Set the stage for a life filled with love and companionship by adopting a shelter cat during American Humane’s Adopt-A-Cat Month in June. This year, American Humane has partnered with the CATalyst Council to promote cat adoptions during the busy kitten season and to encourage a lifetime of proper veterinary care for all cats.
Every spring and summer, cats reproduce in record numbers, and millions end up in animal shelters. Local shelters are brimming with cats of every breed, age and personality just waiting for a loving home. Whether you prefer young and frisky or mature and mellow, you’re sure to find the perfect cat companion during Adopt-A-Cat Month. Once you bring your new cat home, follow these helpful tips to enjoy a lifetime of health and happiness together.
11 Ways to Care for Your Cat
- Twice Is Nice -- Visit your veterinarian twice a year. It’s the best way to keep your cat healthy and diagnose illness early.
- Fine Dining --The right diet depends on your cat’s age, activity level and overall health. Ask your veterinarian for tips on finding food that is nutritious, digestible and tasty.
- No Tubby Tabbies -- Overweight cats can have serious health problems. Lower the risk of obesity by feeding the right food, playing with your cat and providing fun activities your cat can enjoy alone.
- Don’t Bug Me -- It’s easy to prevent internal and external parasites with year-round protection. Even indoor cats get heartworms and fleas; and roundworms can harm your family along with your cat.
- Lost & Found -- Indoor cats do get out and get lost. Microchips and breakaway collars with ID tags must be standard operating equipment (remember to register your cat with the microchip provider).
- A Little Help From a Friend -- If your cat is in need of expensive health care, pet insurance will help you pay for treatment that might otherwise be beyond your means.
- Cleanliness Counts -- Use large litter boxes that are about “tip of the nose to tip of the tail” in length. Provide one more box than the number of cats in your house, and scoop them at least once daily.
- Play for Prey -- Play is great exercise that satisfies a cat’s normal desire to chase, pounce and catch. You can even train your cat to do tricks for treats!
- Scratching the Surface -- All cats have a natural need to scratch. Satisfy it by teaching your cat to use a scratching post.
- Be on the Ball -- Cats are consistent. If your cat suddenly acts out of character, something might be wrong. Contact your veterinarian.
- The More, the Merrier -- Cats are social animals and may benefit from one or two cat companions.
Learn more about cat adoption, care and behavior at www.americanhumane.org/aacm. For additional resources and more information on the CATalyst Council, visit www.catalystcouncil.org.
About CATalyst Council
The CATalyst Council was formed when organizations and corporations dedicated to cat health and welfare became concerned about study results that showed cats are less likely to receive veterinary care than dogs. In addition, nationwide shelter statistics show that most shelter cats are never placed in permanent homes. The Council promotes the value of cats as pets and strives to increase the awareness of cat health and welfare issues and the level of care cats receive through increased adoptions, high-quality veterinary care, preventive medicine, and cat-friendly products. More information about the CATalyst Council is available at http://catalystcouncil.org/.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.