There are many reasons why you should adopt a cat. The playful nature of cats adds a thrill to life. Moreover, who does not enjoy the soft purrs and cuddles that cats give so generously? On the humane side, adopting a cat allows them a good and long life that they wouldn’t have had if they were left in the street as strays. The reason some people hesitate from adopting cats is that they are afraid the cats might not be safe, or that their families may not adjust to having a cat.
Tips and Tricks
*Do research: Adopting a cat is a big deal. It is not something that should be done on the whim. You need to do your research to find out the kind of cat you need, including specifics such as the species, colour and age. This makes it easier for you to find the perfect fit for your needs.
*Evaluate your lifestyle: Adopting a cat requires commitment. The reason there are very many stray cats is that cat owners never quite understand the responsibility which cat ownership comes with. Think of your lifestyle and things like how often you travel, how many hours you are away from home, and whether you will ever need someone to take care of the cat while you are away.
*Get the history: If you are adopting the cat from an organisation that takes care of stray cats, you should always make sure that you have known the history of the cat that you are adopting. This allows you to know if the cat has had a history of aggression or any disease that you should know of before taking the cat home.
There is a great satisfaction that comes with adopting cats. Try it for yourself and for the sake of the cat.
There are two types of stray cats; feral cats and regular strays. Feral cats are those that have never had human contact and are used to living outdoors. They are timid and fearful of humans; hence, they cannot be adopted by humans for indoor living. For feral cats, feeding, neutering, and getting regular medical checks are enough to continue being outdoor cats. Strays were previously owned by humans and are friendly around them. They can easily be rehabilitated and taken into a home.
If you are looking to adopt a stray cat, here are some tips to help you in the process.
Do due diligence to ensure the cat doesn’t have an owner. You can check out owner tags on their necks. You can also ask around your neighborhood, post on social media, or put up posters to confirm they have no owner in the neighborhood. If no one claims the cat, it could mean the cat has no owner and is safe for adoption.
Find a Veterinary
Get a vet to check their health and offer key vaccinations. In case they are of age, get them neutered to ensure they don’t contribute to the cat litter population. Feed them and give them time to adapt to you and your household. Avoid petting them if they don’t like it. With time, they will warm up to you.
Find a Separate Room
If you have other cats, consider getting the strays a separate room as other cats’ hostility could make them fearful and run away. Gradually introduce them to other cats and watch how both react to each other.
There are many organisations all over the world that take in stray cats. If you are running a rescue centre that takes in stray cats, you should have enough room that can take care of all the cats that you have taken. There have been cases where organizations that take in stray cats have been overwhelmed and the cats that were supposed to be rescued ended up getting low-quality care.
Guide to Running a Stray Cat Rescue centre
If you are running a stray cat rescue centre, you need to have the facilities in place that will ensure the cats are comfortable. Some of the facilities that you need include a litter box, food (both dry and wet foods) a vet on standby, paperwork for when a cat is being adopted, among others. It is always better for the people working at such organisations to understand the different species and types of cats they are taking in. This makes it easier for people who are getting into the organisation to adopt. Depending on how big the organisation is, you will also need members of staff to help in managing. Most of the organisations that take in stray cats always call for volunteers to help.
What to Expect When Managing Stray Cat Rescue Organisations
Organisations that manage rescue centres for stray cats should expect to handle a large volume of inquiries. This will be from both people who are looking for cats to adopt and those that are checking to see if someone found their lost cat and placed it at the centre. You should therefore explore the idea of having someone to manage the call centre or reception. Stray cats can sometimes be brought into homes when they are extremely sick or malnourished. You should be ready to receive them and nurse them to good health. It is what makes managing a stray cat rescue centre worth it all.
Most of the organisations that take in stray cats depend on volunteers and donor funding for sustainability. If you are such an organisation, you need to have a strong mandate. Let people know why it matters that stray cats are treated well and how they can get involved. You should also have a professional website that indicates what you do. It is through such deliberate efforts that you get people who are interested in volunteering their time or giving donations. Never undervalue the use of social media when seeking support. If you actively share how you are involved with saving stray cats, you will catch the attention of people who are interested in supporting your initiative. You should also consider partnering with like-minded organisations in activities and events that will increase awareness about your existence and what you do. The important thing is for you to keep doing your best as an organisation is improving the lives of stray cats.
Stray cats are a huge and growing problem in every part of the world. This is mostly contributed by their high birth rate at almost four litters a year. One key reason for rescuing and rehoming stray cats is to curb overpopulation for the community’s safety.
Stray cats’ overpopulation in our community means a population of hungry, unhealthy and aggressive cats. Unhealthy cats are a threat to public health due to flea’s infestation and other illnesses like rabies. Hunger contributes to cat’s aggression as they fight for the limited resources available. Strays’ overpopulation also contributes to property destruction and garbage cans in communities as they rummage for food.
Would you like to be part of our efforts to rescue and rehome cats? Here’s how to join our efforts:
Donate to our courses to help us rescue, offer medical care, neuter and rehoming stray cats. By donating, you ensure one more cat is off the streets. By supporting our neutering courses, you ensure one more cat won’t birth kittens in the streets and contribute to stray’s overpopulation. You can support us by donating once, monthly, or even yearly to help us reach more stray cats.
Become a Volunteer
By becoming a volunteer in charity rescue organizations, you ensure we have the right personnel in all areas to help in our rescue activities. We offer quality training to our volunteers on proper ways to manage and rehome strays.