Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Cat

Denver (May 28, 2009)

As part of its ongoing effort to promote cat and kitten adoption, American Humane created Adopt-A-Cat Month®. Adopt-A-Cat Month is held annually in June, when shelters around the country are inundated with litters of kittens in desperate need of loving homes. The event encourages cat adoptions from shelters, promotes the benefits of owning a cat and informs the public about how to care for their pets responsibly.

“Every spring and summer, cats reproduce in record numbers, and millions end up in animal shelters,” said Marie Belew Wheatley, president and CEO of American Humane. “American Humane encourages people to help relieve inundated animal shelters by adopting a cat or kitten during Adopt-A-Cat Month this June.”

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Cat

  1. Cats will keep you entertained with their playful antics.
  2. Cats are very affectionate and love to cuddle with you.
  3. Having a cat can reduce your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
  4. Cats are very clean — they bathe themselves!
  5. Cats are independent and can be left alone while you are at work.
  6. Cats do not need to be housebroken – using the litter box comes naturally to them.
  7. Cats do not need a lot of space. They are perfect pets for apartments and smaller homes.
  8. Taking care of a cat can help teach a child responsibility and humane values.
  9. Cats get plenty of exercise living indoors. Just 15 minutes of playtime each day will satisfy a cat.
  10. Approximately 4 million homeless cats end up in animal shelters every year in the United States. By adopting, you’ll be saving a life.

For more tips on adopting a cat and information on Adopt-A-Cat Month, visit

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about The Link® between violence to people and violence to animals, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond. American Humane’s regional office in Los Angeles is the exclusive authority behind the “No Animals Were Harmed”® end-credit disclaimer on film and TV productions, and American Humane’s office in Washington, D.C., is an advocate for child and animal protection at the federal and state levels. The American Humane Certified™ farm animal program is the nation’s original independent certification and labeling program for humanely raised food ( American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, has been awarded the Independent Charities of America’s “Best in America” Seal of Approval, and has met the stringent standards for financial efficiency and accountability required by the American Institute of Philanthropy to qualify as a Top-Rated Charity. Visit to learn more.


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