Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Did you know that June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month? Helping cats in shelters is a great cause, and one we wholeheartedly support. If you’re thinking about bringing a new feline friend into your home, please consider going to a shelter to find your pet. An Indianapolis, IN vet discusses adopting shelter cats in this article.

Reasons to Adopt From Shelters

There are many sweet and lovable cats in shelters, hoping someone will rescue them and offer them a loving home. By giving one of these homeless kitties, you’re not only giving your new pet a second chance, you’re also helping other animals. The space Fluffy leaves empty will soon be filled by another kitty awaiting adoption. Plus, your adoption fees will help the shelter provide food, shelter, and medical care to their furry wards. Besides, no matter what kind of cat you want, you’ll likely find her at a rescue or humane society.

Before Adopting

Before you pick Fluffy up, have everything ready and waiting for her. You’ll need to get a litter box; litter; dishes; bedding; toys; treats; brushes; and a carrier. We also recommend getting your feline friend a scratching post, and some furniture of her own. You’ll want to start by putting all these things in one room. Put Fluffy in there at first, so she has a quiet place to adjust and settle in. If you have other pets, ask your vet for advice on making introductions.

Veterinary Care

Most shelters include basic veterinary services, such as spay/neuter surgery and vaccines, as part of their adoption packages. However, you’ll need to contact your vet for an exam, and set appointments for any follow-up care your kitty needs. Fluffy may also need microchipping and parasite control. You’ll also want to ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.

Let Love Grow

Being in a shelter can be very stressful for kitties. It may take Fluffy a little while to get used to her new home, and to start to feel safe. Don’t force attention on your feline friend: offer toys and treats, but let her come to you. We do recommend talking to your cat, and playing with her daily. You may have that little motor going before you know it!

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your Indianapolis, IN animal clinic!

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