Adopt-A-Cat Month

June is the time, folks, to adopt a cat, according to American Humane, as more than 4 million cats end up in shelters each year.

Lounging in a sink, a cat looks for attention.

Lounging in a sink, a cat looks for attention.

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Each year, thousands of kittens are born during the spring and summer, and many end up in animal shelters, waiting for loving homes. To promote adoptions of these playful, affectionate animals, American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month® in June. Visit the fabulous felines at your local animal shelter, and take home your new best friend.

Adopting a cat will enrich your world in so many different ways. For instance:

● Cats keep you entertained with their playful antics.

● Cats are affectionate and love to cuddle.

● Having a cat can reduce your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.

● Cats are clean – they bathe themselves.

● Cats are independent and can be left alone while you’re at work.

● Cats don’t need to be housebroken – using a litter box comes naturally.

● Cats don’t need a lot of space. They are perfect pets for apartments and smaller homes.

● Taking care of a cat can help teach a child responsibility and humane values.

● Cats get plenty of exercise living indoors. Just 15 minutes of playtime each day will satisfy a cat.

Approximately 4 million homeless cats end up in animal shelters every year in the United States. By adopting, you’ll be saving a life.

And remember these important cat care steps once you’ve adopted your new feline friend:

● Spay/neuter: If the animal shelter you adopt from does not spay or neuter their adopted animals, take your cat to a veterinarian for this simple procedure. Your cat will actually be happier and healthier for it, and you won’t have to worry later about finding homes for a litter of kittens.

● ID Tags and Microchips: Your cat can’t carry a wallet, so she needs a collar with an ID tag. Be sure to include your cat’s name and your name, address and phone number on the tag. Even indoor cats can slip outside, so make sure she’s wearing a tag at all times. Microchips are another excellent way of identifying your pet. These tiny chips are permanently implanted under your cat’s skin and therefore can never come off or get lost.

For more information, visit the American Humane’s website.