact St. Francis Animal Hospital at 360-253-5446 or Columbia River Veterinary Specialists (emergency services) at 360-694-3007. Please call with any questions, we do not communicate over email with clients. Thank you!