It’s Adopt A Shelter Cat Month!
If you have been thinking about adding a kitty to your family, there is no better time than the present. Cats and kittens are flooding into rescues and shelters! These cats are looking for loving forever homes. Shelters and rescues have any age, size, breed,or color of cat that you could possibly wish for. Purebreds end up in rescues too!
Cats that end up in shelters or rescues are not damaged goods. There are a lot of things that land a cat in a shelter or rescue. Most of the time they end up there because of human problems. Humans often don’t take the time necessary to learn about the pets they want to adopt before they adopt them. As a result, they don’t do the things that are necessary to keep cats healthy and happy. For instance, cats need to have a clean, well-positioned litter box if you expect them to use it. When this is not available, they go potty elsewhere. Sometimes these things must be adjusted from what the human thinks is perfect to what the cat thinks is perfect. I moved some things and now I have a litter box right inside my front door. It isn’t what I want, but it keeps my cats healthy and happy. Sometimes people just aren’t willing to do the work. When things do work out the way they want them to (and easily I might add) they just give up.
Another big reason cats are found in shelters and rescues is because they were stray or born of a feral mother. Sometimes these cats become homeless because people “dump” them or leave them behind when they move. Other times it is the result of the largely unspayed/unneutered feral population that is now beginning to receive the help that it needs to be sustainable.
Why adopt a cat? The biggest and best reasons are: A) to save a cat from being euthanized just for being homeless and B) because cats make great companions that can greatly enrich your life. I have heard dozens of stories about people who were skeptical about getting a cat, but fell in love immediately after adding one to their family. For more reasons, please read my post 5 Reasons You Should Adopt a Shelter Cat . There is a contest sponsored by the ASPCA that could help your favorite rescue listed there!
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- Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
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- The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.
What advice would you give a person who has never had a cat about owning a cat?