Adoption

Adopting a cat or kitten is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. Although the cost involved is not necessarily high, you must be aware that a cat may get sick and require veterinary attention. When you offer a cat a home, you become responsible for his/her welfare and this can be a long term commitment.

To view the cats Community Cats have for adoption click here.

You can read about our adoption procedure here.

We also offer a platform for people to advertise cats they need to rehome for reasons beyond their control.  Note that these are not Community Cats’ cats and we cannot get involved, nor held responsible should any problems arise.  To see the private rehoming page, click here.

One or two kittens?

We often receive enquiries from people who would like to adopt one kitten with the view of adopting a second one at a later stage.  Although some adult cats are anti-social with their fellow felines, kittens usually enjoy the company of another kitten.  There are many advantages to adopting two kittens (see Ten Reasons why Two Kittens Are Better Than One) and it is usually easier to welcome two kittens at the same time rather than introducing a new kitten to the already settled cat.  However, if you decide to welcome a new family member, please read this guide to introducing a new kitten to other cats and dogs.  One can never guarantee that the new companions will be friends, but following these guidelines will certainly make the introduction a lot easier on all animals (including their owners!).

Cat or kitten?

Kittens are cute and everybody falls for them; however, there are a few reasons why one should consider a mature kitten or adult cat.

  • Kittens will not always remain that small, so why not jump ahead?!
  • Mature kittens and adult cats are often overlooked and tend to remain in foster care or rescue centres for longer period of times.  Thus, by adopting one, you are making a big difference in the life of that cat.
  • Kittens change at a rapid pace and evolve constantly.  It is thus very difficult to determine what their character and temperament will be, whereas they have developed in mature kittens.  Having a kitten at a young age does not guarantee that the kitten will be cuddly and like sitting on your lap. Although you can socialise a young kitten, you cannot shape up its personality. Some kittens even if brought into the home at a young age will never become cuddly.
  • Kittens require a lot of work and attention: they jump everywhere and break your ornaments.  On the other hand, mature kittens and adult cats will be more relaxed and independent.
  • When you have toddlers, it is recommended to adopt adult cats or mature kittens that have a laid back temperament. Young kittens will be more likely to scratch, but also be frightened by your toddler.

The Myth of “Kittens Free to a Good Home”

Animal welfare organisations usually ask for a fee when you are adopting a kitten/cat. This is done in order to help with the cost of the veterinary care the cat/kitten has received.

There is no such thing as a “free kitten”. Responsible pet owners will have their kitten neutered (note that females can become pregnant as young as four months old), vaccinated, microchipped, treated for parasites and feed them a good diet. Although these procedures can appear as a huge investment of money when the kitten is first brought into the home, they are necessary to help keeping your kitten healthy and safe. You should seriously consider the cost associated with welcoming a pet in your family before adopting.

Read more here.

Our set contribution structure is as follows:

  • €45 for cats that have been neutered, eartipped and treated for parasites.
  • €55 when the cat/kitten has been neutered/spayed, treated for parasites and microchipped.
  • €70 when the cat/kitten has been neutered/spayed, treated for parasites, microchipped and received the 1st vaccination.
  • €85 when the cat/kitten has been neutered/spayed, treated for parasites, microchipped and received the full course of vaccination.

If you would like to enquire about adoption, please fill in this form.

 

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