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And Meow, A Word About Rescue Cat Day
March 1, 2024

March 2nd is International Rescue Cat Day! We’re delighted to give Fluffy her moment in the spotlight. Many of our feline patients have been rescued, and are now living the cushy lives of pampered pets: relaxing on laps and in sunbeams, exploring whatever boxes their humans bring home, and being generally adorable. Giving a rescued kitty a second chance is a relatively small act of compassion that can have an enormous impact on both your and Fluffy’s lives. This article features a local Norwalk, CA veterinarian discussing rescue cats.

What Happens If I Find a Kitty That Needs to Be Rescued?

The answer to this one will vary, depending on the circumstances.

If you find a cat on its own, you do not have to keep it. Fluffy may still require your assistance, though. If you can help the kitty, then by all means, do so. Just providing food, water, and veterinary care can make a difference. You can also consider fostering your new feline pal until she gets adopted.

It’s worth mentioning that this may be The Universal Cat Distribution System at work. This is a mysterious system that is sometimes used to connect cats with their owners. It’s often used to describe situations when kitties unexpectedly show up in people’s lives. Fluffy has definitely been known to suddenly appear on someone’s porch, melt their heart, and end up getting adopted.

If you come across a wounded or sick cat, we recommend taking Fluffy to your veterinarian right away. This might mean visiting an emergency clinic, but you can bring Fluffy home first if it’s after hours and/or the cat doesn’t appear to need urgent medical attention. Set up your feline companion in a quiet, comfortable area with bedding, food, drink, and a litterbox, then bring her in the following day.

Be sure to quarantine your new friend from other pets and children until your Norwalk, CA veterinarian gives you the all-clear.

What Are Rescue Cat Statistics?

The stats for rescued pets are pretty dismal. Nobody knows exactly how many homeless cats are living in the United States, but estimates range from sixty to one hundred million. Unfortunately, these numbers appear to be increasing.

Many homeless cats do end up in shelters, but this does not always end well for them. Every year, almost 3.4 million cats are brought into shelters. An estimated 1,3,000,000 are adopted. Unfortunately, around 1.4 percent are euthanized.

Do Rescue Cats Have Issues?

This varies from cat to cat. Our feline buddies are all unique. Some kitties will immediately sprawl out on the couch, as though they have always lived with you. Others might need more time to get settled in. 

It is true that some cats might need extra care. Before you adopt a sick or special needs kitty, it’s a good idea to discuss her care needs with your vet and the shelter.

Keep in mind that many kittens struggle with big changes. Fluffy may need some time to adjust to her new surroundings and feel safe. Be patient, and allow your adorable pet time to acclimate. Time, love, and patience can make a world of difference here!

Why Are Rescue Kitties So Loving?

Many people claim that their rescue cats are far more loving and affectionate than the ordinary kitten. While hard data on this is difficult to obtain, this certainly makes sense. Cats have quite vivid memories, and they definitely remember and appreciate those who have been kind to them. Even wild animals often acknowledge and appreciate those who have aided them!

What Should You Do Right After Adopting a Cat?

First and foremost: contact your veterinarian. Your feline friend will need a thorough nose-to-tail examination. It’s also critical to get Fluffy caught up on any immunizations or parasite control medications she may need. If your furry companion has not yet been spayed or neutered, that should be on the schedule as well. Don’t forget about microchipping!

Aside from making that appointment, a trip to the pet store is definitely necessary. You’ll need to pick up some supplies for your kitty companion. Fluffy needs toys, dishes, a litterbox with litter, a scratching post, a carrier, and a comfortable bed or ten. We would also recommend getting a kitty tower, though this does not have to happen right away.

How Do You Form A Bond With A Rescued Cat?

The old saying and song title You Can’t Hurry Love is very relevant here. Don’t force attention on Fluffy. You have to earn those purrs! This may take some time, though again, 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. She can also be more timid.

Here are some tips:

  • Play with your new pet! Holding a laser pointer or wand toy is an excellent way to get that motor going.
  • If your cat enjoys being petted, indulge her!
  • Talk to your furry pal, using an upbeat, cheerful tone of voice.
  • Hold out your hand to Fluffy. If she approaches, allow her to sniff your hand, then lightly stroke her ears or forehead.
  • Snacks! Small tidbits are best. Just stick with safe options, like plain fish, meat, or poultry without the skin, bones, or fat.
  • Always let the kitty determine when cuddling time starts and stops. If she walks away, don’t stop her; just let her go.
  • Providing kitty comforts like beds, boxes, cat towers, scratching posts, snacks, and catnip will help your feline buddy feel more at ease.
  • If you have young children, other pets, and/or your home is noisy or chaotic, provide your cat with secure places to hide. Kitty condos are fantastic, but you might also provide a comfortable box.

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

What Are Some Tips for Adopting a Rescue Cat?

We love seeing rescue cats get adopted. This is a great way to find Fluffy! However, there are several factors to consider before adopting a rescued cat.

Be Prepared To Committ: Adopting any pet is a lifelong commitment. Be sure to 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. You may be signing on for well over a decade of purrs, meows, and head-bonks!

Consider Getting Two Cats. If you don’t already have any pets, you could consider adopting two furballs. Many cats benefit from having companions! If you get them at the same time, neither will feel like your home is already theirs. Fluffy and Mittens will be able to share many things, like toys and furnishings, so you won’t have to double your spending.

Ease The Kitty Into Your Household: Give Fluffy a quiet space to settle in. This is especially vital if you have other pets! Keep them separate until your veterinarian gives you the all-clear, and then take your time with introductions.

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

These include:

  • Small, Sharp Objects
  • Ropes And Strings
  • Plastic Bags And Ties
  • Toxic Plants
  • Medicines
  • Chemicals, Such As Cleaning Agents, Fertilizers, Insecticides, And Automobiles.

We would also urge you to make sure that your windows and doors close tightly. Ask 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 new feline companion!

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Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us here at your Norwalk, CA pet hospital, today! We are always willing to help.

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