ADOPTION GUIDELINES

Lucky Cat Rescue wants our rescued cats placed in homes where they will be considered a member of the family for the rest of their lives which, with care, can be for 12 or more years. If you do not agree with our guidelines, we suggest that you reconsider whether or not adopting a cat is right for you. When you adopt a cat, you must sign a legal contract stating that you will comply with our requirements, which are to give the cat a long healthy life in a loving home. Our foster parents love their babies and tell them they will do everything in their power to ensure they are safe. Once they walk out the door, the cat is in “Gods” hands. We expect you to do everything in your power to acclimate the kitty to his/her new home.

Member of the family

  • A cat is not a possession, but a member of your family to be treated with love and respect. He or she should share the house and must not be locked in a cage, or in a room separating him/her from the people in the family, except perhaps for the first few days, while they become accustomed to the new environment. The foster doesn’t want the cat put in an environment that will jeprodize its acceptance and love of people.
  • Reason: A cat who is not an accepted member of the family will not be happy and may become withdrawn and exhibit other behavioral problems. The cat may even become sick if he is stressed and unhappy.

Indoor cats

  • Unless we are adopting our cat as a barn cat we require our cats to be indoor cats unless in a carrier, halter or screened in area.
  • Reason: Domestic cats left outdoors without supervision face dangers including other cats, wild animals and toxins.

Medical Care

  • Your cat will need to visit the veterinarian at least once a year for his or her annual check up. A cat is subject to the same sort of ailments we are, and when ill needs to be treated by a veterinarian. You are responsible for medical bills, except for the initial set of shots we supply. Many veterinarians now recommend a three-year vaccination cycle, instead of annual boosters.
  • Reason: The FVRCP booster prevents your cat from catching distemper and other cat ailments. Rabies vaccinations prevent your cat from contracting rabies and may be required in your state. Expect your cat to catch an occasional cold, ear infection, etc., and to develop some ailments as he or she gets older.

Children

  • You should adopt a cat or kitten six months of age or older, if you have a child under six years of age.
  • Reason: Young kittens have not yet learned to retract their claws and could scratch if handled improperly. The younger a kitten is, the more fragile, and the easier she could be accidentally injured by a small child. No matter how good your young child is with animals, children are often unable to properly carry and handle kittens. Also, children frequently have high-pitched voices which can frighten a young cat.

Cats must be permitted where you live

  • You must be sure that cats are permitted in your residence. If you rent your home, apartment, or live in a condominium, your lease or bylaws should specifically state that you are allowed to have cats. Cats are a life-long commitment, so you must always live in situations where cats are permitted.
  • Reason: Many people get a companion and are then told by their landlord or condo association to give up the animal or move out. Rental housing permitting animals is becoming harder to find.

Post-Adoption

  •  Lucky Cat Rescue reserves the right to investigate the living conditions of your new cat through follow-up telephone calls and/or visits.
  • Reason: LCR wants our cats placed into loving, caring homes as members of the family. The vast majority of people provide excellent homes for their cats. Occasionally, there will be a personality conflict between a cat and a person. If this occurs and is not resolved in a couple of weeks, it is best to return the cat to us. Follow-up calls and visits help us to ensure that our cats are being treated with the love and respect laid out in our guidelines. LCR wants to help you through your adjustment period with your new companion and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Relinquishment of your cat

  • If you must give up your cat, he or she must be returned to Lucky Cat Rescue. You may not turn the cat over to a shelter or another person without our express permission. Shelters euthanize over 80 percent of the cats that come to them.
  • Reason: LCR will accept your cat at any time if you must give her up. We want to know that our cats are cared for all their lives, so we will take them back and find a new home if necessary. Do not, for any reason, leave one of our cats at an animal shelter. They may be killed before we can rescue them.

Literature

  • There are several excellent books on cat care and cat behavior. The internet is also an excellent resource for answering your questions about your cat. Lucky Cat will be happy to offer assistance to help your new family member transition to his new home.

 

Books
Adopting Cats & Kittens, by Connie Jankowski
The New Natural Cat: The Complete Guide for Finicky Owners, by Anitra Frazier
The Purina Encyclopedia of Cat Care, by Amy Shojai
The Stray Cat Handbook, by Tamara Kreuz
Kitten Care & Training, by Amy Shojai

Magazines
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Whole Cat Journal, Catnip and Cat Watch

Internet Sources
http://catchow.com/
http://shine.yahoo.com/blogs/pets/