I reached my hand between the slots of the cage bars. I knew I shouldn’t, but her amber eyes beckoned. She rubbed her small, round, reddish head against my fist. Her dainty purring, barely audible, captured my heart, and she came home with me later that day.
Her name was Ama – a strange moniker, but one she kept for the next 16 years we shared. The year was 1991; the place was the Bozeman, Montana Humane Society. Ama and I experienced five moves in the years between adoption and her passing at nearly 19. Through it all, she remained a friendly feline princess, her luxurious long orange and white coat and her delicate Ragdoll breed features giving her that royal appearance. During the many seasons we shared the household, having Ama in my life during times of stress helped calmed me, providing a quiet, nonjudgmental companionship that helped through the eddies of life.
There are many joys and benefits of living with a cat. Studies show pet owners generally lead healthier lives and have less stress. Here are a few benefits of living with a cat:
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Rescue organizations often promote this special month with special adoption rates on cats and kittens. Find your princess (or prince) of a cat at your local shelter or rescue group this month and enjoy the joys of living with a cat – just like I did with Ama.
June is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and there is still time to find your furry feline friend!
Every summer numerous cats and kittens find themselves in shelters and rescues across the country. This is the time of year known as “kitten season” and wherever you go to adopt an animal, you are sure to find plenty of friendly felines just waiting for loving families! Some shelters are following the lead of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and greatly reducing adoption fees; check with your local rescue, animal shelter or humane society.
And if you need a good reason to adopt a cat this month in addition to lower adoption fees, here are some reasons why adding a kitty to your clan can be a good idea:
Whether you choose an adult, a kitten, or a senior, a cat can decrease blood pressure, alleviate depression, and help combat other health issues. In fact, recent studies show that a cat’s purr lowers stress and lessens chance of heart attack in people. So, consider adopting a kitty this month – a purr-fect furry companion is waiting for you!
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.