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Adopting a Shelter Cat Month

June 1 2021

June is shapi ng up to be a purrfect month for some of our feline pals: it’s Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! Every year, over 3 million cats end up in shelters. If you’re ready for a new pet, please consider getting Fluffy from a shelter. A local Carmel Valley vet offers some tips on this below.


R  easons To Go To A Shelter

At the end of the day, we’re happy when any kitty gets adopted into a loving home. However, shelter cats are often in desperate need. Unfortunately, many of these sweet kitties don’t have much time to find homes. There are some great benefits to adopting your feline pal from a shelter. For one thing, this is much cheaper than buying from a breeder. Plus, you’ll be freeing up kennel space and providing funds that keep the shelter solvent. Both of these things will help them care for their other furry wards. Plus, since Fluffy will likely already be fixed, you may save on veterinary care as well.


Finding Fluffy

Choosing the right kitty can be tricky. Spend some time with your new feline friend before deciding. After all, adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment! Consider the rest of your household, including other pets, when making a decision. Also, be sure to keep an open mind. That gruff looking senior cat may turn out to be the best pet you ever had!


Kittyproofing

Our feline pals do have a knack for mischief. Err on the side of caution, and do some kittyproofing before you bring Fluffy home. This means removing or addressing potential hazards, such as toxic plants, small or sharp objects, and plastic bags or ties. Ask your vet for more information.


Settling In

If there’s one thing we know about cats, it’s that they are all unique. Some kitties will immediately curl up in your lap and make themselves at home. Others will need time to settle in. Let Fluffy adjust at her own pace. Setting out things like comfy beds, scratching posts, and toys will help her feel safe and pampered. Be patient and kind. Focus on offering great TLC, and perhaps some treats and catnip. You’ll have that motor going before you know it!


Please contact us if there is ever anything we can do for you. As your local Carmel Valley veterinary clinic, we are here to help!

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