Cats are playful, clever, and curious animals, and sharing your life with them is one of the best decisions that a compassionate person can make. But not every human treats his or her kitty with the right care or understands the importance always adopting companion animals and never purchasing them from breeders or pet stores.
Cats in pet stores come from breeding facilities, where they are kept in cramped, filthy cages and don’t receive the love or care that they deserve. Female cats are bred over and over again so that they’ll give birth to more kittens. This is bad not only for the animals in these sad places but also for all the homeless kitties in the world. Six to 8 million homeless cats and dogs enter shelters every year, and half are put to sleep because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them.
So what’s the best way to help kitties? Always adopt from your local animal shelter! There are thousands of kitties in shelters just waiting to become your new best friend.
When you choose to share your home with a cat, dog, or other animal, you’re making a lifelong commitment. They rely on you to take good care of them and keep them safe from harm. They need fresh food and water, proper veterinary care (and that includes being spayed or neutered), and lots of TLC from you and your fam! Plus, our feline friends need clean litterboxes.
Cats should never be allowed to roam around outdoors freely—the outside world is no place for our furry friends because not everyone is kind to them. Your cat would much rather be inside with you anyway—after all, you are the center of his or her universe!
It’s also important never to declaw a cat. Some people think that declawing is just like a manicure, but it’s not—it’s a painful and permanently crippling procedure.
Cats claw to exercise and enjoy themselves, maintain the condition of their nails, and stretch their muscles. Our toes are crucial for balancing, and it’s no different for cats! Instead of declawing, try trimming your cat’s nails regularly, buy multiple scratching posts, and teach your kitty where to scratch and where not to scratch.
Want to do more to help cats? Pledge always to adopt and never buy animals!