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Why rehome your cat with Cats Protection?

10 September 2020
Why rehome your cat with Cats Protection? At our branch, we have noticed an increasing amount of people putting their pets up for rehoming on social media and online selling sites. Some pets are advertised as free, while others ask for a payment.

Whilst we understand that this is, at times, a faster way to rehome your pet, or that you may want to save your local rehoming centre the hassle of another animal, we encourage you to reach out to your local Cats Protection branch when thinking of rehoming your cat.

Please read this article to understand why you should choose reputable charities when looking to rehome your pet.

What does rehoming through Cats Protection look like?

If you are looking to rehome your pet, for whatever reason, you can contact your nearest branch to discuss this. We will then discuss your cat’s needs with you and the reason for rehoming. This will help us understand how we can care for your cat before we find them a new home. Depending on space within the branch and how urgently you need to give away your cat, we may either admit the cat immediately or put them on a waiting list.

When your cat is admitted, we will conduct vet and behavioural checks. If your cat is not neutered or microchipped, these procedures will also be done. Because we are a small branch, without a physical rehoming centre, the cat will be taken into the care of one of our trained fosterers. The majority of the cats will be kept indoors within a home environment, to minimize stress and make the transition easier for the feline.

We will then assess whether the cat is ready for adoption. Following this check, we will either work with your cat until it is suitable for adoption (e.g. if it has behavioural issues), or we will start looking for the right home for the cat right away.

Our rehoming procedures give the cat the best chance of settling into their new home. We carefully review a potential adopter’s experience, living circumstances and lifestyle to see whether the cat is the right fit for them. Some factors we consider are whether the cat needs outdoor access and whether they can live with young children or other pets.

After the cat is rehomed, we are on hand at any time if the adopter needs advice or assistance with their new cat. In very rare cases, if the cat doesn’t settle in well, we will take the cat back into our care and look for a new home that is more suited to its needs.

Overall, it is important to emphasise that we do not rehome cats lightly. We carefully check the new owner to give the cat the best chance of settling into their new home. Therefore, when signing your cat over to us, you can be sure that we will do all things possible to make sure they find a loving new home.

What are the dangers of rehoming through social media and online selling sites?

Despite bans on animal trading on social media, these adverts still appear. They have been banned for a reason: the trade of these animals is uncontrolled and the animals can often get into the wrong hands.

You must consider who will be the potential new owner of your pet, and how you will check whether their household is suitable for your cat. For example, are you sure that the person is legitimate and isn’t going to sell your pet on, reproduce from them (if they are not neutered) or use them as bait? You may ask in-depth questions or even conduct your own home check, but you might miss some things out which are standard procedures for rehoming centres.

Please also be wary of ‘animal organisations’ which are not registered charities or which do not have any credible information on the internet about them. Whilst some may be genuine rescues, you should stay cautious and rehome with a well-established, local rehoming centre when possible.

What to do if you want to rehome your cat?

Get in touch with your local branch to discuss signing over your cat. Unless there is a long waiting list, your cat should be admitted soon after. Sometimes, adoption centres have a waiting list for adoption so, if your cat does not suffer from behavioural or health issues, it may already have a new home waiting for it.