Random Acts of Kitty Kindness
Written by Caitlyn Conville
This Spring, we should strive to do more good deeds and in general, just be kinder to ourselves, to the planet, to one another… and that includes our more cuddly companions!
Here are seven actions – one for every day of the week – that the felines in your community will surely appreciate.
- Spread awareness! It’s as easy as signing a petition or sharing a post on social media about a cat who is looking to be adopted. You can also take a little extra time to educate others. Create flyers that detail warning signs of animal abuse and resources on how to report it, the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, or remind your neighborhood to check under their cars for cats seeking shelter during the cold months.
- Make clawfully cute cards or letters for those in your community who could use some cheering up. Use a non-toxic, pet-safe ink to capture your cat’s pawprint on the front of the card, and on the inside, write your favorite anecdote involving your kitty’s shenanigans. Sprinkle in some clever cat puns, and you’ll really brighten up the days of the cat lovers in nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and homeless shelters.
- Got food or litter to spare? Maybe a catnip toy or two? Animal shelters could always use a hand when stocking their supply shelves. Some organizations, like Town Cats, have wish lists on their websites so you know exactly what items they need most. Use this referral link to our Chewy Wish List and Town Cats will earn $15 from Chewy! Of course, monetary donations are always welcome.
- It’s practically commonplace now for people to crowdfund their pet’s medical expenses on sites like GoFundMe. Even just $5 is a major step towards getting a beloved fur baby the surgery they need or helping their owners pay the vet bills.
- Garbage on the side of the road is not the sort of litter we want stray cats to get involved with, so round up a few friends or even your kids and challenge yourselves to pick up 10 pieces of trash each. Cleaning up helps prevent animals that might be unable to visit a veterinarian from eating dangerous plastics or foils, or getting their heads stuck in metal cans. It’s also good for humans and the environment to boot!
- If you are prepared to take on a bigger commitment, then consider fostering. You’d be doing both the shelter and the cat a favor by caring for the cutie for a few weeks or months while they wait for a forever home. Fostering is a rewarding experience, and you can do it once or however many times you like!
- Don’t forget about your own furry friend! Shower your kitty with love and snuggles, buy them a brand new toy or blanket, or whip up some special homemade treats. However you decide to spoil your precious floof, they’re sure to love the extra attention.
Edited by Town Cats