When people say they hate cats, I tell them they just have never gotten to know one. Cats are quirky and less transparent than dogs, but they have huge personalities, are very affectionate, love to play, are mischievous, and endlessly funny. (See YouTube.)
June is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Of course, there are many beautiful pure-bred cats, but consider giving a home to a shelter kitty—especially an adult cat. There are so, so many that would love to have their own people.
Catster (formerly Cat Fancy) magazine has a great article to get you started, Adopting a Shelter Cat? Here Are Nine Things to Consider. If you are already a fan of furry felines, the magazine is available for check out (along with our more than 200 other titles!)
We have many fine volumes if you need to do some research:
- Essential Cat: the ultimate guide to caring for your cat – A highly visual books that gives you the basics of behavior and care.
- Complete Guide to Cat Care – Written by the Humane Society, this book covers it all from the evolution and history of catdom, to a primer on what to expect when you bring a new cat home, choosing a vet, food, health, emergency first-aid, and aging.
- The New Encyclopedia of the Cat – This DK-edition offers lots of really interesting images and graphics, with browsable text. It includes spreads on cats in religion, folklore, literature, art, entertainment and collectibles, as well as biology, behavior, breeds and care. DK publications are always wonderful reads.
If you prefer hands-on research to find the purr-fect match, here are some good options:
- Capital Area Humane Society – Full disclosure on cats’ personalities and any socialization. All adoptable kitties are healthy, vaccinated, neutered, and micro-chipped. Browse kitties from home!
- Cat Welfare Association - 30-day health guarantee. Cat Welfare will always take back their cats if for some reason the match doesn’t work out or unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Colony Cats - Special Father’s Day deals! Men love kitties too.
And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, text, email, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.