12 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month: 12 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat!

June is here, which means it is officially Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month! Did you know that over 3 million cats enter animal shelters in the United States EVERY YEAR?! Sadly only a little over 1 million of those cats are actually adopted. That means there are TONS of cats waiting in shelters for their furever home and family.

With all 6 of our kitties being rescues (either adopted from a rescue or off the streets), we are big supporters of adoption. Whether it’s June or October, we think every day is a purrfect day for adopting a shelter cat! In fact, we have 12 really awesome reasons that we think everyone should adopt a cat

1. Cats always get their chores done.

Hate doing housework? Adopt a cat and you will never have to clean another day in your life!

12 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat - Cat in Laundry
Delilah folds the laundry.
12 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat - Cat in Dishwasher
Caster unloads the dishwasher.
12 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat - Cat Sweeps the Floor
Sophie sweeps the floor.

2. Cats are technologically savvy.

Do you have trouble working all of those techno gadgets out there these days? Cats are computer whizzes and masters of the internet. They can help you blog, web design, or just check your emails.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month: 12 Reasons to Adopt a Cat! - Cat on Computer
Delilah helps Dad compose some emails.
Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month: 12 Reasons to Adopt a Cat! - Cat on Computer
Sampson helps to maintain our music Facebook page.

3. Cats can help get rid of all of that extra food.

Did you have way too much food around your house? Fear not! A cat can help!

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month: 12 Reasons to Adopt a Cat! - Cat Eating Pizza
Mmm pizza!
Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month: 12 Reasons to Adopt a Cat! - Cat Eating Doritos
Doritos too?!

4. Cats are musically talented.

Always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument? Cats can teach you to play just about anything. They are always happy to share their expertise in exchange for treats and cuddles.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month: 12 Reasons to Adopt a Cat! - Cat Playing Guitar
Delilah instructs Daddy on proper guitar technique.
Delilah the Drumming Cat
Delilah explaining how to correctly lay down a funky groove.

5. Cats sympathize when you’re feeling down.

Hate Mondays? Cats do too.

Deli & Dad - Hating Mondays
This is just terrible.

6. Cats have really great fashion sense.

Do you sometimes wake up in the morning and not know what to wear? Adopt a cat and you’ll never have that problem again!

Stylish Cats - Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat
Sampson likes to coordinate outfits sometimes.
Cat in Bowtie - Sampson
He is quite the dapper gentelmancat
Stylish Cats - Adopt a Shelter Cat
He converted my husband into a tux-wearing man!

7. Cats always seem to find the purrfect spot for sunbathing.

Do you like to get your tan on? Cats are excellent at pointing out all of the best sun puddles in your home.

Sunbathing Cat
Sassy, basking in the morning sun.
Sunbathing Cat Gang
Group tanning

8. Cats can drive boats!

Unsure of yourself on the high seas? Bring a cat along with you to captain your ship!
*Not advisable unless you have the proper safety wear or life jacket for your cat.

Sophie Cat on a Boat
Sophie shows me how it’s done.

9. They give boxes a purpose.

Have a bunch of empty boxes lying around and not sure what to do with them? Get a cat to fill the void!

Caster Cat in a Box
Caster filling up a box.
Sassy Cat in a Box
This box has a purpose, thanks to Sassy!

10. They are trained nurses.

When you aren’t feeling well, cats always know exactly what to do.

Cat Nurses
They are giving me healing purrs.
Cat Nurses
Keeping Daddy warm.

11. They are great spies.

Have suspicious neighbors? Or maybe strange things in your sink? A cat will keep an eye on all of that for you!

Delilah - Neighborhood Watch Cat
Neighborhood Watch Committee
Delilah Sink Cat
Keeping the Sink Monsters at bay.
Delilah, Spy Cat
I’m watching you.

12. They are love masters.

Do you want your home to be overflowing with unconditional love? Adopt a kitty (or two, or three)! Trust me – you won’t regret it.

The Cat Gang Snuggles

The Love Languages of Cats: Sophie Snuggles Dad
Sophie nuzzles into her daddy’s neck. I sense a Chin Bite coming on!

Delilah and Sampson, the Cuddling Cats

If you are looking to add a cat to your family, please visit your local animal shelters and rescues. There are so many loving kitties there (of all ages and breeds) looking for a home and a family to call their own.

Opt to Adopt!

By Emily


  1. Reply

    Oui Oui

    OMC! You have the best reasons for adopting a cat! Also, the kitties need you and a good home. We love the photos too, they are great!

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    This is a great list of reasons to adopt kitty!
    Love # 3 reason and photos..they make sure you don’t eat too much 🙂 And # 10…you will feel better quickly with kitty nurses taking care of you!
    Have a wonderful weekend xoxo

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    SOLD! although if you can make sure I get one of those cleaning cats, I’d really appreciate it 😀

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    Fantastic post! All pawsome reasons to adopt!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    Deztinee Izabella

    OMC Ya’ll awe so cute. 🙂 Those awe sum pawsum weasons fuw adoptin’. So glad yous all hav a wunnewful luvin’ home. 🙂
    Luv ya’

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    Some excellent reasons to adopt. Mom said she hasn’t ever adopted from a shelter, but she has adopted all her kitties, except me, off the streets mainly and a few who needed homes from humans that didn’t spay. She said when the kitties come to her off the streets she feels she is saving them and that they chose her. Pretty cool in her book.

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    Caren Gittleman

    This had to be the CUTEST of all of the adopt a shelter cat posts that I have seen! Just precious and GREAT reasons!

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    da tabbies o trout towne

    theeze R all grate reezonz!! eggscellant post two day guys N caster
    ewe iz rockin that guitar dood. that song shuld be on eye toonz!!!
    heerz two a yellowtail horse mackerull kinda week oh end !!

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    Rascal and Rocco

    All fantastic reasons! Never knew they could drive boats! Thanks for sharing on the Pet Parade!

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    Laila and Minchie

    Great reasons and great post!

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    Brian Frum

    Without a doubt, that was the best list ever!

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    Colehaus Cats

    Gosh, we had no idea we could have been driving a boat all this time! We’ve been slacking!

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    Kitties Blue

    What a terrific post? Mom says if she didn’t already have a full house, you would have convinced her to rescue another kitty. We can see how much mutual love between cats and humans exists in your home. Astrid says thanks for the adorable photos of Sampson and she sends him many kisses. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Cslista Jo

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    Sassy has the biggest eyes! 🙂 This post was very good and thorough! We need , however, to work on a few suggested talents …like helping to clean out the dishwasher. . . and learning to play the guitar . . .not to mention driving a boat. Your staff is clearly more effective than ours! 🙂
    the critters in the cottage xo

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    The Island Cats

    I wanna drive a boat! ~Ernie

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    Yay for adopted kitties and their amazing talents! Great post, I laughed at the neighbourhood watch committee 🙂

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    Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats

    Excellent post! Great pix. Gotta share this one!
    –Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats

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    Those sure are some mighty good reasons to adopt a cat but the best reason is to give the cat a really nice home away from the shelter. The cat will really appreciate that a lot. That was a fun post.

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    Hannah and Lucy

    We always help Mum make the bed when it’s clean sheet day, we clean our dishes and most importantly we sit on her when she’s reading so she resting her feet before she has to get up to feed usagain and we eat some of her ham so she doesn’t get fat.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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    You forgot pest control! Millers, flies, bugs, and invisible creepy creatures…

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    OMC, what a fantastic post, love it! Group tanning photo is such fun and we love how Sampson dresses you both to match his furs…what a smart kitty he is! Fun and funny post but most of all…great reasons to adopt kitties!

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    Cats are the best! Glad I’m a cat!

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    Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    What fantastic reasons to adopt a cat. Paws up for adoption… it’s the best wya to save lives and bring extra love into to your life.

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    Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal

    Purrfect reasons to adopt a cat !
    My mom-person is working on my dad that we do need another cat 🙂

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    Jenna Drady

    hahahaha!!!!! Pets are the best at helping with chores!!! Especially when I am gardening and my huskies are helping me dig! *sigh* haha!
    Thanks for linking up to the pet parade!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    What a fantastic post! We are especially amazed at the boat-driving photo. Sophie is much braver than we are.

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    M. K. Clinton

    Absolutely wonderful photos. I have to admit that it’s the first time that I’ve seen a cat in a boat. Very impressive!

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    Lone Star Cats

    I’m an expert at getting rid of food!

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    Eastside Cats

    A great post! Adopted is my favorite breed

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    da tabbies o trout towne

    guyz….thiz post rocked then….. N …….it…….. still……… doez ……~~~~~~ 984 paws up anda happee week a head two all….now we gotta gor reed 7 mor !! ♥♥♥ 🙂

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    Always fascinates me your cats. Loved the player, 🙂 will be great soon. Thank you, Love, nia

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    caren gittleman

    This was such an adorable post! You should repeat this every year….your reasons were unique, adorable and hilarious!!! Love, Cody

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    My goodness, with all those reasons to adopt a shelter cat, I don’t know how anyone could resist.
    My Smokey loved Nacho Cheese Doritos!

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    The Island Cats

    These are the best reasons! We love #3. 😉

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    Ellen Pilch

    Excellent post. I don’t need any convincing though 🙂 Joane, Sam and KaTwo and Angel Snowball were all shelter cats,

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    Angel Minko was a kind of rescue…from an awful place where the woman was trying to sell him and his littermates. Petcretary swept him out of there as fast as she could and vowed that if there were any more adverts to ‘sell’ more kittens , that would make her call the authorities. She almost felt compelled to take all of those kittens..but well, back then she was a bit more naive about those things. And thankfully she has not seen that happen…else the lady changed her phone number…

    Loved your post!

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    What a fantastic post! All of my cats have been rescues. (Rescue is my favorite breed.) My first cat, Kip, used to play the guitar like Caster. He probably played it better than I did, though. 🙂

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    Kamira Gayle

    Love all these reasons and more! Thanks for sharing such cute candid moments with your kiddos!

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    BOL – great post! We are pro-adoption, even though the Lapdogs say no cats, ha ha ha Happy Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

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    Juliet Chelton

    Absolutely compelling arguments for adoption of cats or indeed any animals. More people need to do what you have done so wonderfully and ADOPT. Love your cat driving the boat, you really do have such talented cats too.

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    Who could resist having a cat that can do all these things! I can add one benefit of having my cat – alarm clock! Yup, every morning at 5:30am whether I need to get up or not Lol!

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    Great post! I volunteer at my local shelter taking photos of the adoptables. It breaks my heart to see the same cats in there, each visit.

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    Tonya Wilhelm

    Ya! We adopted 2 cats from the local cat shelter. My other cat was a stray. They are so happy to have a loving home. My stray KNOWS he has it made.

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    Heather Wallace

    Your pictures really make me miss my cat, Puck. Whenever I was sick, he would jump up purring, and plop down right where I was hurting. He also would always jump in a suitcase, open drawer, or laundry basket. Cats are amazing.

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    Jodi M. Clock

    Adopt one until there are none! Yes, my 3 rescues are great workers too. One excels at box supervision, one at sunbathing, while the third one likes to help out with typing! Seriously, we need a campaign to stop kitty unemployment!

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    Ha! These are all great! And they do indeed provide tons of love.

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    Lola The Rescued Cat

    Such purrfect reasons to adopt a shelter cat! We bet people will be running to the shelters after reading this fantastic post.

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    Tenacious Little Terrier

    I would appreciate having my chores done… It looks like cats can do all sorts of things.

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    Jana Rade

    I really came to believe that adopted pets really do understand gratitude. Or, at least, they do understand the difference between their past and present lives. They can be so happy and give so much love.

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    Beth Patterson

    These are great reasons to adopt a cat! My cat was a stray, and if I ever get another cat, it will either be one who finds his way to me (again) or adopted from a shelter. I think that older rescued animals really appreciate finding love and safety more than a pet who was brought home as a baby.

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    Cathy Armato

    All fabulous reasons to adopt one of the many multi talented kitties in need of homes. OMG caster really can play guitar! Nice Rif!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    Sweet Purrfections

    Cats are the best therapists! We love your list for owning cats or as Truffle and Brulee say, being owned by cats.

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    What a fun post, and the images look like everyone involved was more than happy to play lol.

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    Kamira Gayle

    Yep! Agree with all these reasons AND they are adorable! My last cat I bought from a young boy off the streets for $5 when attempting to go grocery shopping. I went to the store to get bread, eggs and milk and came home with food and a little kitten. Best joy of my life. I will definitely adopt my next pet.

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    The Swiss Cats

    What a wonderful post ! Those are all the best reasons ! Purrs

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