10 Reasons to Adopt a Cat

Adopting a cat is not only a great way to support Last Hope Animal Rescue, it’s also an excellent way to bring some cuddly into your life. Here are the top ten reasons why adopting a cat is the right move:

Hampton10. They’re Independent – cats are naturally independent creatures that require little supervision. This makes them the perfect pet for workaholics, city dwellers, people living in apartments, and the just generally mellow. While you can feel free to walk your cat, it isn’t necessary to their lifestyle.

9. They’re Cuddly – they may be able to take care of themselves, but cats still love a good cuddle. And unlike those 100-pound pooches that think they belong on your lap, a cat actually fits there quite nicely. Plus, they are warm and fuzzy, so purr-fectly suited for snuggling.Boomer

8. They Bathe Themselves – and it’s a good thing, too. Have you ever tried to get a cat into water? Not fun if you prefer your skin scratch-free. So they bathe themselves and leave you with one less chore – it’s a win-win situation for all involved.

7. You Won’t Need to Housebreak Them – in addition to bathing themselves, cats come into your life pretty much potty trained. You set up a litter box and, with very little instruction, they figure out how to use it almost naturally. Adopting a cat means never having to worry about getting home late and realizing you still need to go out into the cold, cold darkness.

6. They’re Avid Hunters – not a big fan of bugs? Adopt a cat! Cats are skilled hunters that will help keep down the bug population in your home. Not to mention those pesky red laser pointers!

5. They’re Great Entertainers – cats are more than capable of entertaining themselves with toys, boxes, drawers, and the like. Give a cat a window and a window sill to perch on and she’ll spend hours watching the goings-on in the great outdoors as she plots taking over the world and generally enjoys making the peons on the other side jealous of her glorious coat and pretty whiskers.

Griff4. Perfect Couch Potato Companion – think about it. Cats spend about 15 hours a day sleeping. This means they will never make you feel guilty when you laze about on the couch eating a tub of ice cream and watching TV all day. In fact, a cat would love to just veg out with you. It’s a built in excuse to be lazy.

3. You’re Saving a Life – according to the Humane Society of the United States, somewhere between six and eight million cats and dogs are taken in by shelters each year in the United States, and three to four million of those cats and dogs are eventually euthanized (Last Hope does not euthanize!). By adopting a cat today, you could be single-handedly saving a life. That’s a pretty big deal.

2. They’re Saving Your Life – as if saving a life wasn’t a good enough reason to adopt a cat, keep in mind that your potential new cat could save your life, too. Having a pet has been attributed to significantly lowering blood pressure, as well as lowering the risk of heart disease. Plus, the mere act of stroking a cat for a few minutes has been shown to release “feel good” endorphins in the brain.

1. They’re Awesome – you can’t argue with the facts. A cat is pretty much the most popular pet in the world (there are statistically more cats in U.S. households than dogs). They’re adorable, loving, easy companions that make you super happy (and healthy). So what are you waiting for?

Last Hope Cats

And now you can adopt a cat from Last Hope even more easily! From July 9th through July 17th* you can adopt a cat for $9 and a kitten for $19. What a bargain for such a great pet!  *Your adoption application must be received by July 17th. If you’re interested in adopting a cat or kitten, please contact Crystal at cdmcguire88@gmail.com or complete an adoption application HERE.

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Cat of the Week: Julia

This week, instead of showcasing a dog, we’re showcasing one of our beautiful cats. And with a name like “Julia,” she’s bound to be great!

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Meet Julia! I am only about 6 months old and a lovable, brave little girl! I am very playful, talkative, and enjoy to follow you around. My curiosity Julia 2gets the best of me and am always eager to play with other cats and friendly dogs. Even though I am young, I do not use my claws when being held. I am looking for my furever home with a family or someone who can give me lots of attention and/or has other companions at home for me to play with.

I am spayed, litter box trained, and up to date on my shots.Julia 3 For more information about Julia, please contact fay.nihart@cardinalhealth.com. The adoption application can be completed HERE.

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10 Early Warning Signs of Pet Cancer

Did you know? Pet cancer is the number one health problem for dogs and cats. In fact, dogs and cats get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans. And there’s more: Cancer is the leading disease-related killer among dogs and cats, accounting for nearly 50% of these deaths. The good news is that, detected early, pet cancer can be effectively treated.

Here are the 10 early warning signs to watch for, as recommended by the Veterinary Cancer Society:

African American young adult female veterinarian holding brown Pomeranian dog.1. Abnormal, persistent swelling

2. Sores that do not heal

3. Loss of weight

4. Loss of appetite

5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

6. Offensive odor

7. Difficulty eating or swallowing

8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

9. Persistent lameness or stiffness

10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

If your pet has any of these early warning signs, you should take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination. Help prevent your pet from developing pet cancer by keeping him away from environmental toxins like lawn fertilizers and surface and rug cleaners that have warning labels relative to children and pets. Many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and cancer.

Be diligent in monitoring your pet’s behavior and health and you could save your pet’s life.

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