Lisbon: A Cat Friendly City

Did you know that owning a cat might help you prevent heart disease? A few studies also indicate that a cat can increase the quality of your sleep and boost your imune system. But if all these reasons are still not enough to convince you to adopt a furry little friend, consider this: according to a scientific study from Carroll University, cat owners are smarter people. So, if you happen to be in Lisbon and want to dive into the amazing world of cats and improve your intellect, here is a guide to help you find and take care of your new pet friend:

Adopt: União Zoofila
Starting with the beginning. If you don't live with one, it's time to adopt one. If you already have a feline in the house, maybe it's time to offer it some company. In Lisbon, União Zoofila is the largest cat shelter. This association works in collecting and recovering suffering stray cats and dogs. To start the adoption process you'll need to visit the shelter and get familiar with the cats. After that, as soon as you find your future friend you'll go through an interview with a technician. If everything works out well, you'll soon have a new adorable cute cat walking around the house.

Healthcare: Holistic Vets
If we try and find out the best health options and alternatives for ourselves, why not for our cats? There is still a long way to go as far as alternative health options for pets is concerned but there are already a few in town. DVet are a vet team originally from Coimbra. Once a month they travel to Lisbon where they consult pets in the calm and comfy environment of their homes. Besides the huge amount of petting, they'll teach you all about alternative vaccination programmes, natural food and healthy habits.

Emergency: 24 hour hospital
Hospital do Restelo is the biggest veterinarian hospital in Lisbon offering a wide range of services 24 hours a day. The team of caring doctors and nurses are well prepared for any emergency offering support not only to the injured animal but also to the worried owner. It's a modernly equipped facility with state of the art diagnosis and surgery equipment and an impeccable inpatient service.

Coffee Time: Aqui há Gato
Aqui Há Gato is the first Lisbon cat coffeeshop, recently opened. A cozy space where you can have a light meal or coffee while reading the newspaper or enjoying a book with a lazy cat sleeping on your lap. This space shelters a few adoptable (and adorable!) domestic felines offering an unique relaxing environment for both humans and felines.

Holidays: The best cat hotel
Although it's hard to separate, sometimes we just need to go somewhere where our pets cannot come. There are a few trustworthy options on Lisbon to house your cat in a friendly and comfortable environment. The most popular is the Lisbon Zoo. With a highly experienced team of animal caregivers, veterinarians and other technicians, the Zoo is a very safe choice. Every cat will have his own spacious box fully equipped with a comfy bed, good food and fresh water. Even the most demanding cat will easily adapt to this five star treatment.

Silvia is a writer and a traveller born and raised in Lisbon. Although her journeys have been taking her a bit everywhere in the world, Lisbon is the city where she always return to unveil and write about its never ending wonders.

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