5 Cool Things to Know About Cat Adoption

Thinking of adding a cat to your family? It's a time and cost commitment, but the advantages of having a feline friend around are worth it. These astonishing facts will have you racing to the shelter to adopt a kitty.

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Adopting a kitty is a big commitment, but the benefits of cat ownership make it well worth it. That’s because cats and humans have been getting along purrfectly for around 10,000 years. Unfortunately, not all cats are lucky enough to find a good home. Did you know that each year, around 3.4 million cats enter a shelter? That’s 9315 per day, 388 per hour, and 6 per minute…only 37% are adopted. Adopting a cat is good for your health. Those who have never owned a cat are 40% more likely to die from a heart attack. And a cat’s presence decreases the levels of stress hormones like cortisol in your body while increasing the levels of feel-good hormones like oxytocin. That’s good because it costs around $545 annually to care for a cat and most indoor cats live between 13 and 17 years…although Crème Puff, the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest cat ever, lived to be a whopping 38-years-old. You’ll be glad to have your kitty around for years to come because cats can be pretty heroic. Like Tara, a California cat who stopped a dog from attacking her owner’s son. Or Meskie, the Canadian kitty who alerted her owner to a house fire. Adopting a kitty from a shelter not only saves his life, but he may just save yours too, so consider adopting a cat today.

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