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Hugging Birman Cat

You're ready to Adopt!
Now what?


  1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other.  

  2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. Please feel free to visit one of our partner stores or set up an appointment with our foster homes to meet and spend time with the cat or kitten you're interested in first.

  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time if you don't already have one and schedule a visit within the first few weeks following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. 

  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption coordinator how to make a proper introduction.

  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. 

  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming,  and nail clippers.

  7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow), and make sure you don't have any poisonous plants.

  8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember – take it slow.

  9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.

    Once you've read through our check list and you're sure you're ready to adopt, fill out our adoption application and our adoption coordinator will get back to you within 24 hours. 

    If you have been approved the adoption coordinator will tell you the next steps of the process, like filling out the contract and sending over the adoption fee. You will then schedule a time to pick up your new family member. 
    10.  *Our adoption fee includes a health check, first vaccination in a series and any that become due while in care, deworming, flea/tick prevention, spay or neuter and microchip at our Veterinary partner. YOU, the adopter will be responsible for any vaccine or boosters that become due after adoption. If you are intending to adopt, please be aware that due to veterinary and staff shortages your Veterinary clinic may be experiencing backlogs in scheduling appointments, so do not delay calling your clinic to book your new cat's needed booster appointment(s). Please note* that our cats are not tested for FIV/FeLV nor can FIP be predicted. We will share any medical information gathered during our health checks and observations revealed during their time in care. But it is important to know that some illnesses can have an incubation period of 10 days, which means that a cat can leave in good health but get sick a few days post adoption. In addition, the stress of a new environment can affect a cats’ immune system. 

    Adoption Fee's: 
    When you adopt a cat from us your new furry friend will have seen a vet, been treated for worms, ticks, fleas and ear mites, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered. 
    Adult cat adoption fee (9 months+) : $250
    Kitten adoption fee (-9 months) : $300
    Exotic Breed fee: $500

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