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Finding Fluffy: FAQS About Adopting Rescue Cats

March 1, 2024

International Rescue Cat Day is March 2nd! We’re delighted to give Fluffy her own starring spot in our blog series! Several of our feline patients were rescued. While they may have had hard lives in the past, many of those charming kitties are now living the cushy lives of pampered pets, resting, exploring whatever boxes their humans bring home, and just being adorable. Giving a rescued feline a second chance is a tiny act of compassion, but it’s one that can make a big difference in both your and Fluffy’s lives. In this article, a local Watertown, WI veterinarian talks about rescue cats.

What Are The Statistics Regarding Rescued Cats?

The numbers are pretty depressing. The precise number of homeless cats in the United States is unknown, but estimates range from 60 million to 100 million. Unfortunately, those figures appear to be increasing.

Every year, many of those cats wind up in shelters, but that doesn’t always end well for them. Shelters admit over 3.4 million cats per year. Adoptions total around 1.3 million. Unfortunately, around 1.4  million are euthanized.

Are There Problems With Rescue Cats?

There’s no one-size-fits-all response to this question. All of our feline buddies are unique! Some rescue cats will stroll right into their new homes, plop down in the middle of the living room floor, and act as if they’ve always been there. Others may need time to settle in. 

Some cats may need specific attention. If you want to adopt a kitty that is recuperating from sickness, or has unique needs, talk to your veterinarian and the animal shelter about Fluffy’s care needs. Many of these kitties don’t need as much extra care as you may think!

Keep in mind that many cats struggle with big changes. Fluffy may need some time to adjust and feel secure in her new surroundings. Be patient and give your cute pet time to acclimate. Time, love, and patience can make all the difference in this situation!

Are Rescue Cats Loving?

Many individuals claim that their rescue cats are incredibly loving and affectionate, even more so than the ordinary cat. While we don’t have hard statistics on this, it makes sense. Cats have very good memories, and they know when someone has helped them. Fluffy does have a tendency to adore her saviors, and who can blame her?

What Is the First Thing A Person Should Do When Adopting A Cat?

First and foremost? Contact your Watertown, WI veterinary clinic. Your feline buddy will require a complete nose-to-tail exam. It’s also important to catch Fluffy up on any vaccines or parasite control treatments she needs. If your kitty has not yet been spayed or neutered, that should go on the schedule as well. Don’t forget about microchipping!

Aside from setting up that appointment, a visit to the pet store is definitely in order. You’ll need to pick up some supplies for your furry friend. Fluffy needs toys, dishes, a litterbox, litter, a scratching post, a carrier, and a comfortable bed. (We’d also recommend getting her a kitty tower, though this doesn’t have to happen right away.)

What  If I Find a Cat That Needs to Be Rescued?

If you come across a cat that is injured or unwell, we recommend that you take Fluffy to your veterinarian right away. This may mean heading to an emergency clinic, but if it’s after hours and/or the cat doesn’t appear to need immediate emergency care, you can bring Fluffy home first. Set up your feline companion in a quiet, comfortable area with bedding, food, water, and a litterbox, then bring her in the next day.

We strongly advise quarantining your new buddy from other pets and children until your veterinarian gives you the all-clear.

What Is The Universal Cat Distribution System?

The Universal Cat Distribution System is sometimes used to assign cats to their owners. This is why kitties sometimes randomly appear in people’s lives. For example, Fluffy may simply pop up on your porch, or turn up at your job. Some people find their feline buddies on the side of the road or near dumpsters. At this point, Fluffy melts her new owners’ heart, and therefore acquires her human.

How Do You Create A Bond With A Rescued Cat?

The old song title, You Can’t Hurry Love, really applies here. Do not force your attention on Fluffy: that may just make her wary. Your new kitty needs to feel safe, and to know that she can trust you not to hurt her. That might take some time.

Here are a few tips:

  • Talk to your rescue cat. It doesn’t matter what you say; just use a friendly tone.
  • Hold your hand out to Fluffy. If she approaches, let her sniff your hand. Then, gently touching her forehead.
  • Snacks! Just stick with safe, vet-approved options.
  • Snuggles! This should be provided on demand. Always let your cat decide when cuddling time starts and stops. If she walks away, don’t force her; simply let her go.
  • Provide kitty comforts such as beds, boxes, cat towers, scratching posts, treats, and catnip. 
  • If you have young children, other pets, and/or your home is noisy or chaotic, give Fluffy places to hide if she gets scared. Kitty condominiums are excellent, but you can simply provide a comfortable box.
  • Play with your new pet! Holding a laser pointer or wand toy is a terrific way to start a conversation and get that engine going.
  • If your Fluffy enjoys being petted, go ahead and indulge her!

Consult your Watertown, WI veterinarian for more guidance. We’re also more than happy to provide advice on Fluffy’s nutrition and care requirements.

What Are Some Helpful Hints for Adopting a Rescue Cat?

Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment.  However, there are a few things to consider before adopting a rescued cat.

Think About Getting Two Kitties:  If you don’t have any other pets, you might consider obtaining two furballs. If you adopt both at the same time, neither will think of your home as already being theirs. Fluffy and Mittens may share many items, such as toys and furnishings, so you won’t have to double your spending.

Consider Your Entire Household: This includes other pets, children, and roommates, as well as your schedule and budget. Make certain that you are prepared, willing, and able to care for Fluffy for the rest of her life.

Give Fluffy A Quiet Place To Settle In. This is especially critical if you have multiple pets! Keep them all separate until your veterinarian gives you the go-ahead.

Petproof Carefully: Kitties are quite playful! This is adorable, but, unfortunately, it can backfire. Some of the things you would want to address include small/sharp items, ropes and strings, wires and cords, plastic bags and ties, toxic plants, chemicals, and medicine. Ask your veterinarian for more information.

Don’t be surprised if your heart melts the first time Fluffy cuddles with you or begins purring when you pet her. Rescuing a kitty can be a truly beautiful experience. It’s also a pawesome way to find your feline companion!

Schedule An Appointment With Your Watertown, WI Animal Hospital

Do you have a question about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Watertown, WI pet hospital, now! We are always there to assist.