Cat reading programs held in animal shelters are a fun way to help increase cat adoptions while teaching kids more about animals.
What is a cat reading program?
Cat reading programs are set times and days that a cat shelter will invite reading-aged children to come visit an animal shelter and read to cats. Kids can either bring their own books or the shelter may have books on hand that the students can use.
Cat reading program have a few goals. The first is to help kittens and cats to socialize with humans. The presence and voices of different friendly faces helps kittens and cats to learn that humans are a positive presence in their lives. Children can read and play with the cats to acclimate them to being around people.
In addition, children natural have a higher pitch voice, which is something that cats prefer. It’s why our cats love it when we talk in a baby voice to them.
Cats are also naturally curious. Having a child come in with books is something new to explore. Kittens will soon start climbing and sitting on the books as they engage with their new visitors.
Teaching children about pets
The second goal is to teach young children more about animals and how to interact in a positive way with them. The act of reading can also give children some valuable reading time in a stress-free and fun way that helps them to improve their language skills.
Increasing cat adoption rates
The third goal is to increase adoption rates. Cat reading programs typically function as an open house with a twist. This brings in families that might not otherwise consider adopting a cat or kitten.
Participating in a cat reading program requires no commitment to actually adopt a kitten but you might find yourself tempted…
Participating in a cat reading program
Not all animal shelters and humane societies host cat reading programs so the best way to find out is to contact the local animal rescue organizations near you.
Some cat shelters require you to sign up before you can visit so make sure you check first before heading over to the animal shelter.
Most will require that a parent be present with their child to supervise.
Children who come should find a spot in the cattery to sit down and start reading. Cats shouldn’t be picked up as some cats may not want to be held and can scratch. Instead, children should be taught to wait for the cat to come near them and then provide gentle pets as long as the cat’s body language is friendly.
Another fun way to get some kitty time is to visit a cat adopt café.