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June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. Things to know.

ADOPT-A-CAT MONTH®

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

Jessie Cat (below, with Gina) says:  I wasn’t adopted from a shelter, but from a back yard!! I was a stray. And that’s still considered adoption! I’m definitely a Rescue Cat. So, read the checklist below for adopting a cat and high tail it to the nearest shelter!

Adopt a Cat Month

TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT

Thinking of adopting a cat? First, check out these helpful tips, gathered by American Humane Association.​

1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves – and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile. A great place to start your search is online. Sites like petfinder.com let you search numerous shelters in your area simultaneously to help narrow your search and more quickly find the match that’s right for you and your new feline friend.

2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.

3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment – even before the exam itself – so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.

4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction.

5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.

6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers.

7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow).

8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember – take it slow.

9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.

10. If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. Though well-meaning, the surprise kitty gift doesn’t allow for a “get-to know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry – this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being.

 

Brought to you in June by American Humane Association

Why Do We Love Our Pets So Much?

This is the link to a blog post I wrote over at my Author Site. Yep, in case you didn’t know, I’m a published author of young adult, paranormal thrillers. My page is here:

Gina Marie Long

Since the post totally speaks about our love for pets, I thought I’d give the readers HERE a heads up about it. It’s very heart-warming. Go check it out 🙂 

Jessie says so! After all, the entire post I talk about HER!!

Living In a Single Cat Household – New Page

UPDATE!!

New Page added to Cats The Boss:

What It’s Like Living In A Single Cat Household

Also – brand new header for website – funky and fun and featuring Jessie Cat!

Jessie Cat says: And I am the one being interviewed. Oh yeah! ME!! 20 Questions with MY 20 awesome answers! Full of helpful tips and ideas plus entertaining with my quirky, funny responses. GREAT for NEW cat owners, too! Now go click on that link and enjoy!

More Photos-DaBird and Tower

Jessie Cat here. My human, Gina, just posted six more awesome photos of yours truly!!! ME!

JESSIE’S PHOTO ALBUM

Remember if you want to locate those photos immediately, scroll to the last six…

There are 3 of me sitting on my new tower way up high…I have to admit, I was plopped up there. I’m still getting used to this tower thingy. Sometimes I’ll hop up and sit on the middle platform but I like to be close to Mommy – er, I mean – my human! And, well, she doesn’t exactly sit on that tower so I go pick a chair by her or lie on the couch and snuggle up to her.

And three other photos are of me playing with DaBird – which I truly LOVE!! Every night we play after supper dishes are done. I hear the water shut off and I know that’s my signal to meow LOUDLY many times in a row, being sure to  draw out the MMMMEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW so there’s no way she’ll miss hearing it. That’s important. Since I’m the Boss, my order to play with me and DaBird is quickly taken care of.

Gina says: Yes, the entire neighborhood likely hears you Jessie…We hope the visitors enjoy the photos. And it is fun zipping DaBird around and watching Jessie chase it. Great exercise for her! As far as the tower goes, she uses the scratching posts and we just keep introducing her to the levels/platforms – getting her comfortable with the whole structure (which is so cool!), letting her understand it’s okay to jump up on it.

Added New Jessie Cat Photos

Update! Jessie Cat here. My human just uploaded and added to MY PHOTO ALBUM several new pictures of (who else?!) ME — Jessie Cat! You should be able to scroll/move to the very bottom and see the four newest photos that were just added!

Jessie says: For some reason, Gina keeps catching me sleeping in most of my photos. I don’t understand. There are 24 hours in a day and I’m sure I am quite alert during at least 7 of those 24 hours! What’s the problem? If she had that camera hanging around her neck at all times, and that especially includes at 4:00 in the morning, you could see all kinds of live action shots of ME!

Gina says: Sure, I’ll get right on that. Don’t forget that it’s a tad difficult to take your photo when I’m trying to sleep. Readers: I do really need to get some pictures of Jessie flying around chasing Da Bird toy, though! She’s a superb athlete! Again, little tough to take a picture while I’m waving Da Bird through the air at her! I’ll try…

The new photos consist of:

>Jessie on her brand new tower/condo

>Jessie praying

>Jessie snoozing with teeth showing & tongue hanging out

>Jessie hanging out on her window perch – half asleep – of course!

Click on Photo Album on the Website Menu or click: Photo Album