A Complete Cat Rescue Checklist

By Johny Kershaws 

A Complete Cat Rescue Checklist 

Any effort to rescue a cat from neglect, abuse, or cruelty is a noble act. You deserve more than a pat on the back. We know it comes from the heart, and your desire to give the cat a better life is genuine.

But you may end up mistreating the cat if you are not well-prepared for the responsibility ahead. So we have prepared this checklist to help you prepare to give the cute furry friend a new and better life. Here’s what to do when you want to rescue a cat.


Choose whom to adopt from

Once you have decided to give a neglected or abused cat another chance at a good life, the next step is to know where to get one. There are several animal welfare organizations in the country. Here are some tips to help you zero in on good animal rescue organizations.

• They are transparent. They hold open events regularly and allow animal lovers to know and experience how they carry out their business firsthand.
• They have qualified staff with certificates to prove it.
• The rescued animals are not crumpled up in small spaces but have adequate room.
• They are always open, able, and ready to give information about the care needs of a particular animal.
• They screen people looking to adopt animals. They assess the circumstance and knowledge of a potential pet parent and advise on which animal is best and how to take care of the animal.
• They conduct pre and post-adoption visits to ensure the animal is in good care.
• They work closely with vets and other animal behavior experts.
• Their facilities have an exercise area, an infirmary, and a quarantine section.

Besides these, look at the reviews about the shelter from other cat lovers before deciding which organization is best.


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Prepare for a visit to your home

After you have decided on the shelter, reached out, and began the process, brace yourself for a home visit by one of their staffers. It might be a little nerve-wracking, but it is a necessary and often cordial experience. They want to check out if your home has enough space and whether the environment is conducive for a cat.

Since you are looking forward to being a cat parent, you could prepare yourself and your home with some of these items:

• A pet flap on the door.
• A cat climbing tower.
• A litter box.
• A scratching pole or two.
• A cat bed or a cat cave.

Identify the cat and get to know each other

Now that your house is ready, prepare yourself for your new furry housemate. Talk with the shelter’s staff. Try to understand the cat, her personality, needs, and if she is an excellent match for you and your lifestyle.

Spend some time with the cat before the collection date. Learn more about what she likes, and see if you can establish a bond.

Collect your new furry baby and settle in

When you have a green light from the rescue facility, plan to collect the cat. Plan to carry from the shelter something that the cat will find familiar, like her blanket and a few toys.

When you get home, don’t be surprised to see the cat wary of her new environment. She might be timid, shy, or scared. She may hide under the sofa, spend lots of time somewhere high, or be naughty. Just be patient, and continue pouring lots of love and affection. Rescued cats may take a few days or weeks to get accustomed to new surroundings. She will eventually come around, and the experience is worth the wait.



Stock up your home

We have mentioned a few, but here are other essentials you should have ready.

• Plenty of cat food.
• A carry case.
• Cat toys
• A collar.

Our team can help you find a suitable vet, pet service, or product near your location.

Make the big decision: an indoor or outdoor cat?

The question as to whether cats should be indoor or outdoor pets is still a fiercely contested debate. It is entirely up to you and how you feel about your cat. Many cats will naturally want to explore their surroundings. They enjoy roaming around.

However, it is crucial to know the risks and benefits of unsupervised outdoor access. Plus, experts advise keeping rescue cats indoors for some time. If the cat enjoys life indoors, and you would like to keep it that way, make sure you feed her on the proper diet and allow her to exercise.

If your cat is the outdoor type, be aware of the issues that might come up and schedule regular vet checks for common health issues.

Rounding up

Rescuing a cat is a big decision to make. Giving a cat a second chance at having a decent life is a marvelous thing to do. The cat could be naughty, timid, shy, and many times a mystery.

So, be patient, willing to learn, and work hard at winning her over with plenty of love and affection. Keep checking this guide in case there’s a step or something you left out. After all, a prepared parent is a better pet parent.


By Johny Kershaws 


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