Finding the Best Home for a Cat

There are times when cat lovers are faced with the dilemma of finding a home for a poor little cat/kitten. These felines know exactly where cat owners live so it is easy to find them. People with soft hearts cannot just ignore them so they do not know what to do. If they have been a cat lover for the longest time, they probably have their fill of furry family members. Nevertheless, they would still want the best home for their new furry friend, but how could they find one?

Some helpful questions they could ask to know the type of home an interested caller would offer to the cat for adoption are:

  • Did you ever have cats in the past? Where are they now? Their reply to these questions can say a lot about this potential home, and the care they plan to give to their new pet.
  • Do you have your own home or are just renting it? If they reply”rent’ then they should get a written approval from their landlord.
  • Do you have kids, and how old are they? When looking for a home that would be ideal for a young kitten, and an interested family has kids below 5 years old, this may not be the best home. Even some adult cats do not get along with children. A cat should not be just a toy for kids, but should be treated as part of the family, whose welfare will be protected by other family members, especially the adults.
  • Do you plan to have the cat sprayed or neutered? Before looking for a new home, the cat may have to be altered. Otherwise, the answer should be “Yes”. If possible, this should be put in writing.
  • Do you intend to declaw the cat? If the reply is “Yes”, it would be best to look for another home, and let this be an opportunity to educate. Most cat adopters will not do this if they discover the costs involved, as well as the behavioral changes and adverse temperament following such procedure. Whenever possible, the new home should provide a durable, sisal covered scratching post for the cat.
  • Do you plan to let the cat go outdoors? The “right” answer really depends on what would work for the best interest of the cat. It really depends on the nature of the cat and the kind of community where it will live. Majority of animal shelters that let their cats be adopted by people staying in residential areas make sure that their felines go to homes that will let them stay indoors.

While it is important to be friendly and informative to possible adopters, due diligence should also be practiced. Adoptees should ask for their identification – like a driver’s license. They should ask for references, including their veterinarian. They can let them sign an adoption contract – such as the document used by humane societies. However, they should also provide them with a copy that includes their contact details and keep one as well.

After a few days of adoption, they can check on the cat’s condition and how well it is adjusting. Certainly, they can always tell the new owner that the kitten can be taken back in case things do not go well.