June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and prospective cat parents who are considering adoption should make sure they are prepared for a kitten or older cat.
Cats are territorial and introducing a cat into a new home could leave that feline feeling really uneasy, according to the folks at PetFinder. There’s all that unexplored space, and who knows what may lurk there?
It would help in the acclimation process by providing your new family member with a small area to call its own for the first few days, or weeks if necessary. Make sure the room contains cat amenities like food, water and a litter box. Also, try to ensure there is a comfortable space in the room for you or family members to spend time with the new arrival.
But before any of that happens, you have to find your new family member. The Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) shelter, 7095 W. Grand River Ave. in Lansing, welcomes people who are looking to adopt a pet.
Public visiting hours at the CAHS shelter are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. No appointment is necessary, but timing is – adoption profiles must begin 15 minutes before closing time.
CAHS also notes it is important to bring any children in the house with you to meet potential new family members. CAHS also recommends all family members be present for an adoption, which will help ensure that the pet is the best possible fit for everyone in your family.
In addition to family members, bring:
- A driver’s license or government-issued ID.
- Cash or a credit card to pay adoption fees and optional supplies.
- A carrier for your adopted cat. These are available for sale at the CAHS shelter if you do not own them.
Please allow for enough time to complete the adoption process, which could take an hour to complete – or more if the shelter is busy. CAHS will ask you to complete a one-page profile and then an adoption counselor will meet with you to discuss your pet or pets of interest and to make sure you’re fully informed before you leave. CAHS ensures everyone involved has all the resources needed to introduce the new pet into the new home. When adoption is final, the new pet will go home with the new family at the time of the adoption.
About a week after the adoption, a CAHS adoption counselor will follow up with you to see how things are going and offer assistance should you need it.
You can even view cats (and dogs) available for adoption on the CAHS website. Go to cahs-lansing.org/ for more information or to see if the cat of your dreams is waiting for you.