Each year in June, the number of cats that are impounded more than doubles at Long Beach Animal Care Services, making this month an ideal time for residents to consider adopting a kitten or cat. “Nationwide, the spring and summer
months typically bring a surge of kittens and cats to the nation’s shelters,” said John Keisler, manager of Animal Care Services. “Last month alone, over 500 felines were impounded in Long Beach.”
June is American Humane Association’s national Adopt-a-Cat Month. This year, Animal Care Services is celebrating the month by encouraging responsible
residents to adopt:
• In person, visit the spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village at 7700 E. Spring St.
• Online, check out animals at the shelter longbeach.gov/acs/pet_finder/adopt/gallery.asp
• By phone, contact Animal Care Services for information about adoption
options by calling (562) 570-PETS
Adoption is a commitment. American Humane Association offers these tips to consider when adopting.
Age. While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often suited to families with young children. Mature cats may respond better to being handled by inquisitive toddlers.
Number. It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while owners are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species.
Personality. Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until he has been in his new home for several weeks. Animal Care Services suggests visiting the potential pet several times and reading any information from a previous owner.
Coat. The longer the cat’s fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.
Nutrition and Health. Good nutrition and twice-a-year vet visits will help cats stay healthy and happy. Keep cats indoors to prevent them from contracting diseases, being hit by a car or getting hurt by other animals.
Tags and Microchips. Millions of cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year, but only about 2 to 3 percent of cats without ID tags or microchips are reunited with their owners. Make sure cats wear collars and tags with their name, owner’s name, address, and phone number. Microchips provide permanent identification that can never come off or get lost.
Prepare the home. Adult cats and kittens love to climb and explore, so beware of possible hazards. Don’t let cords or wires dangle, and cover any floor heating and air vents. Some houseplants may be toxic; check with a vet for details.
Kids and Cats. Children should be taught that a kitten or cat is a companion, not a toy. Rough handling can lead to injuries to both cat and the child.
Dogs and Cats. Cats and dogs often enjoy each other’s company, but
great care must be taken when introducing these two species. Some dogs may
be aggressive toward small animals and may not by suited to sharing their
homes with cats.