One of the cheeriest songs in the 1945 musical extravaganza “Carousel” written by Rogers and Hammerstein is the hit tune, “June is Busting out All Over”.
Although this creative, dynamic duo’s upbeat and joyful song is about the birds, the bees, the blossoms in bloom and romantic love in the air; the song’s title also aptly applies to that annual phenomenon; the kitten season. During this period of time, there is a huge increase in the population of the millions of unwanted kittens languishing in who are in desperate need of forever, loving homes.
After all, what could be a more appropriate and an enticing way to spread the word about the incredible joy that can be received from being owned by cats, to help increase the number of feline adoptions than to set aside the month of June as “National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month”? It’s a great idea!
As a matter of fact, during the month of June, shelters and many veterinary clinics around the country have already for adoption, a wide variety of adorable fluffy and playful kittens and cats that are sure to win the hearts of anyone who is a passionate about kitties.
The month of June is a purrfect time for folks who already are living with a feline family member to consider adopting another kitty. After all, not only can two cats keep each other company, having two kitties, (in the words of an old Wrigley’s gum commercial) invites you to “double your pleasure, double your fun”. But not only will two cats give you twice the amount of loving, for those of you who are health-minding, just remember that a purring cat sitting in your lap is not only relaxing; it can actually lower your blood pressure.
And for people who have never had the pleasure of sharing their hearts and homes with one of the most seriously loyal and devoted furry companions, this is a great time to visit a local shelter or log onto Petfinder.com to check out all the special kittens and cats that are up for adoption, longing for you to take them home.
However if the thought of two kittens running around the house sounding much like a herd of elephants is a bit unsettling, why not consider adopting an older cat? Your heart is guaranteed to melt when you look into the adoring eyes of a kitty who has been languishing in a shelter, and will be so grateful that you have given her a home.
But, before diving in, it’s a good idea to keep in mind a few suggestions made by the American Humane Society. It’s best to choose a kitty that suits your purrsonality and lifestyle. While not every cat will live up to the typical behavior of a particular breed, researching the various breeds will give you an idea of what to expect. For instance, if you are looking for a quiet kitty, I don’t recommend a Siamese or Oriental Shorthair. See Michael’s Quiet Cats and Noisy Cats.
Prior to adopting your cat, find a veterinarian and schedule a visit a few days following your kitty’s arrival. While it may be a bit costlier, choose a high quality cat food. Stock up on most of the essential supplies, such as litter boxes, litter, litter scooper, ceramic or metal food and water bowls, a couple of rough covered scratching posts, a variety of safe kitty toys. I also recommend adding a few books to your library about feline health and behavior.
If you already have resident cats, make sure to prepare a sanctuary room for your new arrival. Slow and supervised introductions go a long way to help facilitate integration and to prevent serious squabbles. Read about some suggestions on how to “properly” introduce felines. The modern domestic cat is essentially a sociable animal.
Purrhaps there’s a new fabulous feline in your future? Share your thoughts in a comment.
Photo credit: Flickr User Ole Martin Bjørnli Günther (photo framed by Michael as allowed under license).