Adopt a Cat Month: The Joys of Giving a Cat a Forever Home

May 31, 2024Blog Posting

A cat lying on its back on a blanket, Adopt a Cat Month: The Joys of Giving a Cat a Forever Home

Whether you’re a long-time pet owner or considering your very first cat, adoption can bring great joy and numerous benefits to your life. In this blog, we hope you find inspiration and practical tips on preparing your home for a new feline friend. Join us in recognizing June as Adopt a Cat month and transforming the lives of cats in need of loving homes.

The Benefits of Having a Feline Companion

Research has shown that owning a cat can benefit your mental and physical well-being. Cats are known to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. The simple act of stroking a cat can release endorphins and decrease the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. Having a cat in your home can create a calming environment and provide a sense of relaxation.

Furthermore, cats are excellent companions, especially for individuals living alone or needing emotional support. Cats are known to be highly intuitive and can sense when their owners are feeling down or anxious. Their soothing presence can provide comfort during difficult times.

Cats are naturally clean animals known for their grooming habits. If they are not litterbox trained, it is fairly easy to teach them, making them ideal pets for individuals living in apartments or those with busy lifestyles.

June is the Perfect Time to Adopt a Cat

Feeding kitten with tiny milk bottle, tiny cat drinking milk from a bottle.

In 1974, the American Humane Association designated June as Adopt a Cat Month. We often refer to spring and early summer as “kitten season” because many cats give birth. Shelters and rescue organizations become flooded with kittens during this time. By adopting in June, you are helping to alleviate the strain on these overcrowded facilities

Meet Max – Our Recent Rescued Kitty

A cat lying on a rug

Max was brought to us by the Endless Pawsibilities Rescue group. He was found lying on a dirt road, barely alive, suffering from an unregulated thyroid condition. After receiving lifesaving care from our clinic, Max is now thriving on his daily thyroid medication. He will soon be in his forever home. A kind woman will be bringing Max to his new home once she finishes dog-sitting. In the meantime, Max has made himself at home at our clinic.

How to Prepare for Adopting a Cat

Before bringing a cat into your home, it’s important to ensure you are fully prepared. Here are some essential steps to take to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your new furry friend:

  1. Create a Safe Space: Set up a designated area in your home where your cat can feel safe and secure. Use a spare room or a quiet corner of your house. Please provide them with a comfortable bed, food and water bowls, a litter box, a scratching post, and toys.
  2. Stock Up on Supplies Before bringing your cat home, ensure you have all the necessary supplies. This includes litter, a litter box, food and water bowls, high-quality cat food, toys, scratching posts, and a carrier for trips to the vet.
  3. Cat-Proof Your Home: Cats are curious creatures and can get into mischief if given the opportunity. Take the time to cat-proof your home by securing loose wires, blocking access to hazardous areas, and removing toxic plants or substances. See our blog, Pet Poisons in and around Your Home.Even if you are familiar with common pet poisons, reviewing the lists is a good idea.
  4. Schedule a Vet Visit: Once you bring your new cat home, schedule a visit to Aspen Veterinary Clinic. We can thoroughly examine your cat, update vaccinations if necessary, and provide you with important information on its health and care.
  5. Introduce Gradually: If you have other pets in your home, gradually introducing them to your new cat is essential. Being patient with slow introductions reduces potential conflicts and gives your new cat time to adjust to their new surroundings.

By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth transition for you and your new feline companion.

Here are some links for more information on bringing a new cat home:

Introducing Your Cat to a New Cat

How to Introduce Cats

Everything you need to know before you adopt a cat!

How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat

Finding the Right Cat for Your Family

When adopting a cat, finding the right fit for your family and lifestyle is essential. Cats have different personalities and energy levels, so taking the time to understand their needs and preferences is crucial. Here are a few factors to consider when looking for the perfect cat:

  1. Age: Kittens are adorable, but they require a lot of time and attention. An adult or senior cat may be better if you have a busy schedule or prefer a more independent cat. Older cats are often overlooked in shelters but can make excellent companions.
  2. Compatibility: If you have other pets or children, finding a cat that will get along with them is essential. Some cats tolerate other animals and children, while others prefer a more solitary lifestyle.
  3. Health: Consider any potential health issues that a cat may have. Some cats require special diets or medications, so ensure you have what they need to provide the necessary care.
  4. Bonded Cats:Adopting a bonded pair of cats is beneficial as it ensures they have constant companionship, reducing loneliness and stress during transitions to a new home. Their pre-existing bond simplifies the introduction process and enhances their emotional well-being, leading to better socialization and fewer behavioral issues. Additionally, you save two lives, providing a harmonious and fulfilling environment for the cats and yourself.

Considering these factors, you can find a cat or cats that will fit seamlessly into your family and bring you joy for years to come.

The Adoption Process Explained

The adoption process may vary depending on the shelter or rescue organization you choose. However, here is a general overview of what to expect during the adoption process:

  1. Research and Visit Shelters: Check your area’s local shelters and rescue organizations. There are also organizations that connect to shelters for adoptions to help save lives. connects to various rescues. They have detailed search options to help you find the cat you are looking for. Here are some of the search options you can select:

  • Breed
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Good with cats, or dogs, or children
  • Behavior
  1. Application and Interview: Most shelters require potential adopters to complete an adoption application. The application helps the shelter staff understand your lifestyle, experience with pets, and what you’re looking for in a cat. Some shelters may also conduct an interview or home visit to ensure the cat goes to a safe and loving environment.
  1. Meeting the Cats: Once your application is approved, you can meet the available cats for adoption. Spend time with each cat to see if you connect with it. Ask the shelter staff about the cat’s personality, history, and care requirements.
  1. Adoption Fee and Paperwork: When you adopt a cat, you will typically pay an adoption fee. This fee helps cover the shelter’s costs of caring for the cat. You must also complete adoption paperwork.
  1. Bringing Your Cat Home: You can bring your new cat home once all the paperwork is complete! Follow the shelter’s guidelines for transitioning your cat to its new environment.

The adoption process may take some time, but finding your perfect feline companion is worth the reward.

Conclusion:Embracing Feline Companionship

At Aspen Veterinary Clinic, we understand the excitement and responsibility that come with welcoming a new feline friend into your home. Whether you’re bringing home an elderly cat seeking a peaceful retirement, an adult cat ready to share years of companionship, or a playful kitten full of boundless energy, our clinic is here to support you every step of the way. Our comprehensive services cater to the unique needs of cats at every stage of life, ensuring they receive the highest quality care and attention they deserve. From wellness exams and vaccinations to nutritional guidance and behavior consultations, our experienced team is dedicated to helping new pet parents provide a loving and nurturing environment for their furry companions. Let Aspen Veterinary Clinic be your partner in ensuring a lifetime of health and happiness for your new feline family member.

Your Caring Team

Aspen Veterinary Clinic


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