Adopt a cat

There are a number of reasons why cats come into our care.  Some are thrown out, when their owners are tired of the responsibility of owning a cat.  Others are left behind when people move home and forced to fend for themselves, picking up food when and if they can.
When there is a bereavement in the family, sometimes no one is able to give the cat a home.  We are quite happy to try to find homes for cats in these circumstances, but because of lack of space and resources, it is not always possible for us to take the cat into our care.  If a family is willing to feed the cat and look after its welfare, we generally are able to advertise the cat on our website, or other cat welfare websites, to assist with the rehoming of the cat.  
Older cats are often overlooked when people are looking to give a cat a home.  The best about adopting an older cat is that they are more settled and are less likely to wander than their younger counterparts.  Please do consider an older cat too when looking to adopt a cat.

Shy or nervous cats so often get overlooked too, yet these can be the most loyal and loving of pets once you have gained their trust. Please do consider giving a loving and patient home to an unsure cat.
Cats Protection used to ask for a donation – so why do we now ask for a fee?

Asking for a fee rather than a donation means we can make the money we receive go further and to fall in with Government guidelines in claiming VAT back on certain items.  We here in the Tain & District Branch of  Cats Protection in the North of Scotland now ask for an Adoption Fee of £40.00 per cat. If you rehome more than one cat at any one time, the fee is £60. All the cats in our care are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before being rehomed. This money is used by us  to further our cat welfare work. If you feel able to make a donation on top of the adoption fee, we would ofcourse be delighted and would help us claim back Gift Aid as well. All this means we can help cat after cat in the future . We know in the present climate, things are difficult, but would like to thank you for your decision in giving one of the cats in our care the chance of a new home.

Do other animal welfare charities charge a fee?

All the other major animal welfare charities charge a fee, including SSPCA, Dogs Trust and The Blue Cross. While smaller local charities may not charge, it is worth remembering all the benefits that choosing a CP cat provides; full health checks and a period of free insurance.

Is the fee we charge the same at every branch or centre?

There will  be some differences in the fee from branch to branch and centre to centre. This is because some branches have to pay more for veterinary treatment than others, and may have higher costs when looking after cats. What will be the same across the charity is the dedicated love, care and attention that we devote to cats to make them ready for a loving new home. Every cat from us will have received a health check, flea, roundworm and tapeworm treatments and at least one vaccination against cat flu and enteritis. They will also have been neutered if relevant. Your fee doesn’t cover all these costs but will help us towards paying them! You’ll also be entitled to take out the free period of insurance whichever branch or centre you visit.

What happens if my cat falls ill after I get him/her home? Can I get my money back?

We  will do everything we can to help you should you have problems with your cat. We will let you know should your cat have any pre-existing illnesses before you take him/her home and we do this because we want to make sure they are cared for and receive the right veterinary treatment. We always offer support once you have taken your cat home.

I can’t afford the adoption fee, but would love to rehome a CP cat. Can I still have one?

Obviously owning a cat comes with regular costs for food, accessories and vet bills. As a charity we have to be very mindful of our finances but, of course, we are always grateful to anyone who can rehome one of our cats. We will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.

Thank you again for choosing Cats Protection and for all your support. We are sure you and your new cat will have a happy and fulfilling life together

Some of the cats in our care may not yet be on our website. If you are looking for a feline companion, please contact us on 0345 371 2737