Post Adoption Help and Advice - Adult Cat
When you first adopt your cat you will need to help them settle into their new home - meeting the family, exploring the surroundings and even venturing into the great outdoors. A change in environment is stressful for a cat and it can take a while before your cat feels settled. Take one step at a time, be patient, and always work at the cat’s pace when letting them adjust to their new home. Your cat may want to hide or quietly explore the house when they first arrive, don’t worry as they may take time to adjust. After an hour or so, you’ll be able to approach your cat by calling their name - let the cat come to you. Once your cat seems comfortable with you, you can introduce them to the rest of the family.
Cats need a balanced diet that is rich in meat proteins. Complete cat foods provide everything your cat needs. By choosing good quality complete cat food from a reputable brand, your cat should get all the nutrients they need. Complimentary cat foods such as treats can be given occasionally, include them as part of your cats daily ration so that they don’t gain weight. Dry foods can be more practical because they can be left out all day, and they help maintain healthy teeth and gums. However if your cat ever has a medical problem (a urinary condition) and requires extra water, your vet may recommend only feeding wet food. Always check the label on your chosen food for advice on quantities to give your cat. Wet foods are available in a wide array of flavours, and may appeal to fussy cats. Cats tend to eat lots of small meals through out the day. Fresh wet food should be replaced at least twice daily, and dry food at least once daily.
We vaccinate all cats against cat flu, enteritis and leukaemia when they are at least 9 weeks old and initially they require two injections three weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster. We will inform you whether your cat has had one or both of its injections (depending on how long it has been with us) and when its next injection/booster is due.
WORMING & FLEA TREATMENTS
Your cat will be wormed and de-fleaed by Cats Protection and you will be given the dates for when these treatments are due again. Adult cats need to be wormed every three months. They need to be de-fleaed every month, the help prevent infestations in the home. There are a wide range of products available in the shops, but not all are effective. Your vet will be able to advise you on the most safe and effective treatment for your cat.
Once your cat is secure and happy in their environment, only then can you allow them to explore outdoors. This can take between three and four weeks. Ensure you keep doors and windows closed to prevent escape. When you first let them out go with them, and make sure they know the way back into the house. Let them out on an empty stomach just before their next meal, you can then tempt them back with food, so they’ll get used to going back to the house more freely.
Your cat will have been neutered while in Cats Protection care, or may have been neutered by a previous owner.
Your cat comes with 4 weeks free insurance through Pet Plan but you have to pay the first £85 of any vet bill yourself. Pet Plan will write to you after the 4 weeks to see if you wish to continue the insurance for your cat. We do recommend that you take out insurance as you are responsible for all vet bills from when the cat leaves our care.
Your cat needs a comfy bed to sleep in, but a cardboard box and plenty of blankets will do. They will also no doubt choose where they want to sleep! A litter tray is obviously essential, the bigger the tray, the better. Place trays in a quiet location, away from their bed, food and water bowls. Scoop out any solid waste daily, and replace the litter completely each week. Providing your cat with a scratching post kept near their bed is often a good idea, as it helps keep their claws in good condition and helps them mark their territory. We recommend getting your cat used to a quick release or safety collar so that it can be easily identified when you start letting it out. Make sure their collar fits correctly, two fingers should fit snugly underneath it when the cat is wearing it, to ensure safety and comfort. You will also need a cat carrier for those trips to the vet, or when travelling with your cat. The ideal carrier should be strong, lightweight, secure and easy to clean.
Your cat will be microchipped before leaving us, and you will received registration documents a few weeks after you have adopted your cat.
CATS PROTECTION HELP AND ADVICE
We hope this information helps you and your cat enjoy your new life together, but should you need any further help or advice please contact us at North Wirral Branch on 0345 260 1376
You will also find lots of help and advice on the National Cats Protection website. In the Cat Care advice section you will find vet-approved advice on everything from Getting a Cat, Cat Behaviour, Diet, Home environment, Health, Vaccinations, Keeping your cat safe and lots more.
Information Source: www.cats.org.uk