We celebrate all the wonderful things cats have to offer us.
Adopting a cat from a shelter rather than a breeder can save its life, and bring joy into yours!
- Cats are cuddly. Who doesn’t love curling up with a fluffy cat and a good book? Cats are companions who love to be petted and to reciprocate with an infectious purr. Their fur is soft and their antics are amusing – what’s not to love about cats? Shelter cats are often extra affectionate and eager to prove their loyalty to a new owner.
- They are low maintenance. For those who can’t attend to the demands of a dog but yearn for animal companionship, a cat is perfect. Cats don’t require bathroom breaks every few hours – there are even self-cleaning litter boxes for the really hands-off. Most breeds also have minimal grooming needs, as they clean themselves!
- Cats are quiet. Prospective pet owners that like their peace and quiet prefer gently meowing cats to loudly barking dogs. Not to say that cats are better than dogs – they just can offer different things to suit different personalities. Cats are content to curl up on a chair, rather than chase a ball around the yard. If you prefer quiet to the loud, a cat is definitely the pet for you.
- Cats can reduce stress. Petting a cat is a pleasurable experience, which triggers the release of serotonin, a “happy-making” chemical, in your brain. Looking to cut some stress out of your life? Adopt a cat!
- You can save a life. Out of the hundreds of cats that are sent to shelters every year, many are put down because they cannot find a home. Finding a place in your heart and home for a cat can save it from death and make a difference in the world.
If you are considering getting a cat, some may want to go to a breeder to select a specific type of cat, rather than an animal shelter.
However, shelter cats have many benefits over those from breeders:
- They are already neutered or spayed, immunized, and assessed for health risks, saving you veterinary costs.
- Cats from a shelter are also litter box-trained and more socialized, preventing potential training issues.
- Cat breeders or pet shops may also not have the best conditions, and are more interested in making a sale than providing for the welfare of the animal.
Come this New Year, add another member to your family by adopting a shelter cat! Save a life, and bring a source of joy into yours
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