What Makes a Cat the Perfect Pet? #MyRescueCat

Annie and Eddie in their bed

Annie and Eddie.

June is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

June is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is celebrating by encouraging people looking to add a pet to their family to consider adopting one of the 3.4 million cats that enter shelters each year.

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The ASPCA recently surveyed American adults and found that while cat owners have overwhelmingly positive experiences with their cats, non-pet owners lack an understanding of the benefits of having cats as pets.

The most common misconceptions held by non-pet owners about cats are that cats do not make great companions and are high maintenance.  Cat owners, however, strongly disagree. Only 47 percent of non-pet owners believe cats make great companions, compared to 73 percent of cat owners. Additionally, fewer than half (46 percent) of non-pet owners agree that cats are low maintenance, compared to an overwhelming 82 percent of cat owners. A vast majority of cat owners also believe that cats are intelligent (77 percent), quiet (77 percent), and independent (71 percent).

“This survey further confirms what many of us already know – cats are intelligent animals that make excellent companions,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of research & development for the ASPCA. “With millions of cats entering shelters each year, we hope that the public learns from the experiences of current cat owners that there are many benefits of welcoming a cat into your home.”

“An added benefit to pet adoption is that many shelters are using research-based adoption programs – like our Meet Your Match program – which assess both the adopters and the adoptable pets,” added Weiss. “Our research has shown us that cats’ personalities or ‘feline-alities’ as we like to call them, can range from the gregarious to the independent. When shelters can match the needs and expectations of adopters to the right cat, whether they’re looking for a more autonomous ‘Secret Admirer’ or a cuddly ‘Love Bug,’ the chances of a stronger bond and an adoption that sticks are much greater.”

ASPCA and The Jackson Galaxy Foundation Launch #MyRescueCat

Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy

To further bring attention to cats during this special month, the ASPCA teamed up with Animal Planet, My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation to launch a social media contest celebrating shelter cats. By sharing their cutest and funniest feline photos using the hashtag #MyRescueCat and signing an adoption pledge, participants will be entered for the chance to win one of three grand prize packs.   Entries accepted through July 2, 2015.

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  1. Sherri H says:

    Your picture of Annie and Eddie is beyond adorable! Also, I shared this post on FB because I think Jackson Galaxy is totally the bomb — a GREAT spokesperson for cats in general and men who love cats in particular.

  2. Cats are clean, quiet, agile, most lovely of all living beings, sweet, affectionate, friendly, loyal, loving, gentle — they are everything dogs could never be, and that is why they are the nation’s and the world’s most beloved companions. Jackson Galaxy is right — real men LOVE cats (real women and real kids, too)!

  3. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    annie, eddie & mercury…we hope yur mom sended yur fotoz in !!!

    how kewl wood that be….ta see yur self on tee vee !! ??