Rehoming

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About Adopting

* Please note: We only rehome our cats and kittens on the Isle of Wight. *

When you contact us wanting to adopt, we will guide you towards the cat/ kitten best suited to you, your lifestyle, and your home. We either carry out a home visit first or if you prefer, after you have visited the cats in our care.

The majority of our cats are in foster homes in various parts of the Island. We feel it is much nicer for them to be in a domestic setting while they wait for loving new homes and having lots of individual attention from their foster carers. We do like our prospective adopters to spend quality time with our rescues so their true characters can be seen, so you know whether they will suit you.

Once you have made your choice of who you would like to adopt, we then arrange to bring them to you so when they are first introduced to new surroundings, they have someone familiar with them, either myself and/or their ‘Foster Carer’; this really does give them the confidence they need when everything is new and strange to them. With nervous cats, we do ask you to visit them more than once so they start to get used to you before the adoption.

All our cats and kittens are screened for feline leukaemia and FIV, are neutered/spayed/vaccinated/microchipped/fleas & wormed and all necessary treatments e.g. blood testing for older cats – dentals – treatment if sick, injured or have skin conditions etc are also all carried out before rehoming.

Our cats and kittens arrive in their new home with samples of the food that is most suitable for them. This will last several days so you are able to purchase the same food for them, although ideally, you would have stocked up before their arrival. We also take the clean litter from their litter trays to use in their new home and they instantly relate to that as it holds their own scent. Favourite toys/ blanket will also go with them to their new home, in order to reassure them.

We like to keep in touch for the first month after adoption, either by phone or via email, Texting, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and we just love to receive photos and videos!

We will carry out a follow-up visit about 2-3 months after adoption, in fact, we stay in the background throughout your pet’s natural life and are always here for support and advice; nothing is ever too much trouble.

If you are unable to keep your adopted pet, we will take them back into our care, whether it be a few days or years. We ask you to agree never to pass them on to another person or rescue centre at any stage in their life.

Permanent Fostering

We do offer permanent fostering for our older cats who are 12 years or over.

You would pay for the day-to-day care e.g. food, cat litter, vaccinations, flea/worm treatments and we pay for any Vets Fees over and above this. If you are unable to take your foster cat to the Veterinary Surgery yourself, we will do this for you.

Temporary Fostering

We are regularly looking for temporary foster homes where a rescue cat/ kitten can be loved and looked after until a suitable home is found and any treatment completed. We provide all the food, cat litter, and litter tray, toys, scratch post, dishes, flea/worm treatments, etc, and will always deliver them to you. It is helpful if you can take your foster cat to the Vet for us when required, but not essential, and we will obviously pay for all their treatment.

Access

We ask for access via a cat flap during the day once your cat has been kept totally indoors for 3 weeks. Some cats will need longer than this and for kittens, we ask that they are kept indoors totally until they are fully vaccinated, neutered/spayed & microchipped and at least 5-6 months of age.

We also ask cats/kittens be kept in at night at all times for their own safety.

Holiday Periods

We advise you to board your pet at a reputable Boarding Cattery while you are away on holiday. Please go to our link page for recommendations.

Cats behave quite differently when their owners are away from home for any length of time. Some will stray and some will adopt a neighbour as they are missing human contact and interaction, this may result in them ‘sharing’ their time elsewhere even after you return from your break away.

If you can ask someone to move into your home, someone your pet knows, this is really the only safe alternative to a Boarding Cattery. They are then not only caring for your furry friend but also your home and your plants!

If you feel that you would like to adopt or foster one of our cats, please view our current list of cats that need loving homes by clicking here.