If you didn’t already know, June is Adopt A Shelter Cat month. Although we don’t own any cats ourselves (thanks to allergies and asthma!), a particular four legged friend had been on my mind most recently. Just last week my mom said goodbye to her companion of 12 years, Lady. Lady came into our lives by adoption. She was only a few weeks old, found on the side of the road after her mother and littermates had been hit by a car. She was sick and very tiny but with the help of a great vet we nursed her back to health. She never grew as large as she should have, and because of that always looked quite “dainty” when she walked, which is how she earned her name. So in Lady’s honor, I am sharing some tips and information about cat adoption this month, along with a great giveaway from Cat’s Pride to celebrate their new line of litter and their partnership with the Jason Heigl Foundation to end the needless suffering of animals by donating a portion of every Cat’s Pride Fresh and Light Ultimate purchase to the foundation.
Whether you already have an adopted pal, or you’re looking to bring a new friend into your life Cat’s Pride has some great tips for finding the perfect companion. Each year 3.4 million cats are admitted to animals shelters, but less than half of them go on to new homes. When you choose to adopt your new companion a chance at a home they might otherwise never have. Shelters are stretched thin and often rely on donations and volunteers to keep operating, so every cat that goes on to a forever home is a huge win for their efforts.
Don’t know where to begin? A google search can bring up local shelters in your area, or search your zip code through The Shelter Pet Project or Jason Heigl Foundation websites for available cats. Once you’ve found a cat you’re interested in you’ll need to visit in person and see how you get along!
Ready to bring your new friend home? Make sure your home is ready too.
- Hide all toxic cleaning supplies and chemicals and check all of your houseplants to make sure they will not be toxic to cats in ingested.
- Find a vet you like and trust. While many shelter cats will be up to date on their shots and spayed or neutered before coming home, cats – like people – need regular health care to remain healthy.
- Do your homework on food. Find a cat food that’s best for the age and breed of your new friend. With food, consistency and quality are important. Find a high quality food you like and stick with it. Any changes to your cat’s diet should be done gradually as to not upset their stomach. And, of course, don’t forget lots and lots of fresh, clean water.
- Choose your litter. Cats like a clean bathroom, just like we do. Having a dirty litter box will send your kitty looking elsewhere when the time comes. Cat’s Pride Fresh and Light Ultimate Care litter is 50% lighter than other clumping litter brands and is formulated with highly absorbent minerals and no fillers, guaranteeing 10 days of odor control, the strongest clumps and low dust and tracking. Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care offers the ultimate performance at a great value. The product is offered in a 10 pound jug, in both scented and unscented hypoallergenic varieties.
- Set a comfy tone. Give your new cat some space of its own by setting up a small area with a comfy bed and some toys in a quiet area of your home. A new place can be overwhelming for a cat and a quiet area where they can relax undisturbed may help ease any tension.
Once you bring your cat home give him or her time to adjust. Cats are curious and yours will likely want to explore every nook and cranny! In the meantime, enter this great giveaway from Cat’s Pride! One lucky winner will receive:
- a Vera Bradley Camocat Tote in black and white
- a cat dancer toy
- a cat collar
- 1 coupon redeemable for one 10 lbs jug of Cat’s Pride Fresh and Light Litter