June is National Adopt-a-Cat Month

The American Humane Association has been promoting June as Adopt-A-Cat Month since 1975 to encourage people to adopt cats from shelters. American Humane chose June since “kitten season” reaches its peak during that month. Most kittens are born in the spring and early summer, and animal shelters are accordingly swamped with kittens during those months.

According to American Humane, about four million cats and kittens end up in animal shelters every year. Cats in shelters are more likely to be euthanized than dogs. A cat adopted from a reputable shelter is a bargain in some respects, for it will have already received a lot of the necessary vet care. A good shelter will spay or neuter cats before adopting them out. It will also microchip the cats and administer the appropriate vaccines.

Despite the stereotype of cats being solitary animals, they actually do better with a feline companion. American Humane recommends adopting two cats, so they can keep each other company and play with one another.

A cat that is safely kept indoors has an average life expectancy of 10 to 14 years – and some cats can live upwards of 20 years. Owning a cat is, therefore, a serious responsibility. The owner will have to prepare by checking their house for potential hazards like cords the cat may chew on. They will also need to stock up on supplies like the following:

• Cat food
• Cat litter and litter pan
• Scratching post
• Brush and comb – especially if the cat is a longhair

Newly adopted cats should be taken to the veterinarian for a check-up during their first week home. Paw Prints Ltd, a Tulsa Veterinary Hospital, stands ready to help people with their new cats. It provides such services as vaccinations, surgery, and various exams and diagnostics. Paw Prints Ltd also offers grooming services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The Tulsa Veterinary Hospital groomer provides services like brushing, bathing, nail trims, and haircuts.

See our Paw Prints Ltd coupons page for different services – including a 50 percent discount for newly adopted pet exams. Must provide adoption papers from the shelter.

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