Before Adopting a New Cat/Kitten(s)
Before adopting a new cat/kitten(s) we strongly recommend you take the time to do some research and make an educated decision about which cat/Kitten is the right fit for your household.
Below are some key points to consider.
Below are some key points to consider.
- Adopting a cat/kitten(s) from a rescue is very different then adopting from an online posting, a friend, or even a pet shop. The main benefit to adopting from a rescue is that you get a guarantee of its health for a much smaller fee then it would cost at your local veterinarian. These cat/kitten(s) have all been seen by a vet, tested for Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) that are among the most common infectious diseases of cats, they will have had vaccinations, been microchipped and spayed/neutered, and if there’s anything like dental work needed they’ll have that done before they’re re-homed. If there’s ongoing medical conditions you are made aware. Rescues have made behavioral assessments of each cat/kitten and can help you determine what cat/kitten is the right temperament for your family.
- The minimal adoption fee donation you pay to a rescue is no where close to the amount that would be paid for those services at a local veterinarian. Tender Loving Cats, Inc. pays an average of $151 for the medical care provided but these services would cost upwards of $400 at a local vet. We only collect $125/kitten, $200/pair of kittens, $100/adult cat and $75/special needs or senior cat 7+ yrs. We afford this by fundraising throughout the year.
- You should be prepared to provide enrichment such as various different types of scratching posts, shelves, puzzle feeders, interactive wand toys. You should be ready to give them interactive play at least 10 minutes twice a day if possible. We recommend wand toys such as Go Cat Teaser Cat Catcher Wand Cat Toy, Interactive Retractable Wand Rod with Assorted Feather Toy, and Jackson Galaxy's Ground Prey Cat Wand.
- Take the time to meet some of the shy cat/kitten(s) - these cat/kitten(s) typically need to feel safe with you and once they do they will be one of your most loyal friends. Don’t dismiss some of the harder to place cat/kitten(s) like all black or black and white cat/kitten(s) - these kitties are some of the sweetest cat/kitten(s) you’ll ever meet.
- Many well respected and reputable rescues, including ours, will require that kittens under 12wks of age not go home alone without another feline companion. Although, not every person has experienced “Single Kitten Syndrome” aka “Tarzan Syndrome” it’s important that adopters understand that it is very likely to happen if you choose to adopt a kitten under 12wks and they do not have a feline companion. After many years of working in the veterinary field and specializing in feline behavior our President & Founder has found that single kittens under 12wks of age, adopted out without a feline companion become aggressive, bitey and often inappropriately urinate. It’s important that each kittens behavior be accessed individually but as a general rule Tender Loving Cats, Inc. does not adopt out kittens under 12wk of age to be alone in a household with no other feline companions. The critical learning age for a kitten is between 8-12wks. If anyone has ever watched 2 kittens wrestle and cry out in pain or frustration you know that this wrestling can be quite aggressive. During this critical age range there is no amount that a human can teach a kitten of this age that biting hurts and essentially how to “cat”! When they don’t have other cats or kittens to learn from during this time what happens to them is called “Single Kitten Syndrome” or “Tarzan Syndrome” and it’s very real. Statistically according to the data we have collected over the last 8 years in rescue - 90% of kittens adopted out under 4mths of age without another feline playmate will get returned once they are older and at that point are unable to be with other cats as they don’t understand how to interact with them or humans and worse they will often end up on the streets as owners become frustrated. Here are some resources if your interested in learning more about the subject of “Single Kitten Syndrome” or “Tarzan Syndrome”.