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Tips for Adopting a Shelter Cat

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. This is a great time to bring a new feline pal into your home! If you’re considering adopting a shelter kitty, you have our support! Here, a Fort Collins, CO veterinarian lists some tips for adopting a shelter cat.

Be Ready To Commit

When you sign those papers, you are committing to caring for your feline buddy for the rest of her life. That’s a big deal! Don’t proceed unless you are ready for that kind of commitment.

Spend Time With Fluffy

It’s important to make sure that you’ve chosen the right kitty for your home and family. Spend some time with Fluffy before finalizing the adoption. Also, try to match your furry friend’s energy level and purrsonality to your household. A timid cat may not be happy in a home with lots of activity and other pets, while a friendly furball may be lonely if she stays home alone frequently.

Ask Questions!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your potential pet. You may be able to find out quite a bit about Fluffy’s background!

Consider Getting Two

Our feline friends may try to act aloof, but they’re actually very loving and cuddly. They also often get lonely by themselves. Consider getting two furballs. You get double the cuteness! However, you don’t necessarily have to pay double cost, as your pets can share many things.

Open Your Heart

Shelters are full of adorable felines. However, don’t overlook the less purrfect kitties, the ones no one wants. They often make the best pets, just because they’re so grateful and happy to be adopted. Give that senior kitty or the furball with one ear a chance!

Prepare To Be Charmed

Cats have many skills, such as napping in odd positions, making paw art on windshields, and, of course, leaving ‘presents’ on our doorsteps. They’re also pretty good at melting hearts! You may be surprised at how quickly Fluffy wins you over.

Pat Yourself On The Back

By adopting a shelter cat, you’re doing a small thing that can make a big difference. You’re promoting good animal welfare, opening up space at the shelter, and, most importantly, giving that one lucky cat a second chance. That’s ‘pawesome!’

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, today!

Fluffy’s Thanksgiving Plans

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Many people are starting to make plans for the autumn holiday. As it turns out, our feline pals may also have a few things on her agenda. Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses Fluffy’s Thanksgiving plans.

Supervise

Kitties like to keep a close eye on their human friends. Your feline friend will no doubt supervise you carefully as you prepare for your guests. She may even follow you around from room to room!

Steal Chairs

If there’s one thing Fluffy can’t resist, it’s a warm, cozy napping spot. If any guests get up from the table, your furball may immediately hop into that recently-vacated seat.

Naps!

Watching people and napping can be very tiring for our furry companions! After observing your guests for a while, your feline buddy will probably start yawning, and curl up for a nap, possibly on someone’s coat.

Find The Allergic Person

Kitties have a rule about people with allergies. If one person in the room is allergic to Fluffy, there’s a good chance that she will gravitate to that specific person.

Socializing … Or Not

If Fluffy is friendly, she may spend some time hopping from lap to lap, or just going around the room collecting forehead rubs and ear scritches. Shy cats, on the other hand, may spend a chunk of their day under the bed.

Beauty Ritual

Kitties certainly aren’t shy about grooming themselves. Don’t be surprised if Fluffy starts cleaning her bottom in the middle of a room full of guests!

Dinner

Fluffy can definitely have a special treat. Just be careful with what you offer her. Plain, cooked meat, chicken, or fish are fine, as long as you remove the skin, bones, and fat. Your kitty can also have some canned tuna or chicken in water; a bit of shredded deli meat; cat milk; or sodium free broth. Never give your cat dairy products; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; chocolate; nuts; caffeine; alcohol; or anything seasoned with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruits; and anything that contains xylitol.

More Naps

After a long day of being petted and eating, Fluffy will probably be tired, and ready for some snuggles. Kitty purrs are definitely something to be grateful for!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, anytime!