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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Finding Our Sundae at PetSmart

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PetSmart Charities for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


There is no doubt about it, we are a cat family. When we had to put one of our cats down, due to cancer, it was one of the hardest days of my life. We still miss that silly Pun-kin kitty every day, but when we knew we were ready to introduce another cat to our family and to keep our other cat, Sophie, entertained with a buddy we knew exactly where to go! We headed to our local PetSmart with the kids and surprised them with the idea of adopting another cat! 

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We came home with this sweet girl who the kids decided to name Sundae.  She is giving Sophie a run for her money and keeping her active, which is great for her since she is 10 years old.  Miss Sundae is a kitten, 1 year old, so she is teaching the family what having a young kitty in the house is all about.  So much fun!  She is cuddly, playful and full of personality.    

PetSmart is so much more than a pet accessories and food store - it is also a great place to adopt all kinds of domestic animals from. If you are thinking about adding a fury friend to your family now is the time. Did you know that November 13-15th is PetSmart Charities 
National Adoption Weekend ?  So, what does that mean for you?  That you should visit your local PetSmart and fall in love with a furbaby who needs a new home!

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Animal welfare organizations, including local humane societies, will be on-site at PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with adoptable dogs and cats during the event. To find out more about the times please contact your local store about event times and availability of specific types of pets. 

Please be aware that each group sets its own adoption application policies and fees (which typically include spay/neuter surgery, vaccination, microchips, etc.).  Adopting a new pet can be overwhelming and lead to a number of questions so Staff and volunteers from each location will be onsite throughout the event to assist with the adoption process and answer any questions you have.  

As you prepare to head to PetSmart to possibly adopt a new cat please review these tips so you and your household are prepared for that new friend!  
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Tips For Bringing A New Cat Into Your Home 

1. Make sure everyone is prepared for this new kitty in the house: this is especially important for homes with children. Make it clear that in order for the kitty to be a happy family member that kitty needs to feel safe and secure.

2. Stock Up On Cat Food: In our home we usually feed our cats dry food but every Saturday night we give our cats a treat. Wet food!!! Sundae was so excited to have this special treat!

3. Be Gentle: That phrase has been yelled a lot in our home in the last couple of weeks! Just a little reminder to the crazy kiddos of the home. Be Gentle with the kittens, they are smaller than cats. These simple reminders are important while everyone gets used to the new family member.

4. Kitty Proof: we have all done it for toddlers and now it is time to focus on those kitties. Cats are explorers and that is what they will want to do when they come into their new home. That is great, however, you must prevent that new kitty from finding things that she could chew on, tear up, or swallow. Example: trash, cleaning supplies, food, plastic, small toys (not cat toys), ect.

5. Create a Litter Space: Part of having a cat is having a litter box. It is important to have a designated space for this box. It is very important to keep this space nice and clean.


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FACT:

PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization of animal lovers committed to ending pet homelessness by investing in more than 3,000 animal welfare groups across North America. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart stores and sponsored adoption events. We’re proud to have found lifelong, loving homes for more than 6 million pets, which is one out of every 10 adoptions in North America!


Time to join those millions!  Find an adoptable pet near you by visiting this link. And locate your nearest PetSmart store by using  a PetSmart Store Locator .  Join the fun and if you Find A Pet this weekend, share your story with PetSmart Charities and see the other animals who have new homes!

Have I convinced you?  I hope so, I would love to hear what kind of furbaby you are looking to adopt! 

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23 comments:

  1. These are all great tips. Congrats on the new member of your family!

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  2. We currently have a dog but since we live in the country now I really want a cat. I could seriously be that lady that has 10. I'm hoping we'll add one to our family soon and these tips will be super helpful!

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  3. Congrats on your new cat. Adopting is the only way to go!

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  4. Awe what a sweet kitty. We would love to adopt a cat or dog but my daughter has allergies to pet hair.

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  5. My son is allergic to cats so we won't be adopting any time soon but I loved hearing your story and reading your tips. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Sunday is a gorgeous kitty .. she seems to have a bold personality. I'ts great when a loving family can adopt a pet and give them a great home

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  7. These are really helpful tips. I'm considering adopting a cat when my daughter's moves out. I'm going to miss her!

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  8. I found some kittens in my garage and decided to keep two of them and it was a great decision for my family and myself. I am all for adoption.

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  9. Great tips! We haven't adopted a pet yet but definitely considering!

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    1. We are in this same position, Cher. If we do it'll be an adoption.

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  10. I got my cat, Loki from a rescue at PetSmart 12 years ago. He's a great companion, and I hope Sundae brings you many happy memories for years to come!

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  11. I love the name Sundae - so cute. PetSmart Charities does such amazing work and have rescued millions of animals and into forever loving homes.

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  12. Sundae is totally adorable and looks like she has transitioned to your home well. Adopting cats and dogs is definitely the best way to go when considering adding a new furry family member!

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  13. I'm horribly allergic to cats, but that wasn't always the case. I miss them!

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  14. We have two cats from a rescue that works with our PetSmart. Love them to pieces!

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  15. My friend had a cat come to her shed and had 5 kittens, she announced they were available for adoption on FB, my son wanted a cat so bad, that I gave in and now we have two dogs and one cat!!! Good luck with yours!!

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  16. As someone who does not know a thing about owning cats, kitty proofing was new to me!

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  17. Great tips! Your kids look thrilled to have a new addition :)

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  18. Awww, so sweet. We won't be adopting again any time soon. We have our hands full with our rescue dog and love him. I love that PetSmart Charities is investing in all these organizations to help end animal homelessness.

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  19. Awwww.....in Feb of this year we adopted 2 Havanese Yorkie mix puppies - brother and sister. We are so so happy with them and they are just a joy.

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  20. We aren't looking to adopt since we already have a Himalayan but those are some great tips for those looking into adopting a fur baby kitty.

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  21. What a cute little one! Great tips for adopting a cat.

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