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10 Things You Might Want to Know About Cat Adoption Up Dated Feb 14 2014 !
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If you're not in a stable home or relationship; if you can barely make ends meet; if you don't have a good income; if you can't afford to spay it; if you can't see yourself still owning the cat in 15 years, please don't adopt a kitten. It's a true commitment, not just your entertainment.
1. Tips for Day One with Your New Cat / Kitten - There's lots you can do within in the first day to ease your new kitten / cat adoption into your home. When you arrive, select a quiet, closed-in area such as your bedroom or a small room away from the main foot traffic, and set it up with a litter box, bed, food and water. If you are adopting an adult cat, be sure that this "starter room" has locked screens, or keep the windows completely closed. If feasible, make the starter room the permanent location of the litter box. If you plan on having the permanent location of the litter box be elsewhere, you'll need two litter boxes. Please do consider the advantages of keeping your new cat indoors always — outdoor cats are exposed to disease, cat fights, being killed by dogs and other wild animals, and hit by cars. If you have other pets, don't introduce the new pet immediately. Let your new cat get to know and trust household members, before it must adjust to the entire home. For more on each of these tips visit our blog.
2. Introducing Cats & Kittens - Based on their age and personalities, you may take days or months to fully integrate your new cat adoption or kitten to your family pets. Generally it's believed the easiest introduction is when the new cat is younger, smaller, and of the opposite sex, but it really depends on the personalities and experiences of the felines involved. First always make sure each cat is healthy so that it does not transmit a disease. Neutering/spaying of all cats to be introduced is essential, ideally 2-4 weeks before the introduction, so the hormones levels have time to subside. The first step is to confine the new cat to one room with its litter box, food, water, and a bed. Feed your current cat(s) and the newcomer on either side of the door to this room. After the 7-10 day isolation period is done, and your new cat is healthy, you can progress to the next steps For each step please read this post
3. The Myths of Cat Adoption - Did you know that most cats do not have a home due to no fault of their own? It is a common myth to think that all cats up for adoption in shelters and rescues are damaged in some way. But, nothing could be less true! Cat shelters and rescues are full of lovable, active and healthy adoptable cats just waiting for someone to take them home. A majority of cats are given up when their prior owner no longer afford the financial requirements to keep them, got divorced, had a death in the family or other unexpected change in their family situation, or didn't realize how much time & attention a cat adoption deserves and needs. Even worse, the number of cat adoptions in need are compounded by a surplus of cats bred for profit: millions of adoptable pets are killed each year due to overpopulation. By taking home a cat adoption from a rescue or a shelter, not only are you saving that pet, you're either making room in the rescue so they can save another pet from a shelter, or making room at the shelter itself. As you can see, cat adoption is truly a continuous cycle of saving lives, and it's the humane thing to do! Thank you for considering cat adoption, and please help us debunk the myth of homeless pets in the future.
4. Some Rescue Cats Are Already Trained for a Home - Even though living in a cat rescue isn't ideal, most rescues (and some shelters) are assisting the cats in more ways than just keeping it alive. Cats can be socialized with other animals that help make them kinder and playful with all types of animals. Many rescue organizations use foster homes, where puppies and kittens for adoption are socialized with children and other cats, and given essential obedience training before they go to their new homes. This makes the transition to your home much easier for both pet and owner. Another positive aspect about cat adoption to point out, many cats in animal shelters and humane societies are already housebroken, trained and ready to go! Usually this is on behalf of the hard working shelter volunteers, and foster care givers, or it is because the cat has already lived in a home and has gotten to know the household rules like using the bathroom outside, or not jumping onto furniture.
5. Rescues Are Pros at Matching You With the Right Cat Adoption - Shelter workers are very careful to make sure your cat adoption goes well and their cats end up in the best homes for cat and owner. Each organization has its own cat adoption application and screening process for potential adopters. Since pet rescues spend so much time with their cats, they are able to match you up with the perfect companion for you. Volunteers also follow up with you after the adoption to make sure everything's going well. They can help you get through any rough spots by offering cat training tips and lots of other advice. Adopting from a pet rescue group has another benefit: if, for some reason, things don't work out with your new cat, most rescues will take the cat back, saving you a lot of trouble. Each rescue has its own cat adoption process for screening; this process is designed to make sure you end up with the right cat for your family. In an effort to help people make good choices when they chose cat adoption, many rescues even specialize in small cats, some rescue only giant breeds. There are thousands of rescue groups devoted to a particular breed of cat or cat, too!
6. Rescues Have Plenty of Purebred Cats - If you have your heart set on a specific cat breed, before you check out a breeder or pet store, why not at least look into cat adoption as a option? 25% of all cats in a shelter are purebred. There are also lots of specific cat breed rescue groups that specialize in a particular breed of cat. Don't be fooled into thinking that animal shelters and cat rescues are filled with cats that were discarded because they're "bad". Shelter cats for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners. Did you know that many backyard cat breeders and pet stores who supply the majority of purebreds simply are selling inbred pets without care for preventing genetic problems? Mixed breed cats have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills and happier cats! And the best place to find a mixed breed is at rescue, SPCA, humane society or animal shelter.
7. Cat Adoption Will Build Life Lessons for Kids of All Ages - Cat adoption provides a fertile opportunity to teach significant values to children. The decision to devote your resources and care to a cat in need sends a very clear message about the identity of a family and its underlying values. It is a great time to explore who you are as a family and what you stand for. It is through this process that a child learns things like, "We are a family with an important choice to make, and we are going to use the power of this choice to save a life." This teaches kids about personal responsibility and their impact on the greater good as they make choices in life. Children need to feel they can impact their world. We need to give them opportunities to do so in positive, pro-social ways. Choosing cat adoption can plant the seeds for that ethic. Kids also learn responsibility by feeding and caring for a cat's routine needs. Children with cats display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. And for emerging readers, reading to a catis an easy way to feel comfortable.
8. How to Plan for a Cat Friendly Schedule - How much time your new cat adoption will really needs is dependent on the type of cat, including but not limited to the breed, age, amount of previous training, other pets & people in your home. Matching the time a cat will take to the amount of time you want to spend on your cat is a very important part in finding your new best friend! A good first step is really thinking about your daily routine. How much free time do you have each day that you are willing to devote to the care, training, and attention of your new cat adoption over the next few months, and then for the lifetime of that cat? For social pets like birds, rabbits, and cats, time spent just "hanging out" with you while you're watching a movie or reading a book, counts too! Cats and puppies vary the most in their time requirements, ranging from an adult, already-trained, mellow breed, to a high-energy puppy that would love a jogging companion and another high-energy cat friend. Be prepared to spend at about 3-4 hours a day with a single adult cat and more time for kittens.
9. How to Prepare Your Budget for Cat Adoption - Being a good caring cat owner involves many things that don't affect your wallet, like your time and love, but there are certainly costs to plan for. If you've never owned a particular type of pet before, knowing how much your new pet will cost can be complicated. When adopting a cat there will usually be an cat adoption fee. Rescuing pets is expensive work! The rescuer often pays to have the cats spayed or neutered if they aren't already, provides vaccines, and pays for all medical care needed while the pets are in their rescue. Food, beds, collars, tags, grooming, it adds up, but luckily much of that cost is not passed on. Typical cat adoption fees range from $100 to $300. Next consider you basic supplies such as a collar, IDs, microchip, pet bed, bowls, and toys. The biggest cost will be food, that depends on the size and type of cat you will be adopting. Asking the shelter what they are feeding the cat you want to adopt and the cost can help prepare for this. Other costs are mostly medical and will include regular vet checkups, and the potential for a trip to the vest because of an accident, or illness.
10. FAQ for Cat Veterinarian Visits - Taking your new cat pet to the veterinarian should be your first priority. This is especially true if you have other pets. It's a good idea to make sure your new cat is healthy and doesn't have any diseases or viruses he or she could transmit to other animals in the house. The best way to find a veterinarian is by word of mouth. The animal shelter or rescue group where you got your cat may have a good recommendation for you. For proper preventative care, your cat or cat should be examined by a veterinarian twice a year. A typical vet checkup includes searching for fleas using a special flea comb. Taking your cat's temperature, and a physical examination which will include checking your cat's ears, eyes, nose, teeth, skin, legs, joints, and genitals, and lymph nodes and listen to the heart and lungs. It will be common for the veterinarian to stress the importance of avoiding parasites, and will suggest options for flea and tick prevention and control.
What is a "rehoming fee" when trying to find a home for an animal? Follow publicly Follow privately Un follow I am looking for a kitten & I was browsing Pet finder & Craigslist. On Craigslist, in a couple areas under the pets I noticed people requesting "rehoming fees" & another complaining that those are breeder selling fees, not "rehoming fees." Those ads also were looking for new & good homes for pets no longer wanted for whatever reason. If one is desperate to find a new, good loving home for a pet, why charge a "rehoming fee"? Is this standard procedure ? Because I don't think I want to pay anything like that, especially when I'm looking under free to good home ads, then I see something like that casually slipped into the ad. I'm looking for a free unwanted animal & I would rather spend the money at the vet to benefit the animal. Am I being unrealistic ?
Thanks for all answers. =^..^= Update : EDIT: Thank you all for the helpful, informative answers so far. Ok, makes more sense. I'm definitely staying away from Craigslist now, that site was sort of confusing anyway. I think I will just go to the shelter through Pet finder. I don't mind paying a fee for that stuff at a shelter then because I will have to pay to spay/neuter & get shots/de-worming anyway. That's not a problem. Plus if it helps another animal, that is all worth it! I just didn't understand why a "rehoming fee" when free to good home...that's not free, that sounded shady to me. I was just going to get one, then pay my own fees at the vet, but if that's what the shelter fee is for, that feels more comfortable & then I wouldn't have to deal w/ a backyard breeder as mentioned & possibly get a sick animal. Thanks so much all for the tips. :)
A rehoming fee is like an adoption fee. Usually it is under $100, depending on what kind of animal you're talking about. For Parrots and big tropical birds, it is likely to be more, because those birds are very expensive and live a very long time.
I've read that it's a really good idea to charge a rehoming fee, that way your pet doesn't end up in a laboratory or on someone's plate.
However, some people charge huge "rehoming fees" of more than $100 for a dog or cat, and I've seen fees over $300. These people are just trying to sell their animals, that are probably the result of intentional breeding by a misinformed backyard breeder.
I would definitely try to adopt from a shelter first. Their animals are usually vet-checked and neutered beforehand. Good luck!
If you are looking on Pet finder, the animals there usually come from shelters or rescues. So if it says rehoming fee, through the shelter/rescue, then its just the standard adoption fee. They charge about $60 to adopt an animal because they have been spayed/neutered, and have all the vaccinations. If you are looking online and the ad is placed by a random person that wants a fee, then don't get him. It could be a backyard breeder that just wants to make some quick money. Your best bet would be to go to a shelter instead of looking online. There you can see all the animals, and pick one that is right for you. The adoption fees help feed the other animals that come into the shelter. And you will be saving the life of an animal that would have been otherwise euthanized. When they are on craigslist they have more time to find a home than the shelter animals do. Good luck! Thanks for choosing to adopt!
Some people still rehome their unwanted pets for free, but this is generally not recommended.
There are some unscrupulous people out there looking for "free" animals for all sorts of nasty reasons - from puppy farmers wanted unneutered animals to breed from, to morons who just like abusing animals. Many of the people who specifically want a pet for free are just irresponsible - they want a pet but don't want the expense.
Many people therefore ask for a "rehoming fee" to put off these dodgy people and help ensure their animals go to a good home. It should be a reasonable fee - not so cheap as to be pointless, but not too expensive either. If the rehoming fee seems particularly high it may well be a breeder trying to sell but pretending it is a genuine rehoming. (This is commonly the case with baby animals).
From local animal shelters, to classified adds you will see adoption fees, or re-homing fees. If a animal needs a good home, and your willing to offer yours, why should you be asked to pay a fee? The answer varies from shelter policies, to personal preference. Today, it is practically impossible to find a "free to good home" pet.If your planning on adopting from a county run, or recognized shelter you will find that a large portion of the adoption fee, is actually spent on the animal. Your adoption fee helps pay for spaying or neutering the animal, as well as bringing their shots up to date. All animals adopted from a shelter has been examined by a veterinarian, and is considered healthy, before being placed for adoption. Your adoption fee also helps in kennel cost. Housing, and feeding animals is very expensive, and donations are always welcomed.
Re-homing fee's have become very popular amongst private pet owners, who are looking to adopt their pet out. But, what is an appropriate asking fee? Re-homing fee's were established to assure that the animal was placed in a good home. Unfortunately, some pet owners take advantage of this by asking a large fee. You will find re-homing fee's that range from $10.00 to $500.00. Depending on the animals age, and health the re-homing fee should be reasonable. $65.00 for cats, and $100.00 or less for dogs, are reasonable prices to ask, if in fact you are adopting and not selling, and the animals has been fixed, and up to date on all shots.
For those who are adopting a pet, you should be very careful in buying a pet for a large re-homing fee. If you sell a animal, you must be sure that it is good health, or tell the buyer what the animals health status is By asking a re-homing fee the owner is not obligated to show proof, or provide a health certificate for the animal. Therefore, you could be buying a sick pet, instead of adopting a healthy one. It is always best to ask for veterinarian references before adopting, or buying a animal from a private owner, and to check them references.
Private owners should also use care when adopting a animal out. You will need to ask for vet. references as well, and also check to make sure they are accurate. New pet owners might not be able to provide vet. references, which is understandable. For those without references, it might be best to do a home check before allowing them to adopt. Usually, a person who is seriously interested in your pet, will not mind you visiting.
As an animal lover and outspoken advocate of pet rescue and shelter adoptions in Eugene, Oregon, I spend a lot of time in the "pets" section on craigslist. It has recently come to my attention that there is quite a bit of confusion in the community about what an appropriate rehoming fee is, and the rescue organizations/shelters are suffering some bad press as a result. There are many people with pets for sale or adoption, and most charge a rehoming fee, but not all rehoming fees are the same. It is important to be informed and aware of this before adopting. Giving animals away for free is always a bad idea, because there are people who actively seek out free animals for unsavory means such as lab testing, dog fighting, and other illegal and cruel practices, so it is actually necessary and responsible to have an adoption fee and an interview process of some kind, but what is an appropriate rehoming fee?
"Rehoming fee" is a term that originated with the rescues, but somewhere along the line it was adopted by the general public, who took it to mean "any amount of money paid to adopt an animal", causing confusion over the meaning of the term. What you pay, and what you get for your money when adopting from a rescue/shelter comes with guarantees you can expect. When you are adopting through individuals in the community, it is wise to find out what your rehoming fee covers.. individual people are not bound to the same mission or guarantees as the rescues.
The rehoming fee through most rescues/shelters guarantees the animal is given a vet exam, treated (if needed) for fleas, worms, or other ailments, the animal is vaccinated, tested for common diseases, and spayed/neutered. Additionally, volunteer animal behaviorists work with the animal and do a temper test, in which they evaluate the pet's personality and temperament, ensuring the animal is fit for adoption. Always find out what each rescue's policies are.. each rescue has their own specific details.
Some think rescue/shelter rehoming fees are high, but for everything they do for the animal, you save tons of money. If you adopt elsewhere, you may still need to get the animal fixed, vaccinated or trained/rehabilitated, which could cost $200.00 or more. There are many pets who need homes, on craigslist, in shelters, on the streets.. so please adopt, but do the research... not all rehoming fees are the same.
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