No one wants to give up their cat, but sometimes circumstances beyond our control mean that we can no longer give our beloved friends the good home they need. When you face such a situation, you may not want to surrender your cat to a shelter where he may eventually be killed. It would be better for the cat if you could find him a new home.
Rehoming for cats means finding them a new home, either with someone you know or with someone you can connect to via advertising, social networking or word of mouth. It's not easy to find a new home for your cat. Rehoming for cats could take you many months, so start your search as soon as possible and be prepared to go for the long run.
If you have two cats that are lifelong companions, it's best not to separate them. Try to find a good home that will take both cats. The transition will be easier if they can make it together.
Here are some tips to help in your rehoming efforts:
- Prepare your cat for rehoming by making sure they are spayed or neutered
- Make sure that all vaccinations are up to date
- Make sure your cat has been tested for FIV/FeLV
- Whenever possible, provide your cat's veterinary records
- Make sure that your cat is litter trained
How to Rehome a Cat
When looking into rehoming for cats, start with your inner circle and work your way out. Talk to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. It may be that someone you know is willing to give your cat a good home. Next, talk to your veterinarian. Maybe he or she knows someone who is looking for a new cat. Talk to the people at your local shelter. They may be able to make a rehoming connection for you. If not, you may be able to advertise on their bulletin board or newsletter.
Once you've explored all your word-of-mouth connections, it's time to advertise. Start by putting together a good flyer. Have a good picture of your cat and write a good description of what makes your cat so special. Talk about your cat's likes and dislikes. Is your cat good with people and other household pets? Post the flyer in high traffic areas - at the grocery store, in veterinary offices, at local shelters, at church or at school.
Don't discount the power of social media in rehoming for cats. Post a good picture or video of your cat along with your cat's story and ask if there is anyone who is willing to give your cat a good home. Ask everyone in your social network to share the post. Advertise online and consider posting on pet adoption sites and animal rescue sites. You never know where you will find your cat's new owner.
It is hard to give your cat away to a new home, especially when you don't know the new owner. To help make sure the new home and new owners will be a good fit for your cat, ask a lot of questions. For instance, will there be children or other pets in the home? It's important that you find a new home that will work for your cat.
It's also important to make sure that the new owners are serious about the commitment of owning a cat. By asking for a rehoming fee, you'll be more likely to find people that are committed to having a pet - and people who can afford to care for the pet. A rehoming fee will also help to safeguard your cat.
Transitioning to a new home can be difficult for cats. They are creatures of habit and they may find it difficult to adapt to a new environment with new humans. Once you find a new home for your beloved cat, make the transition as easy as possible. Make sure to take his litter box and litter, his food, his bedding and his favorite toys. Take along an article of your clothing that has your scent on it. Ask the new owner to place it in your cat's bed so he can feel that you are close by.
Taking in a Rehomed Cat
There are many advantages to taking in a rehomed cat. You will be saving the life of a cat that might otherwise go to a shelter where it could eventually be killed. You'll be getting a cat that has lived in a good home, so you'll know he has been well taken care of. A rehomed cat has also been litter trained and is used to living in a home with people.
If you are considering taking in a rehomed cat it is important that you understand exactly what you're getting into. Ask a lot of questions to make sure the cat will be a good fit for you and your family. What does the cat like to do? Is it good with other household pets? Is it affectionate or more aloof? Are there any medical problems or behavior problems that you should be aware of? Find out as much as you can about the cat and find out why the current owner is rehoming the cat. Ask for the cat's veterinary records.
For more information about rehoming, go to Rehoming - Giving up a Pet - What Are Your Options?