The Oregon Humane Society (OHS), like most shelters, faces a huge influx of young cats each spring and summer. “August is the height of kitten season,” according to shelter spokesperson David Lytle. “Because of this, OHS, during August, offers two cats for a single adoption fee. The regular $55.00 adoption fee includes spaying, first round of vaccinations, an identifying microchip, a collar and ID tag, a free first vet exam, and one free month of health insurance.
Tiva, a four-year-old domestic shorthair is one of the adoptable cats at OHS. This svelte 8-pound kitty is a funny, playful eye-catcher. Although she loves to snuggle and cuddle, shelter behavioral specialists caution that Tiva needs a home with older children, as she does enjoy some quiet time.
Petfinder.com, a website that directs potential adoptive families to animals available from local shelters, also provides information on finding the right cat to adopt. Petfinder’s advice is to consider an older cat. While kittens are adorable, their care requires an extraordinary amount of time. In addition, older cats have well-formed personalities and have reached their adult size, giving you a look at your cat’s personality as he or she will likely be day-to-day. A young adult, like Tiva, is often a very good choice and has a long life ahead of her.
During August, your OHS adoption fee also includes a second cat at no additional cost. OHS always encourages people to adopt two cats. “Felines crave attention and stimulation, so when left alone they can be naughty,” says Lytle. “If you adopt a pair of cats that are compatible, they’ll keep each other entertained and out of trouble.” Petfinder’s library of articles emphasizes the importance of having space to adopt two cats and ensuring that the two felines are compatible. Reviewing these articles, you’ll learn more about cats, whether you’re a beginner or a veteran.
If you feel you need to justify your adoption, consider this: Pet companionship is a powerful force for comfort and stability in a world that seems a bit upside down. Studies show that the simple act of petting your devoted companion lowers your blood pressure and stress hormones.