Did you know that June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month? At this time of year, many shelters are overwhelmed, due to an influx of kittens. If you’re ready to bring a new feline friend into your life, read on. A local Portland, OR vet discusses adopting a shelter kitty below.
One great thing about adopting from a shelter is that you can pick Fluffy from a lineup of adorable, furry faces. Take some time in choosing. Also, don’t overlook the less adoptable pets. That quiet kitty in the corner may be depressed because no one wants her, but could very well be the most loving pet you ever had.
If you don’t currently have other pets, then you can just go with whatever kitty you find the cutest or most drawn to. However, if you have other animal companions, it’s important to consider them as well. While pets can and do cohabitate peacefully, it’s not always easy. For instance, if you have a senior cat, a rambunctious kitten may be too much for her.
You’ll need to pick up some kitty essentials. Fluffy will need dishes, bedding, a carrier, a litterbox, and a scratching post or board. Some cat furniture, such as a cat tower, will also be beneficial. These things are one-time expenses, so choose things you won’t mind looking at. You’ll also need to pick up food, toys, treats, and, of course, some catnip. Keep your feline friend’s size and age in mind. Senior cats need things that are comfortable and easy to navigate, while kittens just want to have fun.
To make your home safe for your feline pal, you’ll need to remove or address things like toxic plants, wires and cords, plastic bags and ties, small or sharp objects, chemicals, and medication. Make sure your doors and windows close securely.
Your kitty will need a few days to settle in. Don’t force attention on her! Win her over by talking to her and offering toys and treats. She’ll approach you when she’s ready. Don’t be surprised if your heart melts the first time Fluffy looks at you with that look of kitty adoration in her eyes. That’s part of the magic of cats!
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