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What To Know About Adopting A Shelter Cat

What To Know About Adopting A Shelter Cat

Why Should You Consider Adopting A Cat From A Shelter?

 

 

June is full of a lot of pawsome holidays - and it’s a sunny month. It’s also the perfect time to adopt a kitty of your own; June is National Adopt a Cat Month! Shelter cats are the best - and there’s so many reasons why! Here’s a few things we to know about adopting a shelter cat, as well as a few reasons why they're so great.

Shelter Cats Receive Comprehensive Medical Care

When you adopt a kitty, it’s easy to check off essentials that you’ll need to make sure you’ve done and have everything! When you adopt a cat from a shelter, especially an older cat, you don’t have to worry about spaying or neutering your fuzzy friend. A lot of shelters also have low cost spaying and neutering services available, or even free services available to those in their community or people adopting younger animals from their shelters. 

A white and brown spotted cat in a metal cage with a water bowl in it, looking up at the camera, from FurHaven Pet Products

Shelter Cats' Personalities Are Evident

Most shelters and adoption websites know the personalities of the kitties they’re adopting out and will describe them - so there’s no going in “blind”! You can get an idea of the cats you’re looking at before adopting them. As much as it’s easy to want to adopt them all, making sure that you’re adopting a cat that works well with your household dynamic is especially important to have a successful adoption process!

A lot of the older cats in the shelters also will be far more likely to be house trained, and most of the cats in the shelters will be socialized around other cats. 

Less guess work and more cuddles!

Shelter Cats Let You Know What They Want 

Cats in shelters meet a lot of people and can be quite socialized towards humans. When you visit a shelter with kitties, a lot of the cats will let you know what they want - if they like you or they don’t they’ll usually let you know!

A dusty brown cat with long ears being held by a human in a white shirt at FurHaven Pet Products

You’re Helping Other Cats In The World

When you adopt from a shelter, you’re making sure that other shelter cats can be helped! If you support a shelter with your donation and other services, you can be sure you’re helping out other cats. You’re making room for another cat to be brought in where they can be cleaned up, treated, and eventually adopted. 

Adoption fees also help support shelters and rescues with fees, bills, and any other things shelters may need to pay for!

A small black cat rests it's paw on the front bar of a metal cage, at FurHaven Pet Products

Other Ways To Help Shelters And Rescues

Adopting a cat isn’t the only thing you need to do to support Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. If you’re interested in supporting rescues another way, we’ve got some ideas for you!

Donate To A Shelter

Looking for an easy way to support a shelter without having to think too much about it? Check out our FurHaven Cares program!

We make it easy to donate to a verified shelter of your choice while checking out at FurHaven.com. Just check out like you usually would: Select the pawfect bed or gear of your choice for your furry friend, head to checkout, and when you’ve completed your order just make sure to select the charity you’d like to give a portion of your sale to. 

You don’t have to pay any additional donation amounts or fees - just tell us who you want us to send a portion of your sale to, and we will! Thanks to our furiends at Givz for making it so easy to support your favorite charity!

Become A Foster or Shelter Volunteer

If you're interested in having a kitty in your home but can't commit long term, then maybe fostering or volunteering at a shelter is the right move for you! You can support nonprofits both ways - and make a kitties day!

A human makes a face at a brown, white, and black dappled cat in a sunlit room, as the cat stands on a table surrounded by numerous decorations, at FurHaven Pet Products

Here’s Some Most Loved Shelter Kitty Beds!

We love donating beds and gear to shelters and rescues across the country - here’s a few beds that shelter kitties LOVE so you don’t have to worry about what’s going to tempt your curious kitty.

Pet Bed Tent for Small Dogs and Cats

An orange and white cat lies within a FurHaven Insulated Pet Bed Tent on a rug on the floor
Cozy, insulated foam walls give cats and small dogs the privacy and warmth they crave. The Insulated Pet Bed Tent helps anxious pets feel safe, with the dark, cozy, and soft tent to hide it - they can watch the world go by. The soft felt material is cozy and soft on paws and noses, and extra cozy for long cat naps. This tent is also foldable, perfect for storage and travel.

Calming Cuddler Long Fur Donut Dog Bed

A gray cat with blue eyes lies on a FurHaven Calming Cuddler Donut Pet Bed on hardwood floor.
FurHaven's Calming Cuddler Donut Pet Bed is designed to embrace pets in warmth and comfort - creating a calm space that soothes anxiety and promotes a deeper and more restorative sleep. Deep bolstered edges create cozy "pockets" of extra warmth for a self-warming effect your pet will love. The "pockets" created by the bolstered edges create the perfect spot for "nesters" to cuddle into, with the pillow-y edges still comfortable enough for sprawlers and "belly up" sleepers to snooze away.

Faux Fur & Velvet Hug Pet Bed

In a pastel room, a brown and white cat sits inside a pink FurHaven Faux Fur & Velvet Hug Pet Bed on the floor.
Show your favorite little furball the love with a FurHaven Hug Pet Bed. Designed for cats or dogs who love to nest and hide! This bed is perfect for anxious or shy pets. Tall fiber-filled walls embrace your pet in warmth, privacy and luxury. Soft minky faux fur and plush velvet are perfect for snuggling and nesting.

Self-Warming Convertible Cuddle Pet Mat & Bed

An orange and white cat sits in/on a FurHaven Self-Warming Convertible Cuddle Pet Mat & Bed, both of which are situated on a gray couch
Fluffy, fun and foldable, the FurHaven Cozy Convertible Cuddle Mat is four beds in one. Featuring a simple system of buttons and elastic loops, you can configure the bed to be a cuddly "nest," a soft "couch," a comfy "canoe" or a plush "mat" bed. Whichever way you choose, your pet will enjoy the cozy comfort of the bed's self-warming core. Insulating fabric with a soft, reflective surface sends your pet's natural body heat back to create a luxuriously warm sleep experience.
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