Thousands of cats are abandoned every year from cute kittens to mature and older cats. Rehoming a cat is about giving them a new start, with a new family who can offer them the love and attention they deserve.
Adopting a Cat
Before starting the process of adopting a cat, please consider the following :
* You could be committing to your new cat for up to 20 years. Can you offer continued stability?
* Veterinary fees can be expensive. You should expect to visit the vets at least once a year for a health check and vaccination. Other preventative health care measures include de-fleaing (usually a monthly treatment) and de-worming (typically a three-monthly treatment); seek advice from your vet on frequency. Pet insurance will help with the cost of major illness and emergency treatment.
* You will need to make arrangements for your cat when you go on holiday, this may involve boarding cattery fees.
* Feeding a cat will cost you a minimum of £5 per week, plus the additional expense of other items such as a litter tray and litter, toys, bowls, bedding etc…
* If you get a long-haired cat, you will need to set time aside for grooming.
Cat Rescue Centers
If you a prepared to offer a cat a home here is what to do next:
Identify your local cat rescue/adoption centre or branch and give them a ring, booking an appointment if necessary.
On arrival at your local cat rescue the staff will chat with you about what type of cat you would like, they may ask you to fill in a questionnaire. You will then meet some of the cats looking for a new home.
A home visit will be arranged to ensure that the cat rescue can find a cat that fits your circumstances. Home visits are also a chance for you to ask questions and discuss the ins and outs of homing a cat.
After the home visit the rescue staff will try to find you the cat that they think will be best suited to you and your lifestyle.
On collection day you may be asked to pay a small fee or offered the chance to make a donation to help with the cat rescue center. The rescue center will be there for you for further advice and support if tou ever need it.
Cat Supply Checklist
- Premium-brand cat food
- Food dish
- Water bowl
- Interactive toys
- Safety cat collar with ID tag
- Scratching post or scratching pad
- Litter box
- Cat carrier
- Cat bed or box with warm blanket or towel
The No-No List
Do not feed your cat the following:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Grapes & raisins
- Moldy or spoiled food
- Onions, garlic & chives
- Poultry bones
- Salt & salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems & unripe fruit
- Yeast dough