FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ADOPT A CAT FROM A RESCUE
We would like to share with you our top five reasons why we think everyone should adopt a cat from a rescue.
In fact, we will share a sixth reason with you because we just couldn’t leave it at five😊
1) A life saved
First and foremost, by adopting a rescue cat you are saving a life! Yes, it really is that big a deal - by adopting a rescue cat you give a life of love and security to an animal who otherwise might have ended up in a relentless cycle of uncontrolled procreation, injuries and chronic health issues. And we at KLAWS are eternally grateful to all our adopters, old and new!
2) Health checks and vaccinations
When adopting a rescue cat from an animal welfare charity you can rest assured that the cat has received a health check, treatment for parasites and at least the first dose of their annual vaccination. At KLAWS we are also happy to advise you on the schedule for your new cat’s subsequent vet visits/treatments.
A big part of why animal rescue organisations do what they do is to try to control feline overpopulation and unrestrained spread of diseases. So if a cat is at an appropriate age, it will be neutered before it is rehomed. If the cat is too young to be neutered (as most KLAWS cats are), then we will trust you to have your new rescue cat neutered when it’s ready.
The good news is that now and again we and other rescue groups organise subsidised sterilisations in association with our local vets! So keep an eye out for them!
4) Temperament testing
Since rescue cats often have to spend some time in a foster home, their temperaments get assessed by their fosterers. This means that the rescue organisation will be able to advise you on a cat’s suitability for your particular situation. We at KLAWS usually try to ascertain whether a cat would suit a family with children or not, whether a dog would be a welcome companion for a particular rescue cat, or if another cat might be preferable instead.
5) Handling and socialisation
Fostered rescue kittens and cats are handled and socialised by the fosterers. Sometimes it can take a lot of effort to get a cat to accept even basic handling, let alone cuddling or lap napping, but many fosterers are quite experienced and have plenty of patience. This means that usually by the time you get to take your rescue cat home, it is already if not fully confident and socialised, then at least over a half way there. And things will go a lot smoother for you.
Help and support
Whether it’s extra information in general or some more specific help regarding your new rescue cat, we at KLAWS are happy to assist when we can, so that you and your new rescue cat can have the best possible life together.