Six Reasons to Adopt a Cat
1. You’ll save more than one life by adopting a cat
According to the ASPCA, 3.2 million cats can be found in shelters every year and of these, about 860,000 are euthanized annually. Adopting a cat not only helps one of these many animals, looking for a home, but also opens a space for shelters and rescue groups to take in another cat.
2. It makes good financial sense to adopt a cat
For a relatively low fee, you’ll take home a cat that is already spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and microchipped. Many shelters and rescues will also include extras in the adoption fee such as a cat collar, a bag of food or pet insurance.
3. Cats improve children’s resistance to asthma
According to Clinical & Experimental Allergy, research has found that early exposure to a cat in the home can actually reduce infants’ sensitization to the allergens cats produce3. As a result, kids have a reduced chance of developing allergic diseases.
4. Cats are perfect for apartment dwellers
If you live in an apartment, condo or other small space, a cat can be an excellent companion because cats don’t require lots of room or daily walks like a dog. Cats are generally low maintenance and if you provide them with toys (like cat trees and window rests for enrichment), they make wonderful roommates.
5. Cats are excellent senior companions
Cats, particularly older, calmer cats, can provide loving companionship to older adults. They can live 14 to 18 years, so you could have plenty of time with your new friend. They’re easy to care for, and you can find one at a shelter that matches your lifestyle with some helpful advice from the shelter staff and volunteers.
6. Black Cats need homes too
Black cats also experience adoption discrimination. Prospective adopters don’t notice black cats and kittens because they’re harder to see inside a cage and they don’t photograph well. Then, there’s that erroneous bad luck reputation. In truth, black cats are considered good luck in most parts of the world. Want your new kitty to live a long time? Studies show that the genetic mutation that gives a black cat his ebony coat is also associated with a healthier immune system.
Save a shelter cat today!