Does Your Cat Need Another Home?
The reasons that lead some cat “owners” to decide their cat needs a new home are numerous and varied. Often though, with a little knowledge, some determination and a dedication to your furry family member, these reasons can be worked through. This section is dedicated to helping solve these problems so you and your cat can stay together. It also includes suggestions about what to do if you still need to find another home for your cat. Before we explore this though, if you are instead wanting to assist with a cat that is not “yours”, and you are unable to offer it a home yourself, please click here. Or perhaps you are wanting to assist with a cat that is not people-friendly. If this is the case, please click here.
Now, let’s explore ways we can assist a cat that is “yours”. Please, for your cat companions’ sake, look through what follows, find your reason and carefully consider the information provided as well as the impact on your cat, yourself and your family. While we do understand there can be extenuating circumstances that leave you and your cat no choice, we urge you to consider what your furry family member will experience if you do decide to find him/her another home.
· Your cat will suddenly be without the love and companionship of the people it has come to love and depend on – and it won’t know why.
· Your cat will experience time spent in a cage in a foreign environment – full of sights, sounds, smells it has not experienced before and it will be frightened – and it doesn’t have you to turn to for comfort.
· It will have to interact with a large number of people it doesn’t know while it is being taken care of and considered for adoption. Hopefully it will find a good home that will accept it with all its quirks and flaws and love it regardless.
· Your cat will either be adopted or it may be euthanized, depending on who you have chosen to assist with finding a new home (The Rescue House does not euthanize). Please carefully investigate.
· If it is adopted, it may or may not like its new home and may or may not be taken care of as you have.
Finding another home takes time and is traumatic for your kitty who just wants to be back in its’ home.
Please carefully consider your decision to put your cat through this. Oftentimes, problems can be resolved. We hope you are willing to explore the following resources that can help you and your cat remain together.
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The Rescue House will try to assist cats and kittens that are social and people-friendly, whenever we can. If your cat was adopted from The Rescue House, we will always assist in finding it another home. Contact us at (760) 736-9040 to leave a message. All other requests for assistance finding homes are addressed on a case-by-case basis and our ability to assist depends largely on whether we have space available. Contact us at (760) 736-9040 to leave a message; your call will be returned within 48 hours IF we can assist. We also suggest you contact Other Rescue Groups as they might be able to assist if we can not.
Please remember that cats cannot fend for themselves. There is a far too prevalent belief among many people that cats can fend for themselves. A cat that is dependent upon people for its food, water and shelter cannot survive well or long on its own if left outside or abandoned. It does not have the skills or instincts developed that will enable it to live.
Questions you may be asked, or might want to ask, if you would like The Rescue House to find a home for a cat:
If The Rescue House can assist, what does it require of the cats it takes in and the people we assist?
The cat will need to be tested for FeLV and FIV and show negative results. This test can be performed by your own vet or any of the veterinarians that work with The Rescue House. We rely on donations to continue our rescue work and we may ask you to pay for this test if you are financially able to do so. Unfortunately, if either of these test results are positive, we no longer have the resources to accept these cats.
Donations are always welcome. While The Rescue House does not charge a fee to take in a cat and find it a new home (unlike the majority of rescue groups and shelters), we do very much appreciate donations, as that is what allows us to continue to help cats and their people.
Can you keep this cat until The Rescue House has space in an Adoption
· Has the cat adjusted to comfortably living life with a family?
· Does the cat seek and enjoy interactions with humans?
· Will the cat be able to "handle" being in a cage at an Adoption Center where there are a lot of people visiting and a good amount of “busy-ness”?
Is the cat
emotionally able to handle interactions with the different number of people
that will care for it, or is it comfortable only with one person?
If the answer is no to any of these questions, neither The Rescue House, other domestic cat rescue groups or the shelters will be able to assist. Shelters euthanize feral cats as they consider them “unadoptable”. To help cats that are not people-friendly, please contact the Feral Cat Coalition at (619) 758-9194; their website provides a wealth of information, guidance and suggestions as to how to assist this special group of cats.
Do you have some? If you have a litter of kittens, The Rescue House will try to help. We will ask that you have the mother cat spayed (or we might assist if you are financially unable to do so). If our foster homes are full, we may also ask if you can keep the kittens until they are at least 8 weeks of age, at which time they are old enough for us to take care of their medical needs and find them good homes, when space becomes available. While you might be able to find homes on your own, an experienced rescue group can take care of the medicals the kittens need and can carefully screen to ensure the homes your kittens go to are those where the kittens will be well cared for; homes where those who adopt them do so because they seriously want a cat and are committed to its care for a lifetime; not those homes that want a kitten because it is “cute”.
Have you found tiny babies? If you have found a litter of tiny kittens, most likely there is a mother cat somewhere caring for them; she is probably just out hunting for their food. If the kittens you find are tiny and seem reliant on Mom cat to keep them warm and nurse them, check their body temperature (yes, you can touch them but carefully and only to see if they feel warm). If they feel warm, watch (from a distance) to see if Mom cat returns.
If the kittens look sick or weak, immediately place them in something very warm and rush them to the vet. If they feel cold, or if Mom cat doesn’t return within an hour or two, pick them up and warm them up. The easiest way to do this is by taking a small plastic water bottle and filling it with hot water (or rice heated until it is very warm). Wrap this bottle in a towel or sock and place the kittens next to it. Surround the kittens with warm towels or blankets. Then call (760) 736-9040 and leave a message (which may not be able to be returned in a timely enough manner), so please take them to a vet right away.
If the kittens get cold, they will very rarely survive so keeping them warm is first and critical. Only after they are warm should you consider carefully trying to feed them if you can and know what and how to - and/or take them to a vet. As wonderful as it may seem to be able to rescue a litter of kittens that appear to be on their own, it is seldom the case that they are and they do much better with their Mom until they are at least old enough to eat on their own.
Have you found cute kittens? Usually kittens found outside are not used to people. If the kittens are eating on their own, you may want to try to catch them and keep them inside and get them used to people. When kittens are born outside without the benefit of people-interaction, they quite quickly get the idea that people are to be feared. If a kitten hisses, spits, runs and hides, chances are it is a feral kitten that has been raised by its mother to believe that humans are dangerous, keep away!! Once they get that idea, they often do not accept people. As a general guideline, once kittens born in this environment approach 6 – 8 weeks of age, taming them takes time and may or may not be successful. (How can you tell how old a kitten is? Click here http://www.angelfire.com/il/kimlance/development.html) The Rescue House can sometimes assist when the kittens are under 6 weeks of age (eyes are usually still blue).
If the kittens are over 6 weeks of age, The Rescue
House will not be able to accept them. IF you wish to take in
kittens over 6 weeks of age and try to tame them so they are very
comfortable with people, then, at that point, we may be able to
assist in finding them homes. However, if you do decide to do this, please
be aware that it takes a lot of “hands-on” time and even then some or all of
these kittens may not become people-friendly and adoptable. The rate of
successfully "turning" a feral kitten into a socialized, people-friendly cat
drops dramatically after 6 weeks of age.
Thank you for taking the time to care, the time to read and consider the above information and suggestions, and the time to help our special cat friends.