Here at Cats Aid we have and increasing number of older cats which are looking for permanent homes. While we find it relatively easy to re-home our cute kittens it can be more difficult to re-home our older cats. We would like you consider our older guys and girls who may have been in care for years through no fault of their own other than they weren’t a kitten. There are advantages to taking an older cat..
All cats will have been health-checked, neutered or spayed and their personalities will have been assessed prior to re-homing and you will receive a detailed dossier of their particular needs. The older cat can make an excellent pet and we, at Cats’ Aid, can offer a backup service should it be required so you never need to feel that you might be out of your depth with your new cat.
Although we do everything we can to make our older cats’ lives comfortable, it is not ideal for us to have so many older cats in our care because of the increasing numbers coming in to us. A good home life is what they deserve. The older cat comes in to us for various reasons – from family bereavements to emigration.
We are making a direct appeal to you to take a moment and consider one of our beautiful older cats. We also have at the moment a very small number of cats who may not be ideally re-homed into a home environment, but would fare well as an outdoor cat in a country/rural setting. Do you have some land, stables or a small holding (preferably with out buildings) that would benefit one of our cats? If you do, PLEASE contact Cats Aid with your details. These cats are not wild but can be nervous of human contact because of previous experience, but they all deserve the chance of a “normal cat life”.
If you would like an informal chat with one of our members regarding any of these cats’ direct needs and what you can expect, then please ring the Cats Aid helpline no. (01) 668 3529 and leave your name and an evening landline phone number (preferably not a mobile no.), and someone will return your call. Messages on this helpline are checked daily. Thank you for your time.
Bringing your new adult cat home
Have a spare room ready, if possible, with feeding bowls, scratching post, litter tray, bed etc. Place the open carrier in the room and leave. Let the cat come out in its own time to explore. When the cat appears comfortable i.e. comes over to you when you enter the room, try leaving door open and let it come out in its own time.
If there are other pets, take it slowly! Never leave them unattended until you are sure fur won’t fly!! Likewise, never leave children unattended with your new cat.
The cat must be kept indoors for six weeks so that it knows where it lives and won’t get lost. When you let it out for the first time, do so before mealtime so that it’s hungry and will come back for food. Short, supervised outings are best.
Your cat will be vaccinated and neutered, boosters are required annually. We recommend you get your cat microchipped and take out pet insurance – shop around there are lots of providers out there. If you’re using a collar, make sure it’s a safety collar (snap open fastener) with an identity disc.
Place the litter tray in a quiet/private part of the house; cats don’t like to be watched!! Ensure it is a good distance away from their feeding area. Trays needs to be scooped of waste twice a day and cleaned regularly.
Like us, cats have their own personalities and some are more outgoing than others. If your cat hides when you bring it home, let it – it will come out in its own time. Never force your new cat to interact. Patience is the key, cats love humans and it will come to you for cuddles eventually.
Grooming is a great way of bonding with your cat and should be done once a week or more often for long-haired kitties. Always use a soft brush as a hard one can damage their delicate skin. Apart from bonding, grooming can also prevent hairballs from forming.
Most of all, enjoy your new family member!!