There are thousands of great reasons to adopt a shelter cat, not just kittens but adult cats too! Cats make for happy homes. Imagine coming home from a long day to the purring of your new cat. The best part is that you've helped two animals when you adopt: your new cat, and a cat that needs a place to stay while they wait for their forever home. While there are many reasons to adopt a shelter cat, we’re focusing on the top 5:
The biggest reason to adopt a shelter cat is that you could save not just one life, but two! Adopting a cat from a shelter means you are helping to save the life of that cat. Less than half of the shelters in the U.S. are no-kill shelters. Shelters often euthanize animals if they are not adopted within a certain amount of time or if they do not have enough resources to care for all their animals, so by adopting and giving an animal a home, you are also opening space in the shelter so that another animal can be rescued as well. Even adopting a cat from a no-kill shelter means providing them with a new, loving home. If you do not have the resources to adopt now, consider volunteering at your local shelter, donating supplies or even fostering a pet until it finds its forever home.
Overcrowding of animals in shelters is a huge problem and many cats can become ill because of it. Shelters typically have a limited amount of space and, to keep the population under control, some shelters end up euthanizing healthy animals. By adopting from a shelter, you are providing adequate space and time for a new cat that is surrendered or brought into the shelter to find their own loving home.
While you can find purebred cats in shelters (we encourage you to adopt them, too!), many of them will be mixed breeds. While many breeders try to be mindful and responsible of their cat's health, mixed breed cats tend to have fewer health problems overall. In addition, shelter cats have health screenings before and after adoption and are monitored while they are under the shelter's care.
Many shelters will spay and neuter cats before putting them up for adoption, which is especially nice if you are looking to adopt a kitten or young cat. Shelters may also microchip the cats they adopt out so that in case they are lost or stolen, they can be easily identified and returned to their home. Most shelters will also vaccinate their cats against certain diseases like rabies and FPV. They may even test your future pet for feline leukemia. Vaccines and surgeries to the vet can add up quickly for pet owners, so having the shelters take some of the financial burden off you makes adopting more affordable.
If you were to go to a private breeder, prices for kittens can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands per kitten, depending on breed and pedigree. When you add up all these small costs (and don't forget about needing those vaccines!), adopting from a shelter is by far more affordable than buying from a breeder.
Research has shown that having a cat can help you or someone you love who may be struggling with mental health issues. Multiple studies have concluded that owning a cat is associated with lower stress and improved mood as well as enhanced physical health
The unconditional love of your feline friend makes you feel better aboutyourself and lowers your anxiety levels, while the simple act of petting it or even just being in the same room as them helps reduce stress. Talking to your cat is also known to improve your mood and give you a sense of purpose. It’s really no wonder why cats can make such good therapy animals!
You can find a pet through your local animal shelter or check out petfinder.com for adoptable animals in your area.
Don’t forget to prepare for your new adopted kitty by providing them with the proper food, toys, and comfortable kitty hideaways to feel safe in while they adjust to their new home.
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