According to the American Humane Association, approximately 4 million cats end up in animal shelters every year in the United States. If your family could use one more addition, consider adopting a cat from your local shelter. You’ll not only be saving a life, you’ll be enriching your own as well.
People of any age can benefit from owning a cat. Taking care of a cat is an easy way to teach young children responsibility, while cats also make wonderful companions for the elderly. The companionship of a cat can ease feelings of stress and even decrease blood pressure. Compared with dogs, cats require very little care. They bathe themselves, entertain themselves and don’t take up much space. Shelter cats are usually trained to use a litter box, so virtually no housebreaking is needed.
After you’ve adopted your new feline friend, the veterinarian’s office should be your next stop. Some shelters spay or neuter animals as part of the adoption process, but if this isn’t the case your vet can perform this procedure during your first visit. They can also install a microchip that could identify your cat if it ever gets lost. Groom your pet often and clean food and water bowels daily. Most importantly, set aside time each day to give your cat the love and attention it needs.
To find an adoptable cat near you, visit www.petfinder.com.