Adopting a Shelter Cat

Did you know that June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month? This is one occasion we can wholeheartedly support! There are far too many sweet, lovable kitties in shelters, hoping someone will give them a loving home. Below, a Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses adopting a shelter kitty.

Reasons To Adopt From A Shelter

Adopting from a shelter is a great way to support animal welfare. For one thing, you’ll be giving your new feline friend a second chance at happiness. It’s a great feeling to help an animal in need! The space Fluffy leaves vacant won’t stay empty for long: another homeless pet will soon take her place. The money you pay for adoption fees will also help keep the shelter operating.

Choosing Your Kitty

Shelters are overflowing with cute, lovable cats that need forever homes. While sometimes people only need to take one look at an adorable furry face to know they’ve found their pet, choosing the right kitty isn’t always easy. You’ll be able to spend a bit of time with your new feline friend, to ensure that you’re making the right choice. You may also want to consider adopting an adult or senior cat. These sweet furballs have a lot to offer, and have a much harder time getting adopted than kittens.

Preparation

Before bringing Fluffy home, you’ll need to do a bit of shopping. Your feline pal will need toys; a bed; food; dishes; treats; and, of course, litter and a litterbox. Your kitty will also enjoy having some pet furniture, such as a cat tower or pet tent. You’ll also want to contact your vet. Many shelters include basic veterinary care services, such as vaccines and spay/neuter surgery, in their adoption fees. However, you’ll want to schedule appointments for exams, follow-up care, and any other veterinary care or procedures Fluffy still needs.

Bringing Your Kitty Home

When you bring your kitty home, start her out in a quiet back room with all of her things. This will give your furball a place to relax and settle into her new domain. Don’t force attention on Fluffy: let her come to you when she wants cuddles. With good care and lots of TLC, you’ll have that little motor running in no time!

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health? Call us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, anytime!