There are hundreds of reasons to adopt a pet, but here are some of our favorite ones!
Adoption Saves More than Just One Cat
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.2 million cats enter US pet sanctuaries yearly. Sadly, about 860,000 are euthanized. Adopting the foster system not only means saving a cat in need but also opens up a slot so the sanctuary can care for one more cat in need.
It's Cheaper to Adopt than to Shop
Having pets is a significant monetary responsibility regardless of how you cut it. In addition to covering the price of food, toys, litter, and other needs, you need to be prepared to spend for veterinary treatment. For a reasonably low fee, you'll own a neutered feline cat that is also updated on vaccinations and microchipped. Your cat will have a significant headstart for a fraction of the cost! Many shelters and rescues include extra freebies in the adoption cost, such as a cat collar, a bag of food, or even pet insurance coverage.
You Will know the Cat's Personality Beforehand
Just as with people, every cat has a unique personality. If you purchase a kitty cat, you never really understand what their nature will resemble when they grow older. Cats from sanctuaries interact with their caretakers and volunteers daily, and these people get to know their personalities. Specifically, with adult felines, you can find a companion with the type of temperament you're trying to find. You can find a playful, active cat or a calmer one that loves cuddling and being in a quieter environment.
It's Great for Your Mental Health
According to Research Gate, possessing a cat, or any pet, improves one's capability to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and solitude. Adopting a cat from a shelter will make you happier and have better general well-being.
... And Physical Health!
Research also tells us that having a feline might decrease the risk of death caused by heart disease and stroke. By reducing stress, cats decrease the possibility of owners developing heart disease. This is important, considering that stroke is the 3rd cause of fatalities in adult females and 4th in males.
According to Clinical & Experimental Allergy, research has found that early exposure to cats at home can reduce an infant's sensitization to allergens cats produce. Therefore, this early exposure makes them less likely to develop acute bronchial diseases. We can also add that children living with furry friends like cats are less likely to develop allergies.
Cats Are Great with Other Pets!
Even if you already own a cat or dog, bringing home another from a sanctuary can help reduce their loneliness when you're out during the day. Felines aren't simply fabulous for their human beings' psychological wellness. They can make other pets better, too. You must ask the shelter to help you in "feline testing" your pet. Expect a period of change and adjustment before the two cats feel comfortable together. However, a new cat can bring great happiness to your home in time.
Cats are Great Pets for Apartment Dwellers
Finding the ideal family pet can be tricky when you live in a smaller space. For apartment occupants, cats are usually a better choice than dogs. Cats typically have lesser maintenance. So long as you provide them with toys and furniture (like cat trees and perch), they're good! If you stay in a limited space like an or a condo, a cat can be an outstanding companion since they do not need great space or everyday walks like a dog.
Cats are Great Companions for the Elderly
Felines, specifically older, calmer cats, can give loving companionship to older adults. They're easier to look after, and with valuable recommendations from the shelter staff and volunteers, you can find a cat that matches your lifestyle.
Rescued Cats May Have Fewer Health Issues
Like in dogs, cats that are mixed breeds often tend to experience fewer health concerns. Various types of purebred cats are vulnerable to severe health issues, such as:
- Patellar luxation
- Hip dysplasia
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney disease
While reliable breeders do their best to produce healthy breeds, the risk is always higher in purebred pets. Any cat can get ill, but a sanctuary cat with varied history may be less prone to medical problems.
There Are Lots Of Shelter Cats to Choose From!
Check out different sanctuaries in the United States, and you will discover many cats to choose from. From small, playful kitties to frosty-faced elders, sanctuaries are home to cats of all sizes, ages, and colors. You can speak to cat-specific rescue teams to find your new pal if you're looking for a specific breed, such as a Siamese. Also, with the kitten period peaking in June, it's an excellent time to find a new bundle of happiness to add to your family!