MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From cute and cuddly to the grumpy, ask any cat owner and they’ll tell you they can’t imagine life without their furry feline.

But there are thousands of cats and kittens that need good homes. This month is National Adopt a Shelter Cat month.

Our friends at the Feline Rescue in St. Paul told us Wednesday what you need to know before adopting a new pet. Experts there tell us that cats are very social and interactive companion animals, so it’s very important to have the time to commit to having a new animal in your life.

You want to look at the age and the temperament of the cat as well as what other pets you might already have in your home. Most shelter cats will be typical domestic, short-haired cats, but other breeds can also be very interactive and vocal.

Good high-protein, low-grain food costs about $20 per month and you definitely want to have money set aside for a trip to the veterinarian. Cats are generally healthy pets and it’s one of the reasons they are popular. You also need a litter box, food and water bowls and toys.

If you’re looking to get a cat, Feline Rescue in St. Paul is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday.


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