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And Meow, A Word About Rescue Cats

March 1, 2024

The 2nd of March is International Rescue Cat Day! We are thrilled to offer Fluffy a moment in the limelight. Quite a few of our feline patients were rescued. While these lovable kitties may have struggled in the past, many of them 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 small act of compassion, but one that may have a significant influence on both your and Fluffy’s lives. This article features a local Fort Myers, FL veterinarian discussing rescue cats.

What Are Some Tips for Adopting a Rescue Cat?

The first thing we would say is to make sure you are ready for that type of commitment. Adopting any pet is a lifelong promise!

That said, we can offer a few tips:

Consider Getting Two. If you don’t already have any pets, you may want to think about obtaining two furballs. If you adopt both at the same time, neither will feel like your home is already theirs. Many cats benefit from having companions. Fluffy and Mittens may share many things, like toys and furnishings, so you won’t have to double your spending.

Consider the rest of your household. This includes other pets, children, and any roommates you may have, as well as your schedule and budget. Make sure you’re prepared, willing, and able to care for Fluffy for the rest of her natural life.

Give Your Kitty Time To Adjust: Offer Fluffy a quiet space to settle in. This is especially vital if you own additional pets! Keep them separate until your veterinarian gives you the all-clear.

Petproof Carefully: Kittens are extremely frisky! Unfortunately, this can backfire. You will need to deal with any potential hazards.

This includes:

  • Ropes and strings
  • Plastic bags and ties
  • Small or sharp objects, such as pins, beads, buttons, etc.
  • Toxic plants
  • Chemicals, such as cleaning agents, fertilizer, pesticides, and automotive products.

We would also urge that your windows and doors close tightly. Contact your veterinarian for further information.

Don’t be surprised if your heart melts the first time Fluffy snuggles up with you or starts purring after you pet her. Rescuing a kitten can be a wonderful experience. It’s also an excellent way to find your feline companion!

Do Rescue Cats Have Issues?

There is no common answer to this question. Our kitty companions are all unique! Some rescue cats will go quietly into their new homes, plop down in the middle of the living room floor, and act as if they have always been there. Others may require more time to settle in. Some cats may require specific attention.

If you fall for a rescue cat who is recuperating from sickness or has unique needs, consult with your Fort Myers, FL veterinarian and the animal shelter about Fluffy’s care requirements.

Keep in mind that many pets struggle with major adjustments. Fluffy may need some time to get used to her new environment and feel safe. Be patient and allow your adorable pet time to settle in. Time, love, and patience can make quite a bit of difference here!

Why Are Rescue Pets So Affectionate?

Many people claim that their rescue cats are even more loving and affectionate than the average kitty. Although this is hard to prove, it makes sense. Cats have good memories and realize when someone has helped them. Even wild animals are known to acknowledge and appreciate those who have aided them. Fluffy’s admiration for her savior is not unusual.

What Is The First Thing You Should Do When Adopting A Cat?

The first thing on the list should be contacting your Fort Myers, FL veterinarian! Your feline companion will need a thorough nose-to-tail examination. It’s also critical to keep Fluffy caught up on her immunizations and parasite control. If your feline companion still needs to be spayed or neutered, that should be scheduled as well. Don’t forget about microchipping!

Aside from making that appointment, a trip to the pet store is also necessary. You’ll need to go get up some supplies for your furball! Fluffy will require toys, dishes, a litterbox and litter, a scratching post, a carrier, and a comfortable bed. (Fluffy will also appreciate a cat tower, though this does not have to happen right away.)

What Should I Do If I Find A Cat That Needs Help?

If you come across a wounded or sick cat, we recommend taking Fluffy to your veterinarian right away. This may mean visiting an emergency clinic, but if it is after hours and/or the cat does not appear to require immediate emergency care, you can bring Fluffy home first. Set up your feline companion in a quiet, comfortable area with bedding, food, drink, and a litterbox, then bring her in the following day.

We strongly encourage you to quarantine her from all other pets and children until your veterinarian gives you the all-clear.

Keep in mind that this could be a sign of the Universal Cat Distribution System at work! This is sometimes used to connect cats with their intended owners. You’ve likely heard stories about kitties unexpectedly popping up in people’s lives. Fluffy does sometimes simply appear on someone’s porch or show up at their job. Some people find their kitties in bushes, by dumpsters, or even by the side of the road!

The Universal Cat Distribution is not a mandate. If you find a random cat, you do not have to keep it. However, you can still help Fluffy out by providing food, water, and veterinary care, and perhaps fostering temporarily. 

What Are the Statistics For Rescue Kitties?

The stats for rescued pets are pretty dismal. Nobody knows exactly how many homeless cats live in the United States, although estimates range from 60 million to 100 million. Unfortunately, these numbers appear to be increasing.

Approximately 3.4 million cats are admitted to shelters each year. There are around 1.3 million adoptions. Unfortunately, around 1.4 percent are euthanized.

How to Bond with Rescue Cats?

This will differ from kitty to kitty. Fluffy may quickly decide that you’re the bee’s knees and want to snuggle up to you whenever she can. However, some of our feline pals are, well, scaredy-cats, that will need more time to settle in.

Here are some tips:

  • Talk to your rescued cat. Use a friendly tone of voice!
  • Hold out your hand to Fluffy. If she approaches, let her sniff your hand before gently touching her ears or forehead.
  • Snacks! Use suitable, healthy kitty treats.
  • Catnip! Offer Fluffy some secure hiding spots to retreat to if she feels nervous. This is especially important if you have small children, other pets, or a noisy or chaotic household. Kitty condos are fantastic, but you might also provide a comfortable box.
  • Play with your new pet! Holding a laser pointer or wand toy is a purrfect way to get that motor going.
  • Attention! If your cat enjoys being petted, indulge her!
  • Build trust. Always let your cat determine when cuddling time is over. If she goes away, don’t force her; simply leave her be.
  • Providing kitty comforts like beds, boxes, cat towers, scratching posts, snacks, and catnip will help your feline buddy feel more at ease and safe.

Ask your veterinarian for further information. We’re also delighted to offer advice on Fluffy’s nutrition and care requirements.

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