June is Adopt A Cat Month! While it’s always a great time to bring a new kitty into your home, this is actually the purrfect time to adopt a cat. That’s because at this time of year, shelters are overflowing with kittens, and just can’t keep up with the amount of homeless felines coming through their doors. A Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses adopting a cat in this article.

Things To Consider

Adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment, and not something that should be taken lightly. Before you decide to take in a new kitty, consider your household, budget, and, if applicable, your other pets. Our feline pals get very attached to their humans, and often have difficulty with major changes, such as going to a new owner.

Shelter Cats

If you are ready to adopt a cat, please consider getting Fluffy from a shelter. While we love seeing any pet go to a good home, shelter kitties are really desperate to get adopted. There are far too many adorable furballs in shelters, just hoping someone will adopt them and take care of them. Sadly, many of these lovable cats are running out of time. By adopting a shelter cat, you’re saving a life, helping other homeless animals, and promoting good animal welfare.

Shopping

Before the big day, you’ll need to get some kitty supplies. Fluffy will need toys, treats, bedding, a litterbox, dishes, grooming supplies, and a carrier. We also recommend getting a few pieces of pet furniture, such as a cat tower. As for food, if you know what your furball has been eating, get that same brand at first. Make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Catproofing

Make your home safe for Fluffy by removing or securing anything that could be dangerous. This list includes toxic plants; wires and cords; chemicals; medicine; plastic bags and ties; and anything small or sharp.

Settling In

Every cat is different. Some kitties will immediately make themselves at home, while others need time to settle in. Give Fluffy the space she needs to adjust and feel safe. Talk to her, pet her, play with her, and offer toys and treats, but don’t force attention on her. You’ll have that little motor going in no time!

Please contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!