When you adopt a cat there are many responsibilities and lifestyle adjustments to consider. We will provide you with a reference packet after you adopt, but the following are some general points to keep in mind while making your decision.
__ All cats require a veterinary exam, a series of vaccinations, and regular grooming. Your cat will have been given their initial vaccinations with the exception of Rabies. But kittens may require additional vaccinations depending upon their age and length of stay in our shelter.
__ Cats are not routinely tested for feline leukemia but will be at your request once you are approved to adopt. If you do not have them tested here, please separate your new cat from any existing family cats until you schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Also, keep your new cat inside. The sooner you have your new cat tested, the quicker they can be integrated into your household.
__ While we prefer for all cats to be indoor cats, at a minimum newly adopted cats should be kept indoors for at least the first few weeks in order to grow familiar with their new surroundings. During this period, the new house pet should be supervised and carefully socialized with other pets and children, as well as getting to know you.
__ Litter pans should be kept clean and in a quiet place.
__ Your cat, especially young ones, benefit from casual exercise, so try to make play time available every day. Scratching may occur so keep their claws trimmed, but please don't have them removed. This has psychological repercussions on your cat's life. Contact us and/or your veterinarian for advice if you have persistent behavioral problems.
__ Your cat's I.D. tag is one of the main ways your new pet can find his/her way home if he/she gets lost. A collar with identification attached is strongly recommended for all cats, indoors or outdoors.
We hope that every adoption is permanent. However, if you experience problems with your new pet that you feel cannot be corrected, please return the pet to us.