In our travels through shelters, and adoption events we are always focusing on the pups. Wide-eyed and wagging it is the dogs that demand our attention. But in the background there are almost always the kitties. Soft, sweet and abandoned they too are looking for homes. In support of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, here are some thoughts about all things kitty cat.
What’s so great about cats? They are quiet (usually), don’t have to be walked and in most cases are very independent so they don’t impact on your busy schedule. But, but can cats get along with dogs? Yes! Cats and dogs can live peacefully in the same household. It takes a little time (and patience) for the proper intro, and of course the individual pet personalities come into play. Check out our tip sheet here for becoming a multi-species home.
Should you look for a cat or a kitten? Both are plentiful in shelters. Kittens may require a little more time, but most likely will come to you knowing how to use the litter box. Be sure with any pet to “baby-proof” your home. Kittens like puppies like to chew, so stash anything you think they might be curious about to protect them and your belongings. A more mature kitty will with some careful introductions to other family members blend seamlessly into your home.
Recently we met two AWESOME cats at Animal Services on Bee Ridge Road. The first is Smee. Kind of a strange name for story book calico girl. She’s totally at home in her skin. She’s been interacting with dogs for about a year with no incidents of trouble.
Another handsome dude, also very dog-friendly and dog savvy is Mr. Jumper. A shelter staff favorite, Jumper is up-to-date on all his shots, neutered and has the swagger of a classic tom cat, but the cuddle-quotient of Hello Kitty.
For more information on these two kitties, call 941-861-9525, or stop by Sarasota County Animal Services. It’s at the end of Bee Ridge Road, east of I75. You can also visit their web site here.
Interested in more photos of adoptables? Please visit our Pinterest bulletin board of adoptable cats and dogs in Sarasota.