DESTITUTE ANIMAL SHELTER
ADOPTING A CAT
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Most of our animals are strays and therefore we know nothing of their background. They need time to settle into a new home and come to trust their new family. Please give the cat a chance and follow these guidelines. Should you have any problems the Shelter staff will be happy to help you at any time after adoption.
IDENTIFICATION
Ensure that your cat is wearing a collar and identification disc at all times. Should the cat become lost then it can be returned to you. If your cat loses its disc we will replace it free of charge. You may also consider having your cat fitted with an "Identichip". This is an electronic identification device which is inserted beneath the skin of the cat's neck and can therefore never get lost as can a collar and disc. The insertion of the chip is quick, it does not hurt the cat and can be done at the Shelter (ask staff for details).

HEALTH
Your cat should be registered with a local Veterinary Surgeon as soon as possible. You will have been given a vaccination card which must be kept safely. If your cat has had only one vaccination, you should avoid all contact with other cats until 5 days after the second vaccination. If you have other cats yourself, your new cat will be safe as long as the other cats are fully vaccinated. Once your cat is vaccinated a yearly booster will be required.
We do our utmost to ensure that all cats are healthy when they leave us but we cannot give any guarantees. We are happy to give advice, but if you think your cat is ill you should consult a vet as soon as possible. The Shelter cannot be held responsible for any veterinary fees incurred after adoption.

NEUTERING
Your cat has probably already been neutered, but if it is under 6 months of age, it is too young to be done. We will therefore have provided you with a voucher towards the veterinary fees. It is important you ensure the neutering is carried out as soon as your vet advises. Also neutering will prevent unwanted kittens and prevent many of the male cat's more anti-social habits.

FEEDING
At the Shelter we have a variety of different feeding regimes. You would be well advised to continue with the same feed as your cat is used to.

  • Kittens under 4 months old - Whiskas kitten food, 4 small meals a day.
  • Cats from 4 months up to 10 years - Kit-e-Kat, twice per day. If you wish to change brands, do this over a 5 day period.
  • Older cats - tinned food but less for inactive cats.
    Always ensure there is fresh water available.

NB: Do not give milk to your cat as a substitute for water. Water is essential to a cat's diet and some cats are unable to digest the lactose in cows milk. Do not feed cows milk to a cat with a stomach upset as it may aggravate the condition.

RETURNING
Remember it may take weeks or sometimes months for a rescued cat to settle in fully. Please ring us for advice if you are concerned or you are having problems. If after a reasonable period of time the cat is still unsettled, it may be returned to us but please note we do require notice so that we can make sure we have space for it. We will also require the Vaccination Certificate and any unused vouchers to be returned. We will not be able to return your donation. If the cat has been with you for more than 3 months there will be a charge for re-homing it. Please note if you have allowed your cat's vaccinations to lapse, we will make a charge to cover the cost of re-vaccinating.