The popular annual campaign is part of a larger effort by American Humane Association to help these beautiful animals and focus on and help solve the unique challenges and issues they face. Although cats have often been referred to as America's "Most Popular Pet," they receive less veterinary care, have less research dedicated to their unique health/behavioral issues, are more likely to be feral, and are more likely to be euthanized in shelters than dogs. American Humane Association has been conducting research to identify barriers to adoption and retention, as well as other key welfare issues.
To help people do their part now, here is a "Top 10" checklist if you're thinking of adopting.
TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT
- If you're thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
- Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours.
- Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
- Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before your new pet comes home.
- Budget for the short and long-term cost of a cat.
- Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
- Cat-proof your home.
- Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
- Be sure to include your new pet in your family's emergency plan.
- If you're considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.
For more information on Adopt-a-Cat month, visit www.americanhumane.org/adopt-a-cat-month