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International Cat Day is on Sunday, August 8th, and cats and kittens across the country are waving their adorable little paws from their shelters and foster homes in the hope that they will be noticed and adopted or welcomed to a foster home.
The Best Friends Animal Society said in a press release that they would like to take this opportunity to point out that there are a variety of reasons why now is the ideal time to adopt or care for a cat or kitten.
According to a recent survey by Best Friends, 59% of people interested in adoption delay the process, mostly due to lifestyle changes like returning to the office, vacation or starting a new job.
They say that impending life changes should not deprive you of comforting cat company.
The need is now, and adopting or caring for cats and kittens promises to be mutually beneficial, according to Best Friends Animal Society.
According to Best Friends Animal Society:
Why a cat Why now? Cats are simple, easy-care pets and tend to be fun, playful, and affectionate. Now is a fantastic time to adopt because pets are just good for us. Numerous studies have shown that the presence of pets is beneficial for our physical and mental health. Animal companionship has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and relieve anxiety, and help people feel calmer and more secure no matter what is going on in the outside world.
Not sure whether to work from home or go back to the office? Cats don’t care! Cats sleep well for most of the day (and night) whether you are at home or not. Leave them with interactive enrichment toys and food puzzles while you are away, and give them love and playtime when you are at home and they will be happy kitties. Many people have full-time jobs and provide loving homes for foster or adoptive animals. And if you are concerned about a lonely kitten when you are not home, consider adopting two cats or kittens so they always have a feline friend to keep them company.
Do you have a vacation in your calendar? Cats are easier to leave at home when planning a road trip or flight. For short trips, have a neighbor come by to check the food and water and to clean the litter box. For longer trips, there are plenty of reputable pet sitting apps that you can combine with a cat sitter. If you might miss your cat’s adorable antics when you’re away, set up a nanny camera so you can keep an eye on things and fix your furry face.
Adoption is on the decline, so it’s time to step up! According to recent data from 24PetWatch from nearly 1,200 animal shelters, adoptions have declined 3.7% overall this year, and in June adoption increased 5.9% compared to 2020. More animals coming in and fewer going out creates stress for shelters.
It’s kitten season! As the name suggests, kitten season is the time of year when unpaid female cats get most of their kittens and shelters are inundated with homeless and orphaned kittens in need of help. Usually May through November, this is the time when people can help by having a cat or kitten (or a couple!) And their own cats neutered or neutered to prevent more kittens from being born .
But the animal shelters are also overcrowded with adult cats. It’s difficult for adult cats to be noticed by potential adoptive parents when they’re competing with so many cute, blurry kitten faces. Enjoy the benefits of adopting an adult cat – while bypassing the crazy, naughty kitten behavior. You can choose a cat whose personality is already established and you will know exactly what you are getting. Most kittens are cute and playful, but some have different dispositions as they grow up.
Cats need our help, and adoption and care makes a difference. Unfortunately the dates of the best friends [bestfriends.org] show that for every dog, two cats are killed in shelters, although dog intake is slightly higher. adoption [bestfriends.org] or promote [bestfriends.org] from a shelter or rescue group literally saves lives.
Not ready to adopt? You can try pet parenting by caring for a cat or kitten – or some of them! When things return to normal, it is crucial that communities stay involved and individuals understand the overwhelming need to adopt and nurture them.
Not ready to adopt or foster? You can save lives by helping community cats. Community free-roaming cats outdoors [bestfriends.org] make up the majority of cats killed in animal shelters. Communities that support and adopt Return To Field (RTF) programs where community cats enter the shelter, are spayed / neutered, vaccinated, and returned to the original location where they were found, and volunteer Trap Neuter Returns (TNR) programs, have seen a significant decrease in the number of cats admitted to shelters and a significant decrease in deaths in shelters. Both are humane and effective alternatives to catching and killing, which for decades have proven ineffective.
About Best Friends Animal Society:
Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization committed to ending the killing of dogs and cats in American animal shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends pioneered the no-kill movement and helped reduce the number of animals killed in the U.S. from an estimated 17 million per year to around 347,000 shelters. Best Friends runs life-saving programs across the country and operates the largest non-animal sanctuary in the country. Working with a network of more than 3,300 animal welfare and shelter partners and community members across the country, Best Friends is working on Save Them All®.
More information can be found at bestfriends.org.
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