More about adopting

Ready to adopt?

A couple with their TortieIf you’re thinking about offering a home to a Cats Protection cat or kitten that’s great news! There is a lot to think about, but we are here to make the adoption process as smooth as possible and hopefully to take away some of the worries from what can be an emotional time.

One of our main objectives is to find good homes for all of the cats in our care. We want to make sure that the cat coming into your life is the right cat for you, your family, your lifestyle and your plans for the future.

For example, you will need to consider whether you can look after a cat for up to 20 years and if you are prepared to take him to the vet at least once a year for a check up and vaccination. There are other expenses such as feeding, litter and insurance while you will also need to make sure your cat is looked after if you go on holiday.

This all makes the process of settling your new family member into their new home that much easier and meana you have the very best chance of a long and happy life together.

How to adopt a cat

If you have thought carefully about adopting a cat and now feel ready to give one of our cats a caring home, it's time to take the next step.  If you have found a cat or kitten which looks suitable on our website, call us to find out more or let us know the type of feline you would like to share your home. 

Prior to adoption, all of our cats (over 4 months old) will have been neutered, vet-checked, vaccinated and microchipped.

Home Visits
Our branch carries out home visits prior to homing.  This is an opportunity for any questions or problems to be discussed. All prospective new owners must live in a home situated in a safe area for the cat.
Download a copy of the Having a Home Visit document.

Adoption fee
The Branch Adoption fee is £60.00 per cat or kitten.  If a kitten has not been neutered prior to adoption a nuetering voucher will be given.

All our cats and kittens are seen by a vet, given flea and worm treatment, microchipped, vaccinated (the branch covers the cost of the second vaccine if the cat has not completed the full course, as long as you attend the same vet), and if old enough will be neutered.  As you will appreciate this adoption fee does not cover these costs.  When an adult cat leaves Cats Protection the costs will be approximatley £200.  A kitten will cost almost the same and sometimes more!
We do ask that if you feel able to make a donation on top of the fee that would, of course, be gratefully received.  We are able to claim Gift Aid if you pay tax. 

From time to time we also have feral cats that need outside homes. Many feral or barn cats are useful for rodent control on farms and stables.  Please call if you can offer one of these ferals a home, they deserve a new start in life as well.