Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month!

From the AVMA website:

Benefits of Cat Ownership - Each year around this time, thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. To help address this booming population of cats in need of a home, the American Humane Association—along with partner organizations such as the AVMA, CATalyst Council and Petfinder—are observing Adopt-A-Cat Month in June. These groups hope to promote the benefits of having a cat (or cats) in the house and encourage responsible adoption and ownership to mitigate the problem of overpopulation.

Here's a very informative podcast with Dr. Jane Brunt of the CATalyst Council.

And here's an article from the CATalyst Council about Adopt-A-Cat Month and a ten point adoption checklist.

Of course, nobody needs to sell ME on the pleasures of cat ownership - I have had one or more of these furballs in my life continually since 1980, and enjoyed them from afar for many years before that. And in these difficult economic times, it's important to note that cat ownership is generally a less costly commitment than dog ownership.

So if you don't yet have a cat, please do consider getting one, or better yet, two (they do best with a buddy). If you already have one or two, there's room for more, and cats needing homes abound! When you do, be sure to make an appointment within a week or so for an initial veterinary exam to get off to a healthy start.