Adopt a Cat Month
June is Adopt a Cat Month
At a time when people are feeling isolated, and yes, lonely, adopting a cat can fill the need for companionship. While many of us are spending more time at home, and working from home, we are more likely to have the required time to devote to a newly adopted cat or kitten.
However, as tempting as a new companion is, and the benefits of adopting a cat are, we must consider if will we be able to provide, and continue to provide, a cat or kitten with the time and attention they require.
Dr Allan Corber of Royal Canin Canada discusses what to consider when adopting a cat, what cat ownership entails, and how to ensure a positive and successful outcome for you and your new cat.
Points to Consider When Adopting a Cat or Kitten
Time: Does your time allow, and will it continue to allow, the attention a cat will require.
Cat-Proofing Our Home: Cat proofing our home is important to the safety and wellbeing of our cat. Be sure to remove any toxic plants, and keep household cleaners out of places cats can easily get into. Be aware of everyday items such as elastics, yarn, string, even dental floss, items that are tempting for cats to play with, but can also be easily digested.
Environmental Enhancement: Cats need enrichment. Provide your cat or kitten with items such as cat climbers, scratchers, interactive feeders and toys, helping to keep them active and enriched.
Another Pet: Will you be introducing your cat to an existing pet in the home? Be sure to take the time to gradually introduce the pets to each other.
Quiet Room: Setting up a quiet and cat-proof room in your home can help ease with the transition, and comfortably help your cat acclimatize to its new environment.
Cat Supplies: While there is an endless supply of cat products, your cat or kitten will require the basics: Food, litter box, food and water dishes, a carrier, interactive cat toys, a scratch tree and grooming supplies.
Veterinarian: Be sure to have a veterinarian in place before your cat arrives. Your cat will require a vet for wellness checkups and any unexpected health issues.
With these helpful tips, you and your newly adopted cat or kitten, can share as many joyful years together as we have with our adopted cat Lloyd.