National Adopt a Cat Month

Dr. Sherri Edgar, DVM
Partner Veterinarian CityVet Las Colinas

June marks National Adopt a Cat Month, a special time to celebrate the joys of feline companionship and the significance of giving shelter cats a loving, forever home. At CityVet, we believe in the power of pet adoption and are dedicated to providing top-notch veterinary care for your new family member. 


Adopt a Cat Month was initiated by the American Humane Association to coincide with the peak of kitten season. During this time, shelters across the country are inundated with newborn kittens joining the ranks of other cats already in need of homes. This month-long event aims to raise awareness about the endless joys and benefits of adopting a cat. It encourages people to bring a deserving feline into their lives, helping to alleviate the strain on shelters.

Benefits of Owning a Cat


Having a cat comes with numerous benefits, including: 

  1. Companionship: Cats make wonderful companions and can provide unconditional love and affection.
  2. Stress Reduction: Spending time with a cat can help lower stress levels and promote relaxation.
  3. Entertainment: Cats are playful and curious creatures, bringing joy and entertainment into your home. 
  4. Health Benefits: Studies have shown that owning a cat can have positive effects on physical and mental health, including reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering blood pressure. 

Adoption Tips

  • Consider your lifestyle and choose a cat that matches your personality and activity level. 
  • Visit local shelters and rescues to meet different cats and find the perfect match. 
  • Prepare your home for your new cat by providing essentials such as food, water, litter boxes, scratching posts, and cozy bedding. 
  • Schedule a visit to CityVet for a comprehensive wellness exam and to establish a personalized healthcare plan for your new feline friend. 

Effective Management and Treatment

Managing skin allergies in pets often requires a multifaceted approach. Here are some effective strategies: 

  • Identify and Avoid Allergens: Work with your veterinarian to determine the specific allergens affecting your pet. This may involve allergy testing or food trials. Once identified, take steps to minimize your pet’s exposure to these allergens. 
  • Regular Flea Control: Implement a consistent flea prevention program to protect your pet from flea bites. There are various flea control products available, including topical treatments, oral medications, and flea collars. Parasite prevention is important year round.  
  • Medications: Depending on the severity of the allergies, your veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines, corticosteroids, or other medications to alleviate symptoms. In some cases, immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended. 
  • Specialized Diets: For pets with food allergies, you may need to switch the main ingredient present in your pet’s food from one protein to another. Chicken is the most common protein allergen we see in pets. 
  • Skin Care: Regular bathing with hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners can help soothe irritated skin and reduce itching. Additionally, moisturizing sprays and topical treatments can provide relief. 

This Adopt a Cat Month, make a difference in the life of a shelter cat by opening your heart and home to a new feline friend. Visit your local shelter or rescue organization to meet cats in need of adoption, and schedule a visit to CityVet for expert veterinary care and support. Let’s make June a month of love, compassion, and new beginnings for cats and their owners.