RSPCA home visit - what should I expect?

(25 Posts)
PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 09:28:15

Morning all!
Sadly we had to have our DCat put to sleep this week and we don't want to be a cat free home for long. So we've registered with the local RSPCA with a view to re-homing one of their cats.
So, this afternoon we have a 'home visit' appointment for our suitability to be assessed. What should we expect? <nervous>

Sparklingbrook Fri 23-Aug-13 09:32:04

Don't be nervous. I only have experience of Cats' Protection visits, but it really is just a chat.

They want to see where you live more than anything, the area, busy roads etc. It's all about matching you up with the right cat.

They will need to know if you have any other pets, ages of any DC, what sort of cat you are after etc. If you had never had a cat before they would probably go into the finer details of cat ownership.

No tidying up necessary. grin

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 09:43:07

Thanks Sparkling,
I have already told the DD's they ought to think about tidying their rooms before the RSPCA lady comes this afternoon, citing 'we don't want to be ruled out for untidiness' grin

Sparklingbrook Fri 23-Aug-13 09:47:55

I think a pristine house isn't great if you are about to rehome a cat. grin Are you hoping for a kitten or an older cat?

cozietoesie Fri 23-Aug-13 09:56:09

I should imagine that cat home visitors have pretty well seen it all so I wouldn't bother too much about hoovering the lampshades. They'll be more interested in whether you have what looks like a loving, reasonably organized home.

Any thoughts about the sort of cat you might want to give a home to?

smile

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 10:02:35

Oh ok I won't fret too much then.

Welll, our last cat was a female tortie who we inherited in middle-age from our neighbour when she emigrated. She was an absolute dear and very girlie.

This time we are hoping to get a male 'bruiser'. i want an adolescent cat preferably, between 1 and 2 years old. DH passed away in April and it is now just me & the 2 DD's, so we all thought we'd like some male hormones back in the household. smile

We have got 2 tortoises aswell, but hopefully they won't make a big impact on the RSPCA's decision?

Sparklingbrook Fri 23-Aug-13 10:10:14

Oh Pesto I am so sorry to hear that.

I have always had rescue cats about 2 years old. The ones that get overlooked during kitten season.

So when you pass the Home Visit you can go and have a look. smile Have you had a look on the website?

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 10:28:27

Thank you. We've got a certain cat in mind, coz we looked on their website first before visiting the RSPCA. But tbh to get to the cats you had to walk through the dogs, and I really felt like taking the whole lot of them home!

So we saw the cat we were interested in, but haven't met him yet. Am hoping if this visit goes well, that we may go and see him properly either later today or tomorrow. <<fingers crossed we 'pass' the home visit>>

Sparklingbrook Fri 23-Aug-13 10:29:30

Exciting!

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 10:30:32

Yes, much as I like kittens, I really don't want to have those to deal with at the moment smile

Bloodsocks Fri 23-Aug-13 10:33:10

Ahh good luck Pesto! That will be one spoiled boy if you do end up with him!

Sparklingbrook Fri 23-Aug-13 10:40:50

We will need to see pictures when you bring him home. smile

cozietoesie Fri 23-Aug-13 10:54:11

Best of luck then.

smile

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 17:04:20

Thanks for the encouragement, the home visit went well and we went straight over to the RSPCA afterwards. Just getting used to the new Purrfect addition to our family smile

Think I've managed to put a photo on my profile!

Sparklingbrook Fri 23-Aug-13 17:08:47

Oh my word what a beautiful cat, and you have him already? grin What's his name, he looks so lovely.

hugoagogo Fri 23-Aug-13 17:26:04

He is lovely grin

It can all happen so quickly can't it? We called up our local rescue place one morning after eyeing up the website the night before, the next day we had a cat!

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 18:16:47

He is truly lovely, and he's called Willow smile

He's just getting his bearings at the moment, but I'm sure he's going to be very happy here. I can't stop smiling smile

Loshad Fri 23-Aug-13 18:19:25

Aww, lovely was nice and speedy grin

issey6cats Fri 23-Aug-13 18:39:07

willow is georgous

MexicanHat Fri 23-Aug-13 19:20:24

Aww he is gorgeous smile

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 19:41:34

Thank you everyone smile

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 23-Aug-13 19:41:49

Ooh he's GORGEOUS. I hope your all very happy together.

He does look a bruiser.

cozietoesie Fri 23-Aug-13 19:53:42

What a handsome boy. He looks very much as if he's thinking about things. I reckon he'll be in charge of the house within a couple of weeks.

Has he got any 'white cat' physical issues? (Deafness etc.)

timtam23 Fri 23-Aug-13 21:57:52

What a very beautiful cat, he looks so relaxed!

PestoSwimissimos Fri 23-Aug-13 22:37:02

No deafness, but will need Factor 50 on the tips of his ears & nose once he's allowed out grin

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