June is Adopt a Cat month.
This is the time of year when local animal shelters are inundated with new cats/ kittens. Mating season starts in early spring and the gestational period for a cat is only two months long, so that first batch of kittens are here. And in many cases, the parents of said kittens are there too, since folks were finally able to catch that feral or semi-feral cat they have been seeing around for a while.
There are many, many studies that show how healthy pets are for folks of all ages. There are studies that suggest having pets reduces a child’s chances of developing allergies.
I can tell you from personal experience that having cats has been emotionally and psychologically healthy for me. There are studies that suggest that the vibration from a cat’s purr can be physically healing. I don’t know about that, but I can tell you that when I’m under the weather having a purring cat next to me certainly makes me feel a little better.
Yes, cats to require a bit of care in the shape of vet bills and litter box cleaning. But they live longer and are generally less expensive to care for than a dog. Cats are VERY easy to house train. Step one- show cat litter pan. That’s it- you’re done. Maybe if you have an exceptionally slow cat you show it the pan twice, but 99 times out of 100 they get it on the first go-round. No puppy pads, floors lined with newspapers, etc. Short haired cats should never require a trip to the groomers, and even long haired cats can often have their coats taken care of at home- it just requires a little more time and patience.
Simply put, cats are great companions. My Boots is my often time blogging companion (as she is right now). There is nothing quite like a purring kitty in your lap. If you’ve been on the fence about adding a feline friend to your life, I encourage you to take the leap and invite one of these silly, funny, fascinating creatures into your life this month!