Canterbury and District Cats Protection
If you have or are about to adopt one of our lovely cats then you may find the following information useful to read BEFORE you pick up your new feline friend. This is to give new cat owners some basic guidance and advice so that you and kitty have a happy long life together. So, make yourself a cuppa and take a few minutes to have a read..
Settling in – Some cats will need time to settle. It is best to start them off in one room (preferably in the room that you intend to keep the litter tray to avoid confusion). You can then gradually introduce them to more of the house as they become comfortable with the room they are in. Allow them to sniff around and try to keep everything calm and quiet. A quiet area where the cat is able to hide and be left alone is very important. Feliway plug-ins (see www.feliaway.co.uk much cheaper on line then through vets) can help to keep the cat relaxed.
Introducing to existing pets – It is vital that introducing your new cat to existing pets must be done gradually. The cat must become settled into their new surroundings first before meeting other house mates. Whilst they are settling in you may want to swap material between new and existing pets that will have their scent on them, this will help them to recognise one another when they do finally meet. Being able to see one another without actually having contact will also help them to get used to each other. Your new arrival should have plenty of time and space to get used to all the changes and your existing pet should have as little changed to their routine as possible. When they do finally meet they should both be able to run/hide if they so wish. Dogs should be kept on a lead to begin with. Introducing should be done over weeks and months not minutes and hours.
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Keeping in – We would always recommend that the cat continues to remain indoors for about 4 weeks. If the cat is still nervous within the home then you should extend this time before allowing the cat outside. Cats that are allowed outside before they have become accustomed to the home have more tendencies to roam off, and may not return. Before you let your new puss cat out, make sure you have received the microchip certificate(more details below) so you know that your new feline has his/her chip now registered with you, should puss go AWOL.
Safety indoors – Be aware of areas that the cat may come to harm indoors. Not allowing your cat to jump on the work tops will help to make sure they do not walk across hot oven rings. Putting a fire guard in front of a fire will ensure inquisitive cats do not attempt to climb up chimney breasts!. Lillies are toxic to cats so avoid having them around especially young kittens. Make sure that all medication meant for people is kept well out the way of cats. If you wish to put a collar on your cat please only use safety release collars NOT elastic, buckle or flea collars that can lead to terrible collar injuries. Also make sure that it is correctly fit not too big or small and can be adjusted as the kitten gets older.
Litter & trays – You should always make sure your cat’s litter tray is kept in a quiet, private location. It should also be kept away from their feeding station. The litter should be cleaned out at least twice a day and completely changed and washed at least once a week. Cats like to dig around in their litter so it should be a good 2 cm deep. It is best to use the same litter that the cat is already used to, so please make sure you know what this is before bringing the cat home. If you want to change the type of litter at any time this needs to be done gradually to avoid confusion; you can mix the two different litters together and slowly decrease the old one and increase the new one. In multi cat households consider having extra litter trays to avoid cats having to share.
Location of food – The food bowl should be kept in a quiet location; some cats actually prefer their food and water dishes away from each other. If you have more then one cat its sometimes a good idea to have two bowls located in different areas of the house. Diet - Please make sure you know what diet your cats are currently being fed; diets that are changed suddenly may result in upset stomachs. Prescribed diets should only ever be changed by a vet. Please make sure that your cat is only given water to drink. Milk can be a laxative to some cats. Senior cats benefit from senior food (dry and wet) and it preferable (but no essential) to continue to feed kittens, kitten food (wet or dry) at least until five months old.
Letting out – To build up your cat’s confidence outside it helps to let him/her out for the first time before a meal, walk around with them for a short time and then bring them in. You can repeat this process until you feel happy about letting them out unsupervised.
Safety outdoors – Please monitor cats around possible hazards, ponds may need covering, and drains should also be kept covered. If you live on or near a busy road you should always encourage the cat to remain out the back. You can do this by never letting the cat out the front door, and blocking off certain areas to make it harder for the cat to get round to the front, such as side alleys etc.
Flea & Worm treatment – Your cat or kitten will have been given treatment to protect them against fleas, worms and other parasites. It is important to continue with the regime on a regular basis and we will let you know when they are next due on collection. We advise that you buy these products from your vets so that you can be assured they are the correct treatment to use for your cat and will give them the best protection. Cats and kittens which are not treated to protect them against certain parasites may become very unwell. Take a moment to read the Cats Protection leaflet “Fleas and worming treatment”
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Neutering – It is Cats Protection policy to have your cat neutered. This may have already been done by the branch depending on age. If a kitten is too young to be neutered in our care, it will then be down to you as the owner to arrange the operation and we do check that this has been carried out. Neutering can be costly but does vary from vet to vet and will cost more for a female spay, it would be a good idea to investigate costs before taking on this responsibility.
Annual Vaccination – It is important to continue to vaccinate your cat annually. You can currently vaccinate against Flu, Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia. If you ever need to use a cattery they will only accept cats which are fully up to date with their vaccines. Insurance – Your cat will come with 4 weeks free insurance cover with PetPlan. Cats Protection does recommend pet insurance as good pet ownership so it is recommended to carry on with a pet insurance policy after the 4 weeks. PetPlan will write to you when the free period of cover is coming to an end.. Please read your terms and conditions leaflet for full details.
CP Support – You may need to consider what you would do if you were no longer able to care for your cat due to a change in circumstance. Cats Protection may be able to help if a situation arises where you are no longer able to keep your cat. Unfortunately we are unable to board cats for a period of time. Please also consider what you will do with your cat when you are away. You may want to ask your vet to recommend a good cattery or have a friend ready who is local and can pet-sit.
Microchip and vet check – Please note that your cat will have been micro-chipped and would have seen a vet prior to being adopted. We register our rehomed cats with the details you originally completed your “Adoption Enquiry Form” with. Once registered you will receive a certificate from the microchop company (Identichip) and you will be able to change detail to the online record via your log in details for a short period of time. However, if your circumstances change and the details need to be updated in the future then you will need to contact the Identichip to be able to amend the details. There may be a charge involved in this. It is VERY important that micro chipping details are up to date especially if you have moved or have rehomed the cat.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. We can be contacted us on 01227 360432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember you will need a good sturdy basket lined with paper and a soft towel or blanket for the journey home. In our experience TOP OPENING baskets are the best and please make sure that if you are adopting a big chunky puss cat that you do not purchase a really small cat basket, they will not like going into it!
You will need to allow time to fill out some paper-work when you come to collect your cat.
We have an adoption fee of £60 per cat/kitten over four months and under four months £50 per kitten. Donations on top are much appreciated and will help the many cats and kittens still needing our care. Thank you very much for adopting your cat(s) from Cats Protection and we wish you many happy years with your new companion.
People that wish to consider who may be able to look after their animals in event of their death, may wish to have a look at the CP "Cat Guardian" scheme. For details please download the Cat Guardian registration form. Please also check out the "news" article on this website regarding Cat Guardians.