Adopt A Shelter Cat Month on June, 2023: thinking of adopting a shelter cat?
June, 2023 is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month 2023.
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To be honest, they look for the best adoptor possible. But considering how there are way too many animals and not enough people to take care of them, they're not picky.
Is there anything about yourself that you think would make you an unfit owner? In my experience, they're generally not much into your business. You fill out the papers, you pay the money, you take the cat home. The one thing they really adamently discourage is buying an animal as a gift for another person.
But congrats on getting a new cat! And it's wonderful that you've chosen to save one's life.
My newly adopted cat is not eating a lot of food. Is this normal? If not, what can I do?
Shelter is bad memories and canned is much better anyway. Thanks so much for saving a life.
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrediant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms
The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in
Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. The best food for cats does not contain any grains at all.
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck?
Please read about cat nutrition.
Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza.
Returning cat to shelter?
I too have adopted cats who were "tamed" feral cats. I will tell you, I have come to believe that many, many cats who started out as feral never really become 100% tame, that there is always a part of them that wants to be wild. This can make it very challenging to incorporate this sort of animal into a normal household.
If it were my cat, this is what I would do. I would guess that a combination of escaping once and because of the new puppy, she has regressed and become feral again. However, she HAS lived inside with you as a normal cat, so it shouldn't be as challenging to change her again as it was the first time. If you cannot catch the cat, trap her and bring her back into the house. Use her favorite cat food, probably something canned and smelly, even tuna, inside the trap. Remember, feral cats are extremely smart, so this might take a while before you catch her. If possible, give her a room to herself that she likes hiding in, such as a bedroom. If possible, move her litter box and food dish in there so she doesn't have to leave the room and confront the puppy.
It IS possible to train a once outdoor cat to be indoors only. It is very challenging and will require the complete and total dedication of EVERYONE who lives in or goes in your house. All it takes is one careless moment and the cat gets out again. What everyone needs to do is get into the habit of opening the door only a few inches at first, whenever they want to go in or out of the house. Cats are keyed into the sound of the door opening, and will come running. If you only open it a small bit, it will make the sound but they won't be able to get out right away. When you do this, also hold out one foot to block the opening in the door. Holding your foot out, especially when you are coming IN to the house, will help you shoo the cat out of the way so you can get through. When the cat comes running to get out, either shoo her away, or shut the door and say NO in a stern voice, so she knows that getting out is not an option. Everyone going in and out of the house HAS to get into the habit of doing this, or it won't work. Eventually she will realize outside is not available to her anymore, and she will quit trying so hard to escape. You also must pay attention to open windows that have screens that push out easily. The cat can also get out this way. Either open windows only a small bit, or secure the screens well so kitty can't push them out.
This DOES work, but like I said, it will require the help and cooperation of everyone in the house. Just be patient and eventually the cat will learn.
Good luck, I hope this helps =^.^=