It's Adopt-A-Cat month at the American Humane Association. Shelters all over the country are looking for cat lovers like you to rescue a few of our feline friends. Most shelters offer "two fur the price of one," which means you can get two cats for one low fee, including the shelters' adoption fees, spay and neutering costs and sometimes even microchipping. You'll never get a better deal on a cat (or two). And you'll never get a better feeling than rescuing an animal from a shelter.
There are just a few things you should know before rushing out to get your first -- or next -- kitty cat. While it's true that cats are very independent, they still need you around to provide food and water, to drive them to the vet and for playtime and lots of love -- on their time and terms, of course. And, like dogs, different cat breeds have their own set of dominant personality quirks. Do you want a lazy, aloof, indoor cat or an active, affectionate, outdoor hunter? This quiz can help you choose the cat that meshes perfectly with your quirks. Finally, it's a lot harder to cat-proof than to dog- or kid-proof a home. Why? Because cats can climb. And because, unlike kids and dogs, cats don't really care if you get mad at them.
The last thing you should know about cats is how they can improve your life and health. A feline friend helps humans lower their blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke and a recent study showed that kids who grow up with pets have fewer ear infections and respiratory illnessess. And it's been proven that a purring cat has a soothing influence on almost everyone -- humans and other animals alike. Except maybe the dog.
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