By Janet Medcalf, Greeneville Neighbor News Columnist
Cats have been valued over the centuries because they make great companions. They were so valued in ancient Egypt that if you hurt a cat you were subject to punishment by death.
Kitties love to nuzzle you, sleep with you, follow you around the house, make you smile with their antics and provide love. If you’re lucky, they’ll also rid your house of vermin.
Interesting Facts About Cats
Cats can can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, and they can see in near darkness.
Cats sleep an average of 16 hours per day and spend about five hours a day grooming themselves.
While kittens will very often meow for their mothers, it’s very rare for an adult cat to meow at another cat. However, almost all adult cats will meow at their human companions, as they relate to them as “mother figures."
Cats are easy pets to have in your home because they’re easily trained to use a litter pan, and they require little supervision.
Many people have sworn that they would never own a cat or that they don’t like cats, but many of these people have changed their minds after spending a bit of time with that special kitty and learn his or her unique personality.
Adopting A Cat
At the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society’s Adoption Center, you’ll find many cats available for adoption. Cats can be found lounging in the "cat room" or sunning themselves in the outdoor, screened porch.
Some of the cats at the Adoption Center have been waiting patiently for months and even years for their own homes.
Cat adoption fees are $85.00, which includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, micro-chipping (for easy identification if lost) and a vet exam. Cats that are elderly or have been at the Shelter for a long time have reduced adoption fees.
The Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society's Adoption Center is a no-kill facility, so the more cats that are adopted out, more cats can be saved from hard lives on the streets.
To view adoptable cats and kittens, visit Friends of the Greeneville-Greene County on Facebook.
You can may view adoptable animals on Petfinder.
Better yet, you may visit the cat room at the Animal Shelter, 950 Hal Henard Road in Greeneville.
Even if you’re not be able to adopt, the cats and kittens would still love to have your time and attention, if only for a few minutes.
Call (423) 639-4771 for more information.