What do I need to ask about cats advertised for rehoming?

(6 Posts)
EffieWilson Wed 01-Jun-16 14:18:41

They are five months and 19 months. I don't mind doing/ paying for things that they will need but what are the things I should be asking about? I've been waiting for slightly older ones as that seemed fairer with primary aged children (although apparently these are used to children).

Any and all advice gratefully received!

MadamDeathstare Wed 01-Jun-16 20:18:14

I would want to know why they are being rehomed.
Are they spayed/neutered.
Do they have any medical conditions that require regular treatment. DeathCat2 turned out to have herpes which was controllable, but it did cost money for the medicines each month. DeathCat1 had worms, and nobody had removed the stitches from when she was spayed. It was lucky I took her to the vet's for a check up after getting her so the stitches were removed and she got worm treatment.
What litter tray and litter do they use and are they consistent about using a tray.
Do they have any strange habits. DeathCat1 used to wake DH several times a night to stroke her while she ate. If he didn't wake up she would dig him out of the covers and bite his back until he got up. She would also present us with rubber balls several times a night with much howling.
Do they get on well with each other or will it be like Attack of the Gargoyles in your house on a regular basis?
What are their dispositions? Do they need constant attention, or are they very nervous?
Are they indoor or outdoor cats.

justdontevenfuckingstart Wed 01-Jun-16 20:20:26

Are they pregnant? Have just seen someone on book face trying to rehome their pregnant cat. Wants £10 so they know she is really wanted.

sugarplumfairy28 Wed 01-Jun-16 20:52:21

Pretty much everything said already, ask if they have been exposed to children and how they reacted. Ask if you can take something that smells of you in so they can get used to your scent. Ask about things carers have noticed that they really well and respond well to.

EffieWilson Thu 02-Jun-16 23:59:40

Great advice, thank you. They're being rehomed as the person they're with is an unofficial cat rescue and rehomer- they feel that as new kittens/ cats come in these 2 are finding it increasingly unsettling. They have been wanting these 2 to go together as they are best pals which has meant less interest as people only wanting one. They sleep together and by all reports are very close (not related but the younger one came as a very small kitten). No health issues. Younger one not spayed but booked in for next month. They live with kids at the moment, owner says happy to be petted/ relaxed around kids. Use the litter tray well. Have outside access but tend to potter round the garden, don't currently go far. Older one is female, hasn't had any litters.

I'm beyond excited at the idea they might come and live here!!! Does it all sound okay?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 03-Jun-16 07:28:21

You never know until you get them. I'm a softy so I'd be buying a carrier for each and stocking up on food.

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