Every cat lover at a time or another finds himself needing to find a house for a stray cat or lost kitten. Let us face it; we are “marked” by our friends who know our love for these magnificent beings. Even the stray cats themselves can smell us a mile away, and like iron is attracted to a magnets, they will come to find us if they need help.
Our soft hearts will not permit us to neglect them, so what can we do? If you have been a lover of cats for a while, you probably already have a standard of what you would consider “A good home” for the adoptee. But how exactly go about finding one?
Step 1: Find out if it has any previous owners
Step one would be to get the word on the street. If you found the cat as a stray, your first task is to see if it has an owner and, if so, return them to their original owner. Hand flyers out to next-door neighbors, advertisements in the paper, as well as “word-of-mouth” might offer to inform the owners of the whereabouts of their lost family pet. In our age of social media, putting a post up on Facebook would also help.
While some description of the stray cat’s particular characteristics in question will undoubtedly be essential for this purpose, however, leave several of the identifying features of the stray cat for the caller to provide. For example, the cat owner needs to recognize that Kitty has three, not two, white socks, a ginger spot on his nose, or a striped tail. Keeping the cat away from the hands of those who desire a “cost-free” family pet is essential. They may not have the very best objectives for the animal. If you have determined that the previous owner can not be found, or that there was no former owner, it is time to look for a new home for the cat.
If family and friends are currently having their hands full with other felines, a little publicity and marketing may be needed. Bear in mind, never point out that the cat is a stray and comes free in the ad. It is always advisable to request some reasonable fees to ensure that only serious cat owners would come knocking.
Step 2: Due Dilligence
The next step is the telephone screening. Please don’t skip this very vital step, as it is a lot easier to share with a prospective adopter that you do not think that the cat would fit well in his home, over the telephone, than it is to communicate this to his face while he is in your living room. (You can word your thoughts much more delicately, like “I just do not believe this is the ideal cat for you”).
Questions to ask:
Right here are some good questions to ask to help you identify the type of residence the caller would provide for the cat:
- Have you had cats before? What occurred to them? Their answers to these questions will give you a good sense regarding this potential habitation and the treatment they intend to provide the new animal.
- Do you rent out or possess your residence? If the answer is “rent out,” they need to obtain an official “ok” from the property manager.
- Do you have children? What are their ages? If you seek a home for a young kitty, and the household has children under five years old, this may not be the most practical arrangement. Some adult pet cats do take well with children either. Ensure that this is not to be simply a play-thing for the youngsters, but a family member whose well-being will be safeguarded by the adults in the family members.
- Do you plan to have the cat spayed/neutered? You may choose to have the cat operated on prior to placing them in a brand-new house. Otherwise, ensure that you get a guaranteed “yes, certainly,” to this inquiry. Also much better, obtain it in writing.
- Do you intend to declaw the lost cat? Several cat adopters will not declaw the cat if they are told what the procedure entails and understand how some cats how unfriendly behaviors and habits after the operation. In this case, the new family should have their house ready to welcome the new member and preferably even have some of their table and chair legs covered with a suitable Sisal Cat Scratch Protector. I would undoubtedly suggest “The Still-Pristine Siscal Cat Scratch Mat” by KittyNook.
- Do you intend to allow the cat to go outside? The “appropriate” answer relies on how you feel about their place and also the neighborhood they live in. In the end, having the cat’s best interest at heart should be of paramount importance. Most animal sanctuaries that take on to people who stay in the suburbs firmly insist that their adoptees should be “inside-only” cats.
Be friendly and also helpful with prospective adopters, however, be meticulous. Ask to see a driver’s license. Getting recommendations from people who know the adopter, including the person’s vet, if they do have one would give an idea of the home cat is going to. You may decide to have a written adoption contract drafted up similar to those used by humane societies. If so, be sure to provide one copy with your name and telephone number on it to the adopter to take residence and maintain a signed duplicate for your records.
Trust me, all this work will be worth it. Check out the video below of this guy who is on a mission to re-home 50 kittens! What a Sweetheart!
You’ll understand that it’s all worth the hard work when you see the little furball go home with his happy, caring family. Now do not neglect the final and crucial step of checking in with the household. A couple of days later and again in a few weeks to see exactly how the feline is adjusting is an excellent time to do so. Of course, tell the new adopter you will take the cat/kitten back if they feel that it is not a correct fit.