Apologies for the cheesy pun in the title, but hopefully it’s grabbed your attention. As volunteers for Swansea Cats Protection we’re familiar with the inevitable highs and lows of our work – but it feels like we’re facing a few too many lows just lately. Whilst we’ve witnessed a good number of wonder-fully successful adoptions these past few months, there are still many gorgeous cats waiting for someone to notice them. So, this month we wanted to take you through the adoption process in the hope it gives a little nudge to all those people who are considering making room for a forgotten feline but have yet to give us a call. Remember, you don’t have to wait for Homing Day to adopt a cat or kitten.
Step 1 – An empty lap
Pull up a chair, sit yourself down … notice how empty your lap feels? Mmm, maybe we can help you with that. Find our website at www.cats.org.uk/swansea, click on ‘adopt a cat’ and browse through the featured furry faces looking out at you from the screen. Got a big empty lap to fill? Lovely boy Benny would fit nicely there. Maybe you’re more petite? Try gorgeous ginger girl Lady for size. We probably have a cat or kitten to suit every lap!
So, you’ve found the cat you think would suit you best (what? Just the one?). You’ve read the descriptions, thought about what you have to offer and discussed it with the people who’ll also share the care and company of the cat. Have you thought about your other pets? How would they take to a new cat or kitten? Is this town too big for the both of them, or is it the more the merrier? Then call our helpline number: 0345260 2101 and let us know your contact details and the cat or kitten you’re interested in and wait for a volunteer to call you back to discuss, and if appropriate, arrange a home visit.
Step 3 – Home Visit
Before we home any of our lovely cats or kittens, one of our volunteers will visit you to carry out a brief home visit – this is to ensure that where you live is not too near a busy or dangerous road and is generally a safe and appropriate environment for a cat or kitten. It’s also a useful opportunity for potential adopters to chat through any queries or questions. But to avoid disappointment, let your children know in advance that we don’t bring any cats with us on the home visit … the number of glum little faces I see when I break this news on arrival are legion! After your home visit, one of our volunteers will confirm if everything is ok to move on to exciting Step 4 of the process … meeting the cats! Unfortunately, there are times when home visits indicate that, in our view, adoption of a cat would not be appropriate – most commonly if the cat is able to access a busy road. This is a tough but important decision for our volunteers to make and we do it with the cat’s best interests at heart. Losing a cat to a road accident is an upsetting and shocking experience – too many cats meet this terrible fate and at Cats Protection we obviously want to reduce this risk wherever possible. But on to happier thoughts!
Step 4 – Very pleased to meet you!
This is where you arrange to visit the cats and kittens either in their foster homes or in our cattery pens at Kenwood Boarding Kennels in Llanmorlais, Gower. With so many lovely cats and kittens in our care, choosing your feline companion can sometimes be tricky, but very enjoyable… think of all those furry faces you can stroke in the process! At other times adopters know exactly who they’ll choose and never deviate from that choice… they’ve seen young Sammy and Sebastian on the website, read all about them, seen their little video on our Facebook page and their mind is already made up. But of course, sometimes the cat chooses you, it just happens that way. The chemistry is right, and your fates are sealed, this little puss is coming home with you…decision made. Complete the paperwork and pay the very reasonable fee of £40 per cat or kitten and you’re ready to start your new life together.
All Swansea Cats Protection, cats are normally neuter-ed prior to being placed for adoption, whilst young kittens are homed with a firm commitment from the adopter to use the neutering vouchers we provide at a participating veterinary surgery once the animal reaches the appropriate age. Along with a month’s Petplan Health Insurance, provided by National Cats Protection, each cat or kitten is vaccinated, microchipped, has been treated for fleas and worms and has been vet health checked.
Step 5 – Welcome home puss
The homecoming… this is the best bit of all! Everyone is happy, everyone is overjoyed, but remember this little puss may have been through a tough time and although wants very much to show you their love and affection, it might be a bit overwhelming at first. For some cats, they may need to find a quiet corner to hide in for a while and work out what’s what in this wonderful new world of theirs. So, give your new cat or kitten the space and time they need to realise they are safe, they are loved, and they will blossom… just you wait and see. Enjoy your new lives together and don’t forget to share your happiness with us on our Facebook page, we love to see the cats and kittens we’ve helped happy and safe in their new homes sitting on the lap of their new owners.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering one our lovely cats or kittens, please get in touch and arrange to come and meet the cats waiting patiently for a safe, loving home. We can be contacted via our Helpline 0345 260 2101 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note our Helpline is answered by a messaging service and we will respond as soon as we can, but please be patient and remember that we are all UNPAID VOLUNTEERS trying to do our best for the rescue cats and kittens of Swansea.
Cats looking for a loving home from left to right: RUFUS Dear little Rufus came into our care as an undernourished stray. He was quite frail and poorly, but with veterinary treatment and good care, he is now feeling fine and is a delightfully happy and friendly little cat. JINKSY Jinksy is a lively young part Bengal cat who loves to hunt (it’s a particular characteristic of Bengal cats), so needs a home where he can explore safely. He is a friendly chap to adults but isn’t keen on children. BEAR Beautiful Bear’s owner had to give her up because she moved back in with her parents who had a dog that didn’t like cats. Bear is a friendly, affectionate young cat who would love a new settled home – she’s a sweetheart. DARCY Poor young Darcy was found in the road giving birth and was taken in by a kind family who found homes for her kittens. Darcy is a lovely friendly cat with people, however she doesn’t like other cats, so she now needs a loving home where she will be cared for as an only cat.