Going to pick up your cat? Wondering what to bring with you?
- Collar with Tags with your name and phone number. A breakaway collar works best.
- A carrier. For the sake of your new pet and your car, cats should be kept in a carrier on the drive home. They may panic on the drive, try to sit on your lap, or experience a nerves-related bout of diarrhea or upset stomach.
- Lots of love! 🙂
Understanding your new cat’s veterinary records:
- CORE: All dogs adopted from our rescue are vaccinated at least once with the FVRCP combo vaccine, which protects against the most common and dangerous canine illnesses. The vaccine most often used by our veterinary partners is the FVRCP vaccine, which prevents Feline Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes), Calici, and Panleukopenia. If your cat is under 16 weeks s/he will need to be boostered 3-4 weeks after its last vaccine to be optimally protected.
- RABIES: Only cats over 16 weeks have been vaccinated for Rabies. If your cat was adopted under 16 weeks, please visit your veterinarian for the FVRCP booster and Rabies vaccine.
- OTHERS: Although there are other vaccines available, such as the Feline Leukemia vaccine, they aren’t required or usually recommended for indoor cats. If you feel your cat should have the Feline Leukemia vaccine, please speak with your veterinarian.
- FIV/FeLV Test
- All cats adopted through our rescue will be tested for FIV and FeLV. Those test results will show on your Animal Health Record. Cats can be tested for these diseases at 8 weeks and older.
Once you get your new cat home:
- Register that microchip! INSTRUCTIONS ON REGISTERING CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://goodkarmapetrescue.org/?page_id=566. 75-80% of pets that accidentally get loose are NEVER returned to their owners. Please be responsible for keeping your cat safe at all times. If your cat does get lost, registering the microchip gives your new pet a better chance of being returned to you.
- Do not overwhelm your new cat with strangers, children and chaos. Let your cat adjust to its new family and schedule in peace & quiet.
- Have other cats at home? Here are tips on introducing them to make sure you are setting the resident cat and your new cat up for a lifetime of friendship: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/introducing-your-cat-new-cat
- If your new cat is the only cat and is nervous in her new environment, you may choose to give her just a room to call home at first — a guest room or bathroom works great. As she grows more comfortable in her new environment she will want to come out, explore, and make friends.
- Make an appointment with your veterinarian for a get-to-know you visit with your new cat. You will need to bring your adoption records with you to the visit. If you do not have a veterinarian, let us know and we can give you a recommendation.
- Register your pet with the County. Your pet will need to have a rabies vaccine (which requires a minimum age or 16 weeks) to be registered. Broward residents can click here for registration information: http://www.broward.org/ANIMAL/TAGSANDSHOTS/Pages/PurchasingRegistration.aspx.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
Cats may have diarrhea and stomach upset because of a change in diet. Please do not feed your new cat inexpensive food (Nine Lives, Special Kitty), it will hurt their already stressed digestive systems and will not give them the nutrients needed to recover from the recent stresses in her life.
BE CONCERNED IF: Diarrhea persists for more than 2 days, OR sooner if it has blood mixed in with it. Please contact the rescue if this type of symptom occurs immediately after adoption. If the cat has been in your care for a week or more, please contact your veterinarian. These cats are wormed, however the stress of shelter/transport, foster home and now your home can suppress the immune system, meaning latent worms in their system can grow unrestrained. A fecal float done by your vet is inexpensive and should diagnose worms or parasites in the system.