BEFORE VISITING THE CENTRE PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW SO THAT YOU CAN BE READY FOR YOUR NEW ADDITION TO YOUR FAMILY AND SO THAT WE ONLY KEEP YOU HERE FOR A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME – THANK YOU
We have everything at the Centre to get you started.
Your cat must leave the Centre wearing a collar and tag which you can purchase from us
Other items for sale include:
Cat litter (large – wood pellets)
Litter Trays & Scoops
SETTLING YOUR CAT INTO YOUR NEW HOME
- Please keep kittens indoors until they are 6 months old and more robust to deal with the outside world during these first few months they are just like young children.
- All cats should be kept indoors for a minimum of 2 weeks. Each cat is individual and some cats may take longer to settle possibly up to a few weeks. It is only once you are happy that they are completely settled within their home that you should allow them to venture out.
- ALL CATS SHOULD BE WEARING A COLLAR AND TAG WHEN THEY ARE GOING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME
Introducing two or more Cats
- If you already have a cat(s) please remember that when they first meet it is very rarely love at first sight! You must give them time to adjust and to get to know one another the length of time will depend entirely on your cats, however, you must ensure that your existing cat(s) are kept indoors as with your new cat (minimum 14 days) we cannot stress how important this is, this then forces the situation upon them. Please do not be tempted to let your existing cat(s) out we have had many reports of cats going out and not coming back and wandering off, also if you are letting your existing cat in and out then this means that there will be a way for your new cat to get out and it can be a very long process trying to get them back.
- We recommend two litter trays for one cat because cats are very clean animals and if the tray becomes over used they may look to go elsewhere. If an accident should occur then please place down another litter tray in the first instance.
- We do not support the use of these collars, they are nowhere near as effective as the flea treatment you can buy. Cats can have a nasty reaction to these especially if they are used in conjunction with another flea treatment. There have been many serious cases of cats having these collars embedded into and through the skin with horrific results.
CARING FOR YOUR CATS WELFARE – COMMON ISSUES
- If you are wanting to change your cats diet please do so gradually as a sudden change in diet can cause diarrhoea.
- Most cats enjoy a mix of wet and a good quality dried food
- You may notice diarrhoea within the first couple of days of rehoming and this may be due to stress and should correct itself once they have settled within a couple of days
- If at any time your cat has diarrhoea you should consider feeding them boiled chicken for a couple of days if it does not settle then you should seek veterinary advice
- DO NOT give milk to your cats as they are lactose intolerant and this can cause diarrhoea always ensure that they have fresh water available to them
- If your cat displays any signs ie: sneezing / nasal congestion / runny eyes but they are happy in themselves eating and drinking then just ensure that you keep their eyes and nose clean using cooled boiled water and cotton wool. If the problem persists or they go off their food you should seek veterinary treatment.
- If you notice your cat scratching at their ears or if their ears look particularly dirty clean them with cotton wool – DO NOT PUSH ANYTHING DOWN INTO THEIR EAR CANAL – if the problem persists then seek veterinary advice / treatment
- Mostly cats will keep their own claws at a reasonable length due to everyday activities including using scratch posts. If you notice that your cats claws are catching a lot then they may need clipping this is something that you can do at home yourself using cat claw clippers or you can ask your local vets to do this for you. Claws should be checked regularly in elderly cats who are not as active.
- If you cannot keep your adopted pet, it MUST be returned to the CRRC
- This is for the duration of their lifetime
If you fail to keep the terms of the agreement you have signed the CRRC WILL reclaim the pet without question.
- We strongly recommend that you take insurance for your cat giving you peace of mind should your cat become ill or be involved in an accident veterinary costs can easily exceed a £1000 for something of a serious nature.
Pet Plan Insurance Cover – You will be issued with this at the time of adoption
The insurance is effective immediately the Charity Cover Note is issued (subject to the standard exclusions) and covers the animal for the first 4 weeks from the date of re-homing.
Up to £1,000
Excluding current excess for each unrelated illness or injury
For cats and for rabbits.
Death from injury or illness
Refund of Donation given, up to £100
Third Party Liability
As detailed on Petplan Policy.
Animals aged from 8 weeks are eligible.
Once covered an owner may continue insurance for the lifetime of the animal with extension to full cover and subsequent annual renewals.