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cats_012.jpgIt’s American Humane’s Adopt-A-Cat Month in June and American Humane has partnered with the CATalyst Council to promote cat adoptions during the busy kitten season and to encourage a lifetime of proper veterinary care for all cats. Here is some information they asked us to share:

 

Every spring and summer, cats reproduce in record numbers, and millions end up in animal shelters. Local shelters are brimming with cats of every breed, age and personality just waiting for a loving home. Whether you prefer young and frisky or mature and mellow, you’re sure to find the perfect cat companion during Adopt-A-Cat Month. Once you bring your new cat home, follow these helpful tips to enjoy a lifetime of health and happiness together.

 

11 Ways to Care for Your Cat

 

1.     Twice Is Nice — Visit your veterinarian twice a year. It’s the best way to keep your cat healthy and diagnose illness early.

2.     Fine Dining –The right diet depends on your cat’s age, activity level and overall health. Ask your veterinarian for tips on finding food that is nutritious, digestible and tasty.

3.     No Tubby Tabbies — Overweight cats can have serious health problems. Lower the risk of obesity by feeding the right food, playing with your cat and providing fun activities your cat can enjoy alone.

4.     Don’t Bug Me — It’s easy to prevent internal and external parasites with year-round protection. Even indoor cats get heartworms and fleas; and roundworms can harm your family along with your cat.

5.     Lost & Found — Indoor cats do get out and get lost. Microchips and breakaway collars with ID tags must be standard operating equipment (remember to register your cat with the microchip provider).

6.     A Little Help From a Friend — If your cat is in need of expensive health care, pet insurance will help you pay for treatment that might otherwise be beyond your means.

7.     Cleanliness Counts — Use large litter boxes that are about “tip of the nose to tip of the tail” in length. Provide one more box than the number of cats in your house, and scoop them at least once daily.

8.     Play for Prey — Play is great exercise that satisfies a cat’s normal desire to chase, pounce and catch. You can even train your cat to do tricks for treats!

9.     Scratching the Surface — All cats have a natural need to scratch. Satisfy it by teaching your cat to use a scratching post.

10.  Be on the Ball — Cats are consistent. If your cat suddenly acts out of character, something might be wrong. Contact your veterinarian.

11.  The More, the Merrier — Cats are social animals and may benefit from one or two cat companions.

 

Learn more about cat adoption, care and behavior at www.americanhumane.org/aacm. For additional resources and more information on the CATalyst Council, visit www.catalystcouncil.org.

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