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Friday, June 10, 2016

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat


Adopt-A-Cat Month

Although I am best known as a dog blogger, truth be told, I am also a cat person. I would love to feature Rosie more on the blog, but unfortunately she doesn’t always cooperate. But in celebration of Adopt-A-Cat Month and all things feline, here's my take (with input from Rosie) on the top ten reasons to adopt a shelter cat. 

1.  Cats are clean, neat, and organized. And that's why they require such dedicated staff. 

2.  Cats care about the planet and the environment.  Cats believe in energy and water conservation and do their part by sleeping 15 hours a day and taking very short baths.

3.  Cats are free spirits who march to the beat of their own drums. And if they feel like beating that drum at 3:00 in the morning, deal with it.

Adopt-A-Cat Month
Fawkes - The Specials: Adopting a Wobbly Cat
4.  Cats are like potato chips, you can't have just one. Well, you could, but why?

5.  Cats make great couch companions. Cats won’t judge you if you stay in your pajamas and watch bad TV all day.  Well, they might judge you, but not in a mean way.

6.  Cats improve sleep and cure insomnia. The sound of a cat purring is relaxing and soothing and the warmth of their cuddles like an electric blanket on a cold night. Just be sure not to move or disturb their sleep or all bets are off.

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Mango - The Specials; Adopting a Cat Whose Owner Has Passed Away

7.  Cats are not quitters. Cats pursue what they want when they want it. And if that means occasionally bopping you in the face or tipping over a glass of water to get your attention, so be it. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

8.  Cats make great yoga instructors. Cats are naturally graceful and limber and understand the benefits of a good stretch.  Note to humans: cat yoga requires years of experience and training. Do not try at home without strict feline supervision.

9.  Cats are great listeners. Cats have mastered the art of listening or at least, the art of making you think they are listening. What were you saying again?

Adopt-a-Cat Month

         10.  Cats make great mentors and role models. Cats are confident, driven, and not afraid to say no. They have much to teach humans about self-preservation and putting our own needs first – after their own needs are met, of course.

          Cats are affectionate, dedicated, loving companions who add joy, energy and light to our lives and hearts. Please               consider adoption: visit your local rescue and adopt a shelter cat today!


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40 comments

  1. Gosh, are cats really that wonderful?
    Who knew?
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  2. I love this post! You and Rosie summed it up perfectly. Here's to Adopt a Cat Month!

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  3. Love, love, love this post! And of course you nailed every single reason perfectly. Too funny, yet so true. :-)

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  4. Cat's are great. We have 4 all rescues, well the last was a foundling. Im always shocked by dog people, or people in general who don't like cats. As devoted as I am to dogs I think for the average person a cat is the best choice of pet, unless they are allergic. 4 cats is one more then we planned on but when we found Spot last year we had to keep him. Moving forward I think we will stick to three cats. I would like a Sphynx one day and might consider going to an excellent breeder for one but I will also always have rescue cats.

    great post

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  5. Our friends are looking for one now
    Lily & Edward

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  6. I write a dog blog because I can take my Victor with me places, but my first love (of 17 years) is my cat Kaitlynn. She was a shelter cat. I didn't go in with the intention of adopting but then I couldn't leave her behind. Changed my life. No exaggeration. Best decision I every made was to take her home.

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  7. Cats are the best and I do love dogs a lot. Cats are very entertaining and they are fantastic listeners. They don't ask for much except for food at the right times, please. Great post, that is for sure.

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  8. When my children were young we had cats, but I have not had one for several years.
    We do appreciate the cats the hunt for mice on our property!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & mabel

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  9. Those are some great reasons! I think two might be my favorite.

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  10. Yep, we know us cats are pretty awesome...and you just gave 10 great reasons why!

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  11. Those are some great reasons. I bet you could do 100. Unfortunately Mommy has two grandchildren who can't breathe when they are around cats. Maybe someday, when the grandchildren are older and not around as much we can get a cat.

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  12. Love this! My very favorite is #2. And not only do cats take short baths, but they don’t even use water.

    Great photos too. ♥

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  13. cats can be the bestest soulmates... they are there to hold our back without wild jumping or barking...the purrfect friend for relaxing moments :o)

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  14. Oh yea, with seven of us rescue cats here we couldn't agree more. Love this post!

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  15. Lees first pet was a kitty that was born on her grandmother's farm. His mother was just dropped off and made her way to the farm where she lived for many years. Yep he was the bestest cat that ever was. He tolerated bing push around in a childs buggy and being dressed in doll outfits. He loved playing marbles.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  16. Excellent post! I love my kitties, all 13 of them. 4 came from shelters and the rest just showed up.

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  17. Yous has summed it up purrfectly Rosie!
    Mes is going to prints your list and post it on the fridge!
    Kisses Nellie
    PS Mommy has a big place in her heart for all cats, (even though she is a dog person too).

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  18. We love this photo of Rosie! She looks so beautiful with her wee, raspberry tongue out :) We think you covered every relevant thing purrfectly!

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  19. those are all great reasons! But sadly, we can only have one kitty because we have one dog and we aren't allowed more than two pets where I live.
    catchatwithcarenandcody

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  20. Adoption is an awesome way of finding a best friend.

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  21. I love kitties! Shoosh! Don't tell the pups! I would love to have another kitty, but unfortunately with my 7 pups, it just isn't possible. While some love their cat friends, there are a few that would never let them have peace.

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  22. In Israel I had 3 adopted cats :) and would love to have one today too but my apt is just too small - adopt is the only way to go

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  23. What an adorable post! I giggled all the way through it! :D

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  24. Yes, cats make great pets cos you don't have to walk us but still we are high maintenance. Anyone who thinks once they adopt a cat, all they have to do is feed us and clean our litter boxes is sadly mistaken.

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  25. * cheers madly *YEAH YOU GO KITTIES!!!!

    Brilliant post!!!!!

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  26. Cats are all of these things and more. I miss the purrs and "breadmaking" from my cats. ♥

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  27. I love your tip that they make great yoga instructors! I have a friend and we watch her cats all the time and their funny poses and laugh!

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  28. Beautiful photos. Unfortunately, we will most likely only have ONE cat (at a time) due to allergies. They have, and will be, rescues.

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  29. Those are all great reasons to adopt a cat!

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  30. I love cats too. Ever since my first adoption as a kid- Samantha. Our rescue Nala passed last year at nearly 17. Unfortunately Kilo does not like cats (or dogs or strangers or mailmen) and attacks so tricky. About all I can cope with now.

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  31. Mom Paula grew up with dogs, but she's been owned by a cat for almost 40 years.

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  32. Terrific post! Those are all great reasons to adopt shelter cats. We're a little biased, of course, but shelter cats rock!

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  33. All true, but #6 is my favorite! Instant snooze fest, if I have a kitty purring on me and I'm tired. :) Love this post! I, too, started as a dog blogger and gradually worked my cats in over time. They still could stand to get more of it, frankly. Beautiful pics and kitties!

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  34. Adopting cats has been one of the biggest joys of my life. :) They really do help with all kinds of health issues. I love that they march to the sound of their own drummer - I do too. We get along in that way. :)
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  35. Oh, wonderful reasons to get a shelter cat!

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  36. Absolutely wonderful post! We have an adopted rehabilitated feral kitty my daughter took under her wing and he is the best! (And thinks he's a little Husky! LOL!)

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  37. Wonderful reasons to adopt a shelter cat. One more reason; when you adopt a shelter cat you save two lives - the life of the cat you adopt & the life of the cat you've helped make a space for at the shelter by adopting!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  38. Wonderful reasons to adopt a shelter cat. One more reason; when you adopt a shelter cat you save two lives - the life of the cat you adopt & the life of the cat you've helped make a space for at the shelter by adopting!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  39. Love this! I was looking through lucy's adoption file the other day and burst into tears thinking how close she came to not being "here". She was rescued from a kill shelter at 5 days old

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