What is the difference between a branch and adoption centre?
Our cats are either in one of our adoption centres (often referred to as ‘shelters’) or in one of our volunteer-run branches. Adoption centres are buildings with multiple cat pens, run by staff and volunteers. You’ll be able to visit the cats there at any time during opening hours, with no appointments necessary.
A branch is a group of volunteers, who do very much the same work as our centres – they take cats into care who need to find a home and re-home them. These cats are looked after by volunteer fosterers with a cat pen in their garden, or in a specially adapted spare room in their house.
I live in a flat or small building.Can I still adopt a cat?
If you live somewhere with minimal access to the outdoors, you may still be able to adopt a cat. Cats that have to remain indoors for health issues such as poor vision or FIV still make great companions. Some older or more timid cats can often live as an indoor cat very successfully. There are products that can be used to screen windows so that you can safely provide your cat with fresh air. Remember to never let your cat out onto a narrow ledge or balcony, as heights are a risk for all animals.
I live near a main road. Can I adopt a cat?
All cats are different, and you may find that you’re still able to adopt a cat in this circumstance. Talk through your situation with someone from your local branch or centre and they’ll be able to advise you further. For example, they may have a cat that would suit an indoor lifestyle or who will be happier staying close to home.
Would it be better to adopt a male or female cat?
Both male and female cats make great pets, and there are only a few differences between them. The main differences between the genders are:
• Males are usually slightly larger than females
• Unneutered males can develop habits such as wandering away from home, urine spraying and fighting
• Unneutered females can be very vocal when they come into season.
They can also become pregnant early in their lives. This is why Cats Protection will neuter all cats, both males and females, before they go home (or in the case of young kittens provide the new owners with the means to neuter via a local vet as soon as the kitten is big enough).
Neutering is a kind act as it prevents many unwanted behaviours and unwanted kittens Wondering whether you should get a male or female cat if you already have a cat at home? If you have a neutered and sociable male cat, a young neutered female may be a good choice to have the best choice of avoiding conflict.