Adopting a Cat from a Shelter Means Saving A Life

The phrase “Who rescued who?” couldn’t ring more true than for loving cat owners who adopted their feline friends from rescue organizations and shelters. Each year, an estimated four million cats enter shelters, and, unfortunately, approximately one to two million are euthanized. Choosing to adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue organization means saving a cat’s life. Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association broadcast this message in June through their respective events “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” and “Adopt-a-Cat Month.”

The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) recognizes this month by encouraging potential cat owners to not only adopt a furry friend from a rescue organization or shelter but also to practice responsible cat ownership throughout the pet’s life. Some of the basic tenets of responsible cat ownership include:

•Regular exams with your veterinarian addressing issues including dental health, skin allergies and health issues that arise with age

•Keeping your cat up-to-date with vaccinations, including rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia (FVRCP) and feline leukemia

•Maintaining a healthy weight for your cat by feeding a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into its lifestyle

•Reducing financial stress by putting pet health care in your family’s budget

•Making sure your cat has proper identification, whether it’s by microchip or a collar with your contact information (ideally both)

•Ensuring your cat is kept safe from the elements, making sure it is protected during times of extreme cold or heat and always keeping it properly hydrated

•Establishing natural disaster preparation plans in the event of emergencies, including creating an evacuation kit

•Having spay or neuter…

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