There are several holidays to celebrate in the month of June but admittedly, my favorite is to promote the National Adopt A Cat program!
I’m sure that many (if not all) of the animal welfare programs celebrate it in their own way.
No matter where you go to adopt a cat, I highly encourage you to do so! They are one of the best type of pets for older adults (and everyone else too!)
Yes, I know – not EVERY cat is going to be affectionate and loving, just like any pet – they all have their own unique personality traits so yes, you have to find the specific cat that will fit in with your personality and your home.
How Did National Adopt A Cat Month Begin?
Back in 1974, the American Humane Association initiated the very first Adopt A Cat Month. It was eventually registered for the month of June and it has been going strong every since.
There are multiple benefits to having a pet cat…
- Older cats are better for seniors – because older cats tend to be calmer and require less “playtime” – they tend to be a better for for older adults. Generally speaking, any cat 4 years or older would be a good fit.
- Cats require minimal maintenance – compared to other types of pets, cats require very little attention. No need to bathe them or walk them. They prefer structure and only need comfortable spots to sleep. The most difficult aspect, generally, of owning a cat is cleaning the litter box once or twice a day. See our article on litter box solutions for older adults.
- Male cats tend to be lap cats – if you are looking for a cat who loves to sit on your lap and be petted – generally speaking these are male cats. Although I do have a female cat who can be petted for hours!
- Cats can help to reduce your stress and anxiety – studies have shown that caring for cats can help to lower your stress levels and benefit your overall health.
- Cats offer companionship – which in turn can help to alleviate the loneliness that many older adults experience.
If you are a senior and considering adopting a pet or if you are helping an older adult to adopt a pet – consider bringing in a cat or two into your home.
They can be playful, fun and can make wonderful companions for most anyone!
If you’re not sure yet – read our article on Are Cats Good Pets For Seniors?
Go on and celebrate National Adopt A Cat Month in June!