In our eyes, any time of year is the perfect time to adopt a cat from the shelter – HOWEVER: June holds a special place in our hearts because it is officially Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. June is typically peak “kitten season” which sadly means, more cats end up in shelters this time of year. If you are thinking about adopting a purrfect new family member in June, here are a few tips for adopting a new cat:
1. Think about the cat you want. Are you interested in a kitten, or would an older cat be a better fit for your home? Is it important to have an indoor cat only or is a cat who’s used to the outdoors more your style? Make a list of the things that are most important to you and your family.
2. Schedule a vet visit. It’s always a good idea to bring a new cat to your vet within a week or two of adoption – start off on the right paw!
3. Prepare a “safe” space. When bringing home a new cat or kitten, it’s important to create an enclosed space in your house to slowly let them acclimate to the new setting. Rooms with low traffic like a spare bedroom or bathroom are ideal. Prepare a soft spot for them to rest, a litter box, and food for the new cat beforehand – bring them straight to that room and leave the carrier in there so they have a familiar place to hide if needed. Try to introduce people one at a time and let any existing pets get familiar by smell and under the closed door for several days. Note: It’s normal for your new fur baby to hide, refuse food and water, or not use the litter box. Contact your vet if this persists more than 3 days.
4. Spoil them! Stock up on items to help make the transition happy and welcoming for your new furever friend. A new comfy cat bed, scratching post, and a variety of cat toys can help your new cat come out of their shell and make them feel at home! Our Calming cat chews can also help ease anxiety and provide some extra “chill” while they transition.
Do you have a shelter cat? We would love to see them! Tag us on Instagram @petnaturals and show us your adopted fur babies.