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HENDERSON, Nev., July 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spring through early fall is known as "kitten season" in veterinary clinics and animal shelters. Early summer is particularly when an abundance of cats of all ages are available for adoption, reports A Cat Hospital.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals notes that about 3.4 million cats and kittens enter animal shelters yearly. Of that number, the ASPCA estimates that more than one-third are euthanized. Overcrowding in shelters increases the necessity for euthanasia.
Although kitten season spotlights this statistic, cats are available for adoption all year, according to Dr. Trish Auge, feline veterinarian and owner of A Cat Hospital at 2758 North Green Valley Parkway in Henderson, Nevada.
Dr. Auge says that during kitten season, overcrowding of felines peaks in animal shelters. She adds, "Whether you prefer a kitten or an adult cat already litter-box trained, now is a great time to adopt and rescue a life."
“Make that two lives if you can,” Dr. Auge suggests. She explains that cats thrive and are better behaved when they have feline companionship. They are social animals and become bored and lonely when by themselves for long hours.
“Before adopting,” Dr. Auge says, “It helps to seek veterinary advice about how to select a harmonious pair and which cat breeds may be best for a family's lifestyle and needs.”
A cat's age is important when considering whether it will be a good match for a single person or a family. "Kittens are a whirlwind of energy. They need the high level of attention that children, teenagers and young adults may provide," Dr. Auge says.
But if a cat lover needs a calm greeting when returning home from a long work day, older cats that like to snuggle on the couch may be the best choice.
To prepare for one or more adoptions, A Cat Hospital recommends setting the stage for a cat-friendly home by checking whether roommates or everyone in a family is comfortable with adding a cat or kitten to the household.
Other tips include assessing whether personal finances are sufficient for basic feline needs, with consideration to vaccinations, veterinary wellness visits and cat supplies. Homes should be cat-proofed by hiding electrical cords and clearing countertops of food and small objects cats might swallow. Additionally, investing in pet insurance can minimize the cost of emergency services.
For more advice about cat adoption and care in the Las Vegas area, contact A Cat Hospital at (702) 454-4400. The Las Vegas area's first cat-only veterinary practice is a full service veterinary hospital providing preventive and emergency care of newborn kittens to senior cats. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit http://www.acathospital.com/ for more information on their feline veterinary services.
A Cat Hospital, (702) 454-4400
Source: ACat Hospital