Dogs may be known as “man’s best friend”; but cats win the popularity contest. Many families own a feline friend. Cats are the most popular companion animal in the United States, outnumbering dogs by some 15 million!
June is National Adopt-a-Cat Month to help increase awareness of the wonderful feline friends ready for adoption. The annual Adopt-a-Cat observance not only helps to save cats, but also can improve the lives of new cat owners.
Cats provide multiple benefits for human companions too. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves. Plus feline fun and cat play add up to an incredible capacity to entertain and engage all ages of the family.
Every spring during “litter season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. The Animal Protective Association of Missouri and many other facilities have wonderful cute, cuddly kittens, in addition to all the mellow, older cats ready for adoption.
Many prospective cat adopters consider taking home two feline friends. Cats are great for both apartments and homes. Cats and kittens are also very trainable.
Taking a little time and visiting with cats at your local shelter can help you find a feline whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. Many shelter adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.