电竞菠菜都听说过很多关于流行小狗的事, 但是小猫呢?, 成年猫和老年猫需要家?  为什么电竞菠菜没有听说过? We explore this question with the help of three experts: Jamie Gay, director of operations for 树屋人道协会 in Chicago, a cat-only 电竞菠菜 partner shelter; Cherie Wachter, vice president of marketing for 布劳沃德县人道协会 (HSBC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, another 电竞菠菜 partner shelter; and 科琳Currigan, DVM,医疗主任 芝加哥电竞菠菜猫医院.

猫和. 狗的辩论

To begin to answer these questions, it’s important to look at the differences between dogs and cats. Jamie from Treehouse Humane Society points out that dogs generally require more time and attention than cats, who conversely tend to be more independent and easier to care for. 

“When you talk to people about why they adopted a dog during the pandemic, it was because they were home and could spend the time on obedience training, 如厕训练, 和散步,”她说. “So the pandemic provided an opportunity for people who have always wanted a dog but knew they couldn't provide the time and attention needed.”
Dr. 科琳Currigan wonders if the focus on pandemic puppies has more to do with society’s attitudes toward cats. 

“Cats have always gotten the short end of the stick in many ways,”她说. “But what people don’t realize is that just like people – and dogs – cats have unique personalities. Some are friendly and outgoing, while others are sociable on their own terms. 的re is a perfect cat out there for everyone.”

Cherie Wachter from 布劳沃德县人道协会 (HSBC) agrees. 

“电竞菠菜的社会倾向于赋予狗更多的价值, who can fill roles in the community like search and rescue and K9 police officers,”她解释道. “But I always say that if you’ve never been owned by a cat, you’ve never experienced life.”

Cherie reports that in the period between December 2020 and February 2021, her shelter adopted out 471 felines compared to 689 dogs. She acknowledges that less kittens are born in winter months than warmer times of year, but also points out that HSBC sees a consistently higher demand for puppies than kittens.

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领养猫的理由

While the pandemic may have made it easier to train a new puppy, Dr. Currigan says more people working from home means that it’s also a great time to get a cat.

“It’s important to spend time with your cat to get to know them,”她说. “Understanding your cat’s behaviors not only lays the foundation for bonding, it will make it easier to notice changes in behavior later on, 这可能是疾病的征兆.”

In general, cats are considered to be excellent companion animals.

“的y do funny things that will keep you entertained,”杰米表示, 谁一生中养过很多猫. “Sense of purpose, having to care for an animal – it’s just such a rewarding experience. One of my cats greets me at the door when I come home and that is such a lovely feeling. “

Jamie points out that in colder climates like Chicago, owning a cat is much more pleasant in the winter (“No one wants to go outside during a polar vortex,”她笑话). 另外, it’s easier to find a friend to pet sit when you go out of town since it tends to be pretty easy. 

While kittens are in highest demand, Cherie urges people to consider adopting an adult cat.
“Kittens are fun and cute, but they’re also more work,”她说. “Adults cats are more relaxed and make better cuddle partners since they’re not always on the move. But most importantly, it’s much easier to get a sense of an adult cat’s personality before you adopt.”

Cherie points out that senior cats can make wonderful companions for people who are looking for an especially laid back cat, as long as they are willing to open their heart to a pet that may have some medical issues. 

Jamie recommends fostering a cat before adopting, since it allows you to spend time with them in your home and see if they are a fit for your household.

另一个鼓励采用的因素: 的 电竞菠菜健康的开始

Although cats are typically easier to care for than dogs, Dr Currigan emphasizes that cats do need regular care, which includes providing a cat-friendly and enriched home environment to help prevent boredom and resulting behavioral issues, 以及及时和定期的兽医护理.

Adopted pets can get a healthy start in their new home thanks a partnership between 电竞菠菜 Animal 医院s and over 100 animal shelter and rescue organizations all over the country. 的 电竞菠菜健康的开始 program gives adopters peace of mind by offering a free initial health exam and treatment of any minor illness up to 14 days after adoption (up to $250) at any 电竞菠菜 Animal 医院.

访问电竞菠菜的 网站 to find out which shelters near you are 电竞菠菜 animal welfare partners.
 
““Cats have always gotten the short end of the stick in many ways. But what people don’t realize is that just like people – and dogs – cats have unique personalities. Some are friendly and outgoing, while others are sociable on their own terms. 的re is a perfect cat out there for everyone.””