Your cat depends upon you for his or her well-being, and your neighbours count on you to be a responsible pet owner. You can keep your cat and your neighbours happy by following the tips below.
Vaccinations are important protection against possibly fatal diseases such as distemper, viral rhinotracheitis, pneumonitis, feline leukemia and rabies. By protecting your cat, you are also preventing the spread of disease to other pets and even humans.
Ask your veterinarian to spay or neuter your cat. Spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted cats, these procedures usually make your cat happier, more affectionate and less aggressive. Spaying and neutering can also improve your cat's health. A neutered male cat will be less likely to spray and there will be fewer "disappearing acts" from a roaming tom.
We do everything we can to return a lost cat to its family. A licensed cat has a much better chance of being returned to its owner than an unlicensed cat. If the cat is not wearing a license, it can make it very difficult to locate the owner. If no one claims the cat within 72 hours, the cat becomes eligible for adoption to a new family.
Although licensing your cat is currently voluntary, it is a good and inexpensive way to increase the chances of your cat being returned to you, should your cat go missing. You can pick up your cat license at the Lethbridge Animal Shelter for a one-time fee of just $10.00. For more information, please phone us at 403-320-4099. Next to you, a license is the best thing you can give your cat.
There is a common myth that a cat needs to go outdoors to be happy. In fact, an indoor cat generally lives a longer, healthier life than one allowed to roam freely. Indoor training is easiest if started with a kitten, but even if your cat is used to going out, it will adapt well to life indoors, after a transition period.
By opening the door for kitty, you open the door to exposure to these hazards:
If you are a concerned cat owner, you can help your cat avoid these dangers by keeping kitty indoors.
Do you still want your cat to experience the great outdoors? You could still take your cat outdoors under your supervision. Two methods that are becoming increasingly popular are:
Leash training is easiest if started at kitten age, but should also be successful with an older cat if the steps to training are followed.
Click here for training tips and additional cat resources!
An annoyed neighbour has the right to contact the Lethbridge Animal Shelter, who may trap and impound your cat. Bailout from the Animal Shelter will mean a financial payout from you, the owner.
Lethbridge Animal Shelter2405 41st Street North
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5W3
Hours of OperationMonday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.Closed Sundays and holidays
For an interactive map and driving directions to the Lethbridge Animal Shelter, click here!