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COLUMN: Celebrate ‘Adopt a Cat Month’ with a kitten or maybe two

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By Sandy Kiser

The Anderson Humane Society is celebrating Adopt a Cat Month with the American Humane Association and all animal organizations across the United States.

The purpose of this special month is to locate more homes for shelter cats. This is the perfect time to promote cat adoptions since the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of cats to the nation’s shelters.

As an added incentive, we’ll be having an “Adopt A Kitty, Get A Buddy Free” event throughout June. When you adopt one kitty, you can take home another kitty for yourself or a friend at no extra cost.

When cats are not neutered or spayed, they reproduce easily, and spring and summer are the seasons when cats are most active, resulting in more kittens showing up at our doors.

We encourage people to visit and meet all the great cats we have here. They are all looking for loving and permanent homes. Following is some insight to help you choose the best feline companion for your life style.

Age

While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children. Mature cats respond better to the clumsy handling of inquisitive toddlers.

Number

It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species. Young kittens need to engage in vigorous play for several hours a day, and another pet can help get the job done efficiently and on their schedule.

Personality

Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until he or she has been in his new home for a while. You are encouraged to visit the cat you are interested in and play with him or her for a while at the shelter.

Nutrition and health

Good nutrition and yearly vet visits will maintain healthy and happy cats.

Keeping your cats indoors will prevent them from getting stolen and into accidents or fights with other cats. Check your cat for fleas and make sure the litter box is clean and odor-free. Set aside time every day to play with your cat — it is beneficial for you both.

Tags: Animal shelters take in millions of lost cats each year that are not wearing any identification. Make sure to include your name, address and phone number on the tag. Even indoor cats can slip outside, so make sure they wear identification tags at all times.

Microchips are another excellent way of identifying your pet. These tiny chips are permanently implanted under your cat’s skin and therefore can never come off or get lost.

Please visit our website at www.andersonhumane.org to see all of our adoptable pets, or visit the adoption center located at 1410 Versailles Road, adjacent to the county animal shelter.

Sandy Kiser is a volunteer with the Anderson Humane Society.