Animal shelters are full of homeless cats all looking for a new family. Sadly there will always be lots of cats without a home and the problem seems to be on the increase.
Sadly the cause of so many cats looking for a new home is often caused by us humans and this is often caused by lack of understanding and willingness to change.
Your cat is lucky they already have a loving family and I’m sure the last thing you want to do is to lose your feline companion.
There are many reasons why you may be considering re-homing your cat. In some cases it may sadly be unavoidable, in which case we will give you some advice as to go about finding a new home for your cat.
However before you make the decision, lets look at your reason for re-homing your pet. Perhaps there is another way to avoid making another homeless cat.
Allergies – Someone in the household may become allergic to cats or your new boy/girl friend might have an allergy problem. However don’t make your pet a homeless cat straight away, there are things that can be done.
Moving Home – You may be concerned that your cat will find it too stressful to move or be able to adapt to it’s new surroundings. Or you may be concerned that your new landlord will not allow you to have a pet.
Behavior Problems – if your cat has some behavioural problems don’t become exasperated and make another pet a homeless cat. Instead read our Cat Behavior pages, most problems can be over come with a little time and effort. It’s worth it in the long run to reduce the amount of homeless cats and keep them in your loving home.
A New Baby In The Home – A few simple steps should ensure that both your cat and your new baby will be able to live happily and safely together.
In fact clinical studies show that babies who live with animals during the first few years of their life build up a resistance to other allergens in the future like asthma.
Pregnancy - There have been many scare mongering stories about pregnant women and cat diseases like Toxoplasmosis. In fact the risk of catching something like this from your cat is very low, you are more likely to be at risk from undercooked meat.
If you are still worried either ask someone else to clean the litter tray or wear rubber gloves. A normal hygiene routine is all that is required.
Emigration – Moving abroad doesn’t automatically mean that another pet has to become a homeless cat. As long as your cat is in good health it may still be possible to take them with you.
Contact your countries government department for emigration or a company who specialises in transportation of animals like airpet.com, who should be able to give you advice regarding the law for moving animals.
If you have no alternative but to find a new home for your cat ( I know none of you would, but please don’t just make your pet a homeless cat by leaving it to fend for itself).
Here are some tips on the best way to find your cat a new home.
If you prefer to find a new home for your cat yourself, here are a few guidelines as to how to go about it to ensure that your cat is placed in the best possible home.
Please do not post advertisements which say “free to a good home”. There have been reports of pets going to very unsuitable homes and perhaps have even become homeless cats at a later stage once the new owners have become bored with them.
If someone wants a cat for Free, you have to consider will they have money to pay for their care and upkeep.
Our best advice is to play safe and ask your local cat rescue centre to find a home for your pet. This way you will know that they will be placed in safe and caring hands.
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