re homing cat

We’ve fostered a LOT of cats over the years, so here’s an incomplete list of weird cats we’ve had:

1. An Abyssinian that would jump from the second story banister to land perfectly, and with utter grace, onto your shoulder when you enter our house on the first story (ok, but imagine a cat leaping onto you, it’s terrifying)

2. Satan (her real name is Cassandra) who will only sleep if she is completely under the covers and tucked in

3. Elena, a Kurilian Bobtail, that was so affectionate it bordered on harassment. She would climb your leg for you to pet her and follows people around the house

4. Osiris, a Chausie, that actually plays fetch. No joke. He also responds if you say his name, and has been on the news 6 times so far, in various different cities

5. Dolly, who we actually taught to roll over and sit on command for chicken tenders

6. The kitten that decided to travel down one of the heat vents in our home and my father had to take 3 feet of drywall out to retrieve him

7. One of the cats (still not sure which) managed to eat the insides of a full package of sausage rolls left on the counter but left the bread part totally intact

8. two years after re-homing Lemon the cat, we found her stash of tape dispensers under our living room couch. There were 26 tape dispensers

9. one of the cat’s we re-homed likes to go kayaking with his new human. He has a cat life vest and everything 

Need Help Re-Homing a Cat

I need some help, advice, resources, whatever you have that might help my situation. 

My mom and I have decided to re home Jasper, one of our cats, since he’s recently not okay with being in a multi cat household and regularly goes after our other cats and has bitten both of us three times total: each time we were trying to break up an altercation between cats. My mom has taken him to the vet clinic at Cat Depot in Sarasota (which btw, if you haven’t been you should go it sounds amazing), and the vet said yes to rehoming, but didn’t have many resources and agrees with us that surrendering him to a shelter would only make him more fearful and more aggressive. He agrees that we have exhausted all medical possibilities; his labs come back normal, he’s healthy, and he likely has a sudden onset of some neurological issue which puts him into a rage around other cats, including cats he’s been around for nearly a decade.  Wherever he goes, he has to be an only cat. He’s already down in Florida with my mom and we’d like to be able to find him a new home before the final move here in a couple weeks. If anyone knows of anyone who knows cats, knows cat behavior, and is looking to adopt a special needs cat, please message me. 

Bringing Home A New Cat

Whether your new cat is coming from a shelter, a home, an urban street or a country barn, the first twenty-four hours in your home are special and critical. Before you bring a new cat into your life, it helps to understand a little bit about how cats relate to their world.

For the cat, territory is of paramount importance. A cat views his territory the way most of us view our clothes; without them, we feel naked and vulnerable. Place us naked in a room filled with strangers and most of us would try to hide! It is common for cats, regardless of whether they come from homes or streets, to hide in a new territory. Very sensitive or under-socialized cats often hide for a week or more! You know that this cat is now a member of the family, but the cat doesn’t.

You can help make the transition to a new home smoother and easier by providing some privacy for your new cat. If possible, start by preparing your home before you bring in the cat. Choose a room for the litter box; a bathroom works well. Set up the litter box with one to two inches of litter, and place it in a corner, if possible.

Now create a safe haven for the cat to hide in. You can buy a covered cat bed but a cardboard box turned upside down with two “doors” cut in it will work nicely. Why two “doors?” Many cats seem to feel more secure if they have a second “escape” route. Get a box big enough for the cat to stand up, turn around, stretch out and lie down in — but keep it cozy! Place the box next to the wall or in a corner where the cat can see the door to the room. You don’t want the cat to feel trapped. Place a sisal, cork or corrugated cardboard scratching post next to it. Finally, clear off a shelf for the cat to perch on to view his new world.

After you have prepared the bathroom, cat-proof every other room of your home. Are there raised surfaces for the cat? If the answer is “no,” make some! Cats need to be able to jump up and survey their territory.
Do you have valuable mementos that are easily broken? Put them away until your cat is happily moved in. Check out all the nooks and crannies. Are there places that could be dangerous for the cat to explore or hide in? If so, block them off. Finally, put a scratching post or pad in every room.

If circumstances require that you bring in the cat before your home is ready, keep him in his carrier until you have his room set up! He will be fine in there for a while longer. Opposite the litter box, place a bowl of fresh water. After the room is set up, place the carrier next to the “safe haven.” Close the bathroom door before opening the carrier. Do not pull the cat out. Allow him to come out on his own and begin to explore his new home. Now, leave the room. Yes, leave…remember you are giving him time to acclimate. Go and prepare a small amount of a premium quality cat food. Quietly place it next to the water bowl.

Do not reach for the cat! Let the cat come to you. If he doesn’t approach, come back in fifteen minutes. Do not be surprised if he doesn’t eat. It is common for re-homed cats to show no interest in eating, often for several days. Pick up the leftovers and leave. Come back in a couple of hours with a fresh meal of the same high-quality food. If the cat is openly soliciting affection, eating and not hiding, you can open the door and give him one more room. Do this slowly until you have introduced the cat to all the rooms in his new home.

Remember to let the cat set the pace. Be patient. It may take weeks for the cat to comprehend that this foreign turf is his new territory.

Article written by Elizabeth Teal, Animal Behavior Counselor.

anonymous asked:

hey do you have any advice for knowing if it's a good/bad idea to get a second cat/kitten?

Heh, a question that’s pretty much what I’m currently dealing with! Here are the things I would think over while deciding, and what I’ve considered with Ditto. Granted, I’m still a bit shaky on some of these, but Ditto kinda. Fell into our laps, and even if the situation isn’t perfect, I can’t regret bringing her in. Even if we do have to re-home her in the end.

- Money: Can you afford the food? More toys, more climbing furniture, more scratching posts, and more litter boxes? Can you afford double the vet expenses? Granted, depending on what you have for your current cat, you may not need a lot more furniture, but still a possible consideration.

- Space: Do you have the space to give to the extra furniture and litter boxes? Keep in mind that litter boxes need to be spread out, not all in the same area, and you need one per cat, plus one (so at least three). Do you have a room where you can put the new cat for a few days, at least, while they settle in?

- Time: Do you have time to spend with both cats, especially in the beginning before they’re introduced? We’ve been struggling a bit more with this one in my situation, and so has a friend of mine who just recently took in a couple rescue cats. Do you have the time for the intros, and to go as slowly as both cats might need?

- Energy: Kinda goes along with the above one, with having the energy to give both cats playtime and attention prior to full integration. Another one we’ve been struggling some with, but it’s improving now that Ditto is settling down and we’re getting more into a routine.

Some other things that might not happen, but should be considered, just in case they do:

- What if the cats don’t get along, even after a slow intro? What’s your back up plan?

- Related to above, are you willing to return or re-home the new cat if things don’t work out? I know there’s a lot of discourse on it, but sometimes rehoming is just the best option, and refusing to do so makes things worse for all the animals (and the humans!).

- Be ready for back up plans with feeding in the event that the cats can’t eat the same food. Feeding in different rooms, training to eat at their own bowl at set meal times, or special feeders that only open for one cat are all options here.

I think that’s most of what I can come up with right now. If any followers have additional advice, please chime in! And I’ll tag this when I get home, mobile still won’t let me even after posting.

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Meet Rocket and Zula, the newest and fluffiest 10 week old additions to our family!

We chose these little beauties a few weeks before Vidcon and I have been counting down the days til we could have them in our hands. 

The little black one is a girl (Zula) and the little tabby is a boy (Rocket). Both names have Marvel connections and anyone who can tell me what they are gets 99 Glitter Points! 

After Mindy died in March 2013 it took me a long time to feel ready for a new kittycat. I usually re-home old cats but during a family dinner we found out that a cousin’s cat had given birth and they had nobody to take the kittens- it was fate!!

These are just little iPhone snaps but I will of course take really lovely photographs on my canon and make a few videos!

I’ve spent the last 6 hours just being with them and cuddling them and loving them.

Cats are the best.

xxxx

PS- I’m sorry to all those who said they would be let down if I wasn’t pregnant. I’m not bored of the first baby yet so no newbies on the way xxx

Kitten tale

I didn’t post the start of this story because I didn’t know how it would turn out, but I’m glad to post about its happy ending.

A couple of weeks ago, while Diane was away, I went grocery shopping…

Raining slightly, what a surprise. Small, rather wet black & white cat sitting on bench outside supermarket. Think nothing of it, cats hang about grocery stores because spillage attracts vermin. But after shopping, though raining harder, cat - not much more than kitten - still there & even wetter.

Not running for cover, not hiding from people, just sitting. As if waiting for someone. Stroked kitten, as you do. She (it turned out) went up on hind legs, grabbed hand, rubbed face against it and purred, and purred, and purred…

Still close to Christmas & I have cynical view of humanity, so instantly suspect what has happened. Cute small fluffy present now growing and needing vet attention. Vet too expensive. Dump her…

Long story short, kitten + some catfood home with me. Kitten ravenous. Omnomnomnom. Then onto lap, purrpurrpurr, then onto sofa, curl up & fast asleep. Undisturbed by clattering as litterbox unused since Goodman (RIP) 2 years ago is dug out from under bootroom sink, filled with litter & put in corner of downstairs loo.

Some hours later kitten wakes, eats more catfood (dry this time) drinks water…then uses litterbox like proper housetrained cat.

Suspicion confirmed. Dumped pet.

Stray on doorstep usual means of acquiring cat: Squeak, Goodman, Beemer, Bubble & Pip all turn up that way. We discussed possibility late last year of potential arrival this year & concluded Just Not On. Too much work stuff on plate. Too much risk of new cat killed on road like Beemer, Bubble & Pip before content to stay home & live long life like Squeak & Goodman.

Peace of working minds far better without cat at all than cat briefly then new small grave under hawthorn tree.

Couple of days fostering better than nothing. Shame D not here to share the purrs.

Print “Have You Lost Kitten?” posters, put up in vet office, post office, both supermarkets. No response. Talk to nice lady at animal shelter, take advice, bring kitten to vet as should have done first thing. Give instructions. Go about business.

Diane home, happy happy joy joy, but still small nagging concern about kitten.

This evening 11/02/15, 19:15 approx., phone-call from vet (Peter Griffin - yes, really!)

Kitten healthy & happy, spayed & vaccinated with bill to me as per instructions. Staying with him until vaccination “takes” & surgery is healing well, but after that best of all, has new home already waiting. Friends of Peter so vetted by vet, ho-ho! Quick placement perhaps because bill not new owner’s problem, or because of Peter, but personally think kitten’s winning personality has lots to do with it.

Will sleep very well tonight.

I’m not posting this to look good, I’m posting it because of how I feel after getting Peter’s call. If spreading it around makes you feel a bit the same way, then that’s reason enough. There are too many unhappy endings in this world.

Some things you do because you have to, some things you do because you can, and some things are a bit of both when the thing you can’t do is simply walk away.

It doesn’t just apply to kittens in the rain…


For our couple of days together, I called her Patches…

Sad Request: Re-Homing a Cat

Hey guys, I normally wouldn’t post this here, but I’m kind of desperate. Long story short, I have a cat I raised from a baby. She’d been staying with my dad while I was at college, but his girlfriend moved in. She’s allergic to cats and my cat meows very loudly for attention (which my dad’s girlfriend can’t give her without her face swelling up).

So my cat has been making them miserable because neither can really give her the attention she needs. Thus, my father is making me re-home her. He feels stuck, because he loves his girlfriend, but she’s just so miserable. He doesn’t want to lose her and I understand.

Here’s the details:

  • If in the Indiana-Ohio-Kentucky tri-state area, we can take her to you. (Also Indianapolis as it’s on the way to my college.)
  • She’s a senior cat, age 11.
  • She HATES other cats. She CANNOT be in a multi-cat household.
  • She’s alright with dogs, as long as she has an area to hide when she gets overwhelmed.
  • She is a special needs cat. She is partially deaf and received brain damage as a kitten, She is hand signal trained, though.
  • She’s a very, very sweet cat. She loves everyone and isn’t one of those cats who gets mad if they’re pet “too much”. She always wants attention and is happy to sit on your lap and purr. She loves sleeping with people at night especially.
  • She’s a little overweight, but otherwise very healthy and still pretty playful.

Here’s a picture:

Please contact me with any interest. This is obviously not an easy thing for me to do and I’m pretty emotional about it. I raised this cat from the time she was a kitten.