Five Great Reasons to Adopt a Cat this Month

woman petting her cat

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, intended to bring attention to the thousands of fabulous felines sitting in the shelter awaiting their forever home. While cats might be known for being a bit more… what’s the word?… particular than their canine counterparts, anyone who’s owned a cat will tell you they’re just picky because they offer such a deep, genuine, and enriching bond. If you’ve been considering a cat, now’s the time! To give you a little boost, here are five fantastic, and very real,  reasons to adopt a cat this month… but do you even really need one?

  1. Stress Reduction. It’s proven that petting an animal, like a cat, reduces stress – which has a whole slew of health benefits. Even their purr helps ease the mind and promotes relaxation.
  2. Stronger Immunity. Yep, owning a cat decreases the risk of allergies and asthma, which means more happy, healthy days for you.
  3. Reduced Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. Studies have proven it. Go ahead, look it up. We’ll wait.
  4. Companionship. Loving a cat can combat feelings of loneliness and, as an added bonus, some cats only bond with select people, making that feeling of friendship even more fulfilling and special.
  5. Decreased Risk of Heart Attack. One study showed that non-cat owners are 30-40% more likely to die of a heart attack than cat owners. If that’s not reason enough right there then we don’t know what is!

Bonus Reason: They are totally adorable and can complement any windowsill.

Whether you’re looking for an easygoing elderly cat or to raise a spunky, curious kitten, your shelter undoubtedly has the right feline for you – and, who knows, they may even be running an adoption special to mark the occasion! If you decide to adopt or foster a feline this Adopt a Cat Month, we’d love to see their sweet whiskers on our Facebook wall! And don’t forget to spay/neuter and properly identify your new best friend.

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