Adopt a Cat Month: Tips for Welcoming a Feline Friend into Your Home

June is Adopt a Cat Month, a perfect time to welcome a new feline friend into your home. Whether you’re a seasoned pet owner or considering your first cat, adopting a cat can bring immense joy and numerous benefits to your life. In this blog, we’ll explore the advantages of having a cat, from reducing stress to providing companionship, and offer practical tips on preparing your home for your new furry family member. Join us as we celebrate this special month and help make a difference in the lives of countless cats looking for their forever homes.

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 spring and early summer 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, Navigating Pet Poison Prevention.  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 All Animal Veterinary Services. 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. 

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

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

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. There are also organizations that connect to shelters for adoptions to help save lives. 

Our clinic supports Take Me Home Pet Rescue by offering a 10% discount off services. Check their website to see if they have any cats available for adoption. 

Other websites you can check for adoptable cats are:

Pets Alive which is a rescue in our area that rehomes local animals.

Walden Humane Society.  They are a local shelter that we support. 

  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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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:  Adopt a Cat – Open Your Heart and Home

As we recognize Adopt a Cat Month at All Animal Veterinary Services in Modena, NY, we are excited to extend our commitment to compassionate care to even more furry friends. This June, we encourage you to open your hearts and homes to a cat in need. Our dedicated team will support you every step of the way, from initial health check-ups to ongoing wellness care. By adopting a cat, you’re gaining a loving companion and helping reduce the number of homeless animals in our community. Thank you for trusting us to care for your pets and considering adoption during this special month. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of many cats looking for their forever homes.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Eleanor Acworth
All Animal Veterinary Services

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