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If you are thinking about re-homing a rescued cat and plan to visit a centre, you may be surprised to find how many pedigree cats are being rescued these days. There are many situations that force people to give up their cats. They end up in rescue centres but ultimately these lovely creatures all need to find loving homes again. There are a lot of people who have safe and secure facilities where cats can be temporarily homed while they wait to be adopted on a permanent basis, but at the end of the day, the numbers of pedigree cats looking for loving new homes is rising all of the time. Most cat welfare organisations prefer to home cats without them having to go into a rescue centre as it is a lot less stressful for the animal – but this is not always possible. Should any of the pedigree cats be suffering from a health condition, the welfare organisations often offer lifelong support for the cat even when they are re-homed. Many of the adoption forms also includes a paragraph that guarantees the centre will take the cat back should things not work out with the people who adopt a cat. When you adopt a pedigree cat from a rescue centre, you don't normally have to pay anything but you may be asked to make a donation. This is a normal practice as many of the rescue centres rely totally on the donations as well as charity to stay open and rescue all the cats that need their help.
You might want to do a little research before adopting a pedigree cat and there are several places to start. You can go online, visit breeders websites and look through cat magazines. Pedigrees tend to have very different temperaments and caring for them differs from non pedigree cats. On our website we have a cat breed page which contains photos and indepth breed profiles for all cat breeds. Some pedigree breeds need to be groomed every day to keep their long fur in good condition. You might not have the time to do this as regularly as you need to which means a cat with shorter fur would be a better choice. One breed to consider is a curly coated Selkirk Rex especially if anyone in your household is sensitive to cat hairs. If you have young children, you need to consider whether the pedigree you hope to adopt will be okay with them. Some pedigrees do not like young and energetic children around them so it is best to check this out first. Some pedigrees get on well with other pets including dogs but again you need to make sure they do before you introduce them into your home.
There are many small cat rescue centres all over the UK. One of them is based in Yorkshire and is called St Francis Persian Cat Rescue. Over the last few years thousands of Persian cats have found new homes through this small cat rescue centre and no cat is ever turned away. All rescue centres routinely check the cats over as soon as they arrive and then cats are vaccinated, neutered or spayed. If a cat is ill, they are treated and as soon as they are given the 'all clear', they are put up for adoption. Many rescue centres require a home check before agreeing to you adopting a cat from them, and they may even ask for references from a vet if you are thinking about adopting a pedigree cat. This is all done for the welfare of the animal which has to be seen as a good thing. Some Persians are not the prettiest of cats but they make up for this with their wonderful personalities. Older cats need to have all the comforts in their latter years which means a nice warm bed and lots of love and attention so they can live out their lives in a lovely home environment. With so many 'posh' cats being abandoned or even unceremoniously dumped in fields, it has become a serious issue throughout the country. Luckily, no cat ever gets turned away from rescue centres no matter how small they happen to be. The people who run the centres do their best to find new homes for their four legged pedigree residents as quickly as they can but never before the cats are ready to be re-homed.
The thing to remember is that some pedigree cats are quite highly strung creatures and need that little bit extra time to settle into a new environment. They may be fussier eaters too which means they may cost a little more to keep in the way of food. Older cats would have to be on special diets which you would have to find out about from the rescue centre they came from.
As previously mentioned, many rescue centres can only survive because of the donations they receive from people who adopt a cat or from other people who generously donate to the cause whenever they can. It's wonderful to re-home any cat because they never deserve being abandoned or left behind by their owners. Giving as much as you can when adopting a pedigree cat goes a long way to helping the rescue centre continue the good work they do.
If a rescue centre asks to carry out a home inspection, you should never be offended at the request. This is a standard procedure that's set in place for the welfare of all cats and ensures the homes they go to are suitable and safe for them to be in.
If you are thinking about adopting a pedigree cat, there are certain factors you need to consider. First, will the breed you adopt get on with your children and any other pets you may have. As long as you do the necessary research, there is no reason why adopting a pedigree pussy cat will turn out to be one of the best things you ever decide to do. Please visit our cat adoption section to view hundreds of cats which are currently looking to be rehomed from both rescue centres and private homes.
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