Are you ready to adopt? (A Must-Read)
We are very fond of our furry little charges and very particular about the homes they go to because they must be forever. So please take a moment to read and consider the following.
Your relationship with your four-footed friend may well last longer than your various relationships with the two-footed variety. During the 20 odd years that you will spend with your cat, you may change jobs, move, get married or divorced, have children, have children grow up and leave home. Cats are very attached and devoted to their owners and their home (it may not seem like it at times, but it's true!) Many cats are turned into shelters because of lifestyle changes and many of them die of depression. Don't let one of these events cause you to abandon or give away your cat. They rely on you and deserve to be treated with love, kindness and respect.
Is the timing right?
Think about where your life is headed and how your lifestyle might affect your pet. Many landlords do not welcome pets, which limits your housing choices if you rent your home. Also, if you plan on purchasing a townhome or condominium, many strata councils do not allow pets, which will again limit your choice of a home. If you are not prepared to work around this, then this is not the right time for you to adopt.
Can you afford a cat?
Your relationship with your cat may last for 20 years and you're the one footing the bill. The adoption fee helps VOKRA cover the cost of the cat's first vet check, first vaccination, and spaying/neutering. However, after you adopt a cat, you'll need to purchase basic household equipment, such as grooming tools, litter boxes, a cat carrier and scratch posts. On a regular basis, you'll have to pay for food, litter, and veterinary care, including routine examinations, dental care, and treatment for sickness or injury.Pet insurance is very reasonable for indoor cats and one illness will have made it worthwhile.
Are any members of your household allergic to cats?
Unfortunately, some people just can't live in a home with a cat. It's unfair not only to the person with allergies but also to the cat to initiate a relationship that will be cut short. You should make every effort before you decide to adopt a cat to be sure that no one in your household is allergic. Everyone should spend time handling the cat you have chosen in the environment in which it has been living.
How many hours do you spend away from home?
Many healthy adult cats can thrive in a busy, working household and are not terribly put out by the occasional weekend on their own, but it's not a good idea to leave any cat for more than 12 hours on a daily basis. The less companionship you provide for your cat, the less companionable it will be. When choosing a cat for a working household, keep in mind that kittens under four months should never be left alone for more than four hours at a time. A cat alone all day tends to sleep, which means it will be awake all night. A great solution is to get two kittens: they play together when you are away and keep each other company.
Do you travel often?
Most cats hate to travel, so you will have to hire a cat sitter when you plan to be away. Cats left alone for long periods of time can get lonely, and those with fastidious litter box habits may begin to eliminate elsewhere when the box becomes more soiled than usual. We can refer you to a number of pet sitters who will come in and care for your cats while you are away.
Do you have children?
Most cats get along well with children. Some cats only accept the children in their own household, while other cats are uncomfortable around any child under the age of seven or so. A very young kitten is defenseless against a small child. Contrary to popular opinion they do not "grow up" together, and you wind up with a neurotic kitten afraid of your child. If you have a child under seven, you should consider a kitten no younger than 14 weeks. If you plan on having children in the future, your cat will accept your baby, but there may be an adjustment period.
Do you have other pets?
Cats that have been exposed to dogs earlier in life are more likely to accept canine housemates than cats that have never lived with a dog. Smaller pets such as guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, mice and fish must be kept in a safe, enclosed enviroment. Cats are predatory by nature, so if you allow small animals to run free in your home, expect your cat to pursue them.
Are you prepared for the mess?
If you have a cat, you will have cat hair on your clothes and furniture. Virtually, all cats shed. By brushing your cat regularly, you can minimize the amount of hair that ends up in your home - or that your cat spits up in hairballs. Another mess to think about is the litter box. Cats can also cause minor damage by using furniture to give themselves manicures. You can limit this by keeping their nails blunt and providing suitable scratching posts.
Will my cat be happy inside?
The hazards of the outdoors? Abusive people, automobiles, rival cats, dogs, coyotes, raccoons, poisonous plants, infectious diseases and fleas to name a few, are compelling reasons to keep cats exclusively indoors. Indoor cats are unquestionably safer and healthier than outdoor cats. They don't endanger birds and other wildlife or bring home fleas or dead animals, nor do they need frequent visits to the veterinarian to treat injuries sustained with rival cats. An outdoor cat's average life expectancy is six to 10 years. An indoor cat's life expectancy is 16 to 20. We adopt to indoor homes only? No exceptions!
Now that you have read the above and you are sure that this is the right time to adopt a cat, please proceed to our adoption application.