Adopt a Cat Month: An Ideal Time to Welcome a Feline Friend into Your Home

June is Adopt a Cat Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the joys and benefits of welcoming a feline friend into your home. At College Hills Veterinary Hospital, we’re passionate about supporting this cause and believe that every pet deserves a loving, forever home where they can thrive and bring joy to their family. Whether you’re a first-time cat owner or looking to add another furry friend to your household, adopting a cat can be a rewarding and life-changing experience. As your partners in pet care, our comprehensive veterinary services are here to assist you in every step of your journey with your new feline companion.

The Benefits of Having a Feline Companion

Research has shown that owning a cat can benefit your mental and physical well-being. Cats are known to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. The simple act of stroking a cat can release endorphins and decrease the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. Having a cat in your home can create a calming environment and provide a sense of relaxation.

Furthermore, cats are excellent companions, especially for individuals living alone or needing emotional support. Cats are known to be highly intuitive and can sense when their owners are feeling down or anxious. Their soothing presence can provide comfort during difficult times.

Cats are naturally clean animals known for their grooming habits. If they are not litterbox trained, it is fairly easy to teach them, making them ideal pets for individuals living in apartments or those with busy lifestyles.

June is the Perfect Time to Adopt a Cat

Feeding kitten with tiny milk bottle, tiny cat drinking milk from a bottle.

In 1974, the American Humane Association designated June as Adopt a Cat Month. We often refer to this time of year as “kitten season” because many cats give birth. Shelters and rescue organizations become flooded with kittens during this time. By adopting in June, you are helping to alleviate the strain on these overcrowded facilities

How to Prepare for Adopting a Cat

Before bringing a cat into your home, it’s important to ensure you are fully prepared. Here are some essential steps to take to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your new furry friend:

  1. Create a Safe Space: Set up a designated area in your home where your cat can feel safe and secure. Use a spare room or a quiet corner of your house. Please provide them with a comfortable bed, food and water bowls, a litter box, a scratching post, and toys.
  2. Stock Up on Supplies Before bringing your cat home, ensure you have all the necessary supplies. This includes litter, a litter box, food and water bowls, high-quality cat food, toys, scratching posts, and a carrier for trips to the vet.
  3. Cat-Proof Your Home: Cats are curious creatures and can get into mischief if given the opportunity. Take the time to cat-proof your home by securing loose wires, blocking access to hazardous areas, and removing toxic plants or substances. See our blog, Make Sure Your Pet Doesn’t Get Poisoned. Even if you are familiar with common pet poisons, reviewing the lists is a good idea.
  4. Schedule a Vet Visit: Once you bring your new cat home, schedule a visit to College Hills Veterinary Hospital. We can thoroughly examine your cat, update vaccinations if necessary, and provide you with important information on its health and care.
  5. Introduce Gradually: If you have other pets in your home, gradually introducing them to your new cat is essential. Being patient with slow introductions reduces potential conflicts and gives your new cat time to adjust to their new surroundings.

Here are some links for more information on bringing a new cat home:

Introducing Your Cat to a New Cat

How to Introduce Cats

Everything you need to know before you adopt a cat!

How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat

By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth transition for you and your new feline companion.

Finding the Right Cat for Your Family

When adopting a cat, finding the right fit for your family and lifestyle is essential. Cats have different personalities and energy levels, so taking the time to understand their needs and preferences is crucial. Here are a few factors to consider when looking for the perfect cat:

  1. Age: Kittens are adorable, but they require a lot of time and attention. An adult or senior cat may be better if you have a busy schedule or prefer a more independent cat. Older cats are often overlooked in shelters but can make excellent companions.
  2. Compatibility: If you have other pets or children, finding a cat that will get along with them is essential. Some cats tolerate other animals and children, while others prefer a more solitary lifestyle.
  3. Health: Consider any potential health issues that a cat may have. Some cats require special diets or medications, so ensure you have what they need to provide the necessary care.
  4. Bonded Cats:Adopting a bonded pair of cats is beneficial as it ensures they have constant companionship, reducing loneliness and stress during transitions to a new home. Their pre-existing bond simplifies the introduction process and enhances their emotional well-being, leading to better socialization and fewer behavioral issues. Additionally, you save two lives, providing a harmonious and fulfilling environment for the cats and yourself.

Considering these factors, you can find a cat or cats that will fit seamlessly into your family and bring you joy for years to come.

The Adoption Process Explained

The adoption process may vary depending on the shelter or rescue organization you choose. However, here is a general overview of what to expect during the adoption process:

  1. Research and Visit Shelters: Check your area’s local shelters and rescue organizations. Here are some links to rescues in our area:

Long Way Home

Bryan Animal Center

Aggieland Humane Society

  1. Application and Interview: Most shelters require potential adopters to complete an adoption application. The application helps the shelter staff understand your lifestyle, experience with pets, and what you’re looking for in a cat. Some shelters may also conduct an interview or home visit to ensure the cat goes to a safe and loving environment.
  2. Meeting the Cats: Once your application is approved, you can meet the available cats for adoption. Spend time with each cat to see if you connect with it. Ask the shelter staff about the cat’s personality, history, and care requirements.
  3. Adoption Fee and Paperwork: When you adopt a cat, you will typically pay an adoption fee. This fee helps cover the shelter’s costs of caring for the cat. You must also complete adoption paperwork.
  4. Bringing Your Cat Home: You can bring your new cat home once all the paperwork is complete. Follow the shelter’s guidelines for transitioning your cat to its new environment.

The adoption process may take some time, but finding your perfect feline companion is worth the reward.

Conclusion: Embrace the Joy of Feline Companionship

As we recognize Adopt a Cat Month this June, there’s no better time to welcome a new feline friend into your home. At College Hills Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to supporting you throughout the life of your newly adopted feline friend. By adopting a cat, you provide a loving forever home to a deserving pet and enrich your life with the joy and companionship that only a cat can bring. Visit us at College Hills Veterinary Hospital for more information to ensure your new companion’s health and happiness.

Warm Regards,

Your Team at
College Hills Veterinary Hospital


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