If you've been considering sharing your home with a cat or kitten, there has never been a better time. This month is Adopt-a-Cat Month, a popular annual campaign organized by American Humane Association (AHA). This year's adoption month is extra special, though, as it has been incorporated into the association's centenary celebrations.
AHA CEO and President Dr. Robin Ganzert said: "American Humane Association has rescued thousands of cats in need over the past 100 years. But there are still millions more healthy, adoptable pets in shelters around the country, just waiting for someone to be their hero by rescuing them and bringing them home. American Humane Association's Adopt-a-Cat Month not only encourages people to give loving homes to animals in need, but offers an opportunity to provide a wider focus on the ongoing need these beautiful animals face all year round. Remember, every day – this month and all year long – is Caturday!"
In the meantime, AHA has this advice for anyone thinking of adopting a kitten or cat:
Top 10 checklist for adopting a cat
- If you're considering adopting a cat, think about getting a pair to keep each other company.
- Choose a cat that matches your personality and will suit your lifestyle.
- Look up a veterinarian before the adoption and make an appointment within the first week after you bring your pet home.
- Prepare everyone in your household for the arrival of a new cat.
- Consider the long- and short-term expenses in your budget.
- Make sure you have all the supplies you need before bringing your cat home.
- Cat-proof your home.
- Introduce your cat slowly to other family and friends. Give her time and space to get familiar with them on her own terms.
- Adapt your household's emergency plan to incorporate your cat.
- If the cat is meant to be a gift for someone, the recipient should actively participate in every step of the adoption process.