We have been catless for a few years now and are going to take the plunge again. I'm getting a cat flap installed and we will be ready to go.
Any tips? I don't want a kitten but an older cat. Don't mind if it's missing bits and pieces and doesn't have to be beautiful. I want one with a bit of character who is good with kids, (6&8). Getting all broody
It's great that you're going to rescue. There are loads of tips here: http://www.celiahammond.org/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=40&MMN_position=67:67
Really your local rescue should be able to give you lots of advice and recommend cats that they think would suit your circumstances. That's the great thing about rescuing adult cats, rather than kittens, you know what personality you're getting so it's easier to find a good match. So first find your local rescue, get on the list for a home visit if they do that, and then just go along, meet the cats and listen to their advice and you'll probably just fall in love and that will be that ...
Aww just looking on the website, why why why do black cats get overlooked? I read a thread about this recently, I don't understand. We have a black cat that has taking to sleeping in our shed on the sun lounger cushions, he's gorgeous! Kids want to keep him (me too actually) but I told them that wouldn't be very fair on the owners (or cat servants!)
One worrying thing is that the friendly ones get adopted quickly and the nervous ones are left - these ones are not good with kids. I can certainly second this, my Sticky was a very nervous puss and never came round to the kids, whereas Cosmo was right in the thick of it, bless her. She used to head butt everyone for a stroke.
Yes it's very sad about black cats. They do have a hard time. And yes, the friendly ones get adopted much more quickly than the nervous ones. Still, as you do have children, you can't let that influence you when you're choosing - you are going to need one that's ok with kids. You could certainly try to get a black one though ....
the best thing to do is go to the center with no particular cat in mind, they should show you cats that are suitable for your family, ie cats that dont mind children, dont worry about taking your time as the staff should be happy for you to do this, if they show you a few cats kjeep in mind any that stand out and go back and look again, spend a little while with each of your short list cats, and im sure that your new master or mistress will pick you, and if no one is suitable that day rescues get cats in all the time as they rehome so if several visits are necessary dont worry the rescue will want you to have the right cat, by the way i work at a cat rescue and this is what i tell people who come to look at the older cats
we used to be regulars at the local rspca cat rescue place and they had completed all the checks. once two cats arrived that were suited to us we had a phone call and that was that! beautiful cats but needed a bit of time and love to settle.
I have always taken black and white rescues - we have been through 5 in the last 15 years (still have two of them) and all have had great characters.
I would go to the rescue, and if they have a bit communal cat cage ask can you go into it and sit down for a few minutes. Any cat that comes to climb on/attack/investigate you is probably a good bet. I think if you have children, you have to take a brave cat.
Would you consider two, by the way? Often two need rehoming together, and there is nothing better than seeing two snuggled up on a sofa, wrapped around each other.
We took our kids with us to the rescue to see the cat's reaction! One was 3 and the other nearly 2 at the time. Saw a few nervous cats but then one seemed very friendly. Took the kids into the pen with it, it was bombproof. DS (nearly 2) dropped the litter tray, tried to feed him litter pellets, climbed all round him, poked him gently in the eye ('Eye!' 'Ear') and the cat's only reaction was calm interest. I picked him up and stroked him, DD cuddled him. Totally calm.
We knew we had found our cat. He's amazing with the kids, we love him!
Oh and I had said not a long haired one, so we had overlooked our cat initially. But then the staff said to meet him as he seemed very child friendly, he'd only been there 3 weeks so they really knew their stuff.
Ironically he sheds less than the short haired ones I used to have, really soft long hair. No idea why but almost no grooming needed at all either.
How long are the ones who hide away in their pens but are described as affectionate once they get to know you likely to take to come around? We'd like to pick one that most people would overlook but don't want a cat that's going to hide behind the sofa for six months.
Unfortunately I think you're right about the black cats Toughasoldboots. When we went to Cattersea on Saturday I overheard a woman tell her children not to fall in love with a black and white cat. She was really playful and straight up to the glass to greet people but the mum vetoed because of her colouring. Can anyone explain what the problem is? I have a soft spot for tabbies and white cats because of cats I've known in the past but I'm not going to pick a cat based on that.
I would say the shy but basically friendly ones take about two weeks to come round on average. But I've had some that have been terrible in the pen, really cowering and hissy, but within about half an hour of being in my house they're all purry and happy.
We've got three rescue cats, and our local CPL are very happy for you to just go into the pens and visit with the cats to see what you think. Our black and white one had been with them for 11 months, bless her - she came over as very shy in the pens, but really came out of herself after a week.