Every spring at Humane Society Naples and shelters all across the country, thousands of pregnant cats and newborn kittens fill the cages and kennels. As the weather warms up, a feline frenzy begins, which is why spring is called “kitten season” in the animal rescue community. So this month, celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month by adding a new feline friend to your family!
Cats make fabulous companions. After all, there is a reason they are the most popular type of pet in the world, outnumbering dogs by nearly 3 to 1. Whether it’s a spunky young kitten or a cuddly and docile adult cat, chances are your local pet shelter or animal control facility has a wonderful cat – or two – for you. You can view our adoptable cats here.
Before you head out and sign the adoption papers, the American Humane Association (AHA), encourages you to keep a few things in mind. Make sure everyone in your household is ready to welcome a new four-legged family member and that includes discussing how to make your cat as comfortable as possible during the transition period and cat-proofing your home. Prepare ahead of time by contacting a veterinarian, purchasing the necessary cat or kitten supplies and making a budget for both the short-term and long-term costs of adding a cat to your family. You can work with our knowledgeable Care Team to help pick a cat that matches your personality and lifestyle. And finally, remember that all cats require attention, affection, mental stimulation and plenty of exercise to be happy, healthy pets. The AHA advises that in some circumstances, it might be best to adopt two cats together to keep each other company. It’s best to consult with our Care Team when making the decision to add two feline friends to your family.
If you aren’t in the market to adopt a cat or kitten right meow, there are still plenty of ways for you to help this Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about the many orphaned cats at HSN awaiting furever homes and encourage them to get involved. Take to social media and spread the word about adoptable cats and kittens at our no-kill shelter. View our wish list to see most needed supplies or make a donation to help us care for the new kittens coming in.
Finally, help control cat overpopulation by spaying or neutering your pet(s)!
Read the commentary on kitten season from our Executive Director, Sarah Baeckler Davis, here.