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Adopting a Shelter Cat

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. This is one cause we are happy to support! Adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment, so, before proceeding, make sure that you are dedicated to caring for new pet for her entire life. However, if all the lights are green, please consider finding Fluffy in a shelter. A Fayetteville, NC vet discusses adopting shelter cats below.

Benefits of Adopting From Shelters

There are many reasons to consider adopting from a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be saving a life, and giving that lucky cat a new lease on life and a second chance at happiness. You’ll also be promoting good animal welfare, by freeing up space at the shelter and supporting them financially, so they can help other homeless pets. You may also save some money, as shelter pets are typically much cheaper than going through a breeder. Plus, Fluffy will likely already be spayed or neutered, and current on her vaccinations and parasite control.

Getting Ready

Before the big day, you’ll need to make a trip to the store, and get everything your new arrival will need. Your shopping list should include bedding, toys, treats, dishes, food, grooming supplies, a carrier, and, of course, a litterbox and litter. If you are getting a kitten, avoid clay and clumping litters for now: they aren’t safe for baby cats. Fluffy will also appreciate some cat furniture, like a kitty tower or a pet tent. If you want to save money, go the DIY route and make your furball’s things instead. We recommend putting these things in a quiet back room, especially if you have other pets.

Letting Your Kitty Settle In

Going to a new home is a huge change for a kitty. Fluffy may need some time to adjust and settle in. Then again, she may immediately make herself at home. You just never know with cats. Either way, don’t force attention on your pet. Offer toys and treats to gain her trust, and spend time talking to and playing with her every day. A trip to the vet’s is also in order. While you’re there, get some specific feedback on your feline friend’s diet and care needs and, if applicable, tips on introducing her to your other pets.

Please contact us, your Fayetteville, NC pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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