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Celebrating Rescue Cats

March 1 2024

International Rescue Cat Day is March 2nd. We’re delighted to give Fluffy her moment in the spotlight! Many of our feline patients have been rescued. While many may have faced adversity, plenty of those gorgeous kitties are now living the cushy lives of spoiled pets, sleeping, exploring whatever boxes their humans take home, and basically just being adorable. Giving a kitty in need a second chance is a simple act of compassion that can have a wonderful impact on both your and Fluffy’s lives. This article features a local North Miami Beach, FL veterinarian discussing rescue cats.

What Are the Statistics About Rescue Cats?

The stats for rescued pets are pretty dismal. Nobody knows exactly how many homeless cats live in the United States, but estimates range from 60 million to 100 million. Unfortunately, these numbers appear to be increasing.

Every year, many of those cats end up in shelters, but this does not always result in a happy ending. Approximately 3.4 million cats are admitted to shelters each year. Of those, about 1.3 million get adopted. Unfortunately, around 1.4 percent are euthanized.

Do Rescue Pets Have Issues?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Our kitty companions are all unique! Some rescue kitties move calmly into their new homes, plop down in the middle of the living room floor, and act as if they have always owned the place. Others may require more time to adjust. Some felines may require specific attention.

If you fall for a rescue cat who is recuperating from sickness or has unique needs, consult with your North Miami Beach, FL veterinarian and the animal shelter about Fluffy’s specific care requirements.

Keep in mind that many kitties struggle with major transitions. Fluffy may need some time to get used to her new surroundings and feel safe. Be patient and allow your adorable pet time to acclimate. Time, love, and patience can make a world of difference here!

Why Are Rescue Cats So Affectionate?

Many people claim that their rescue cats are even more loving and affectionate than the ordinary kitty. While hard statistics on this topic are difficult to obtain, it certainly makes sense. Our feline buddies have good memories, and are smart enough to realize when someone has helped them. Even wild animals are known to show gratitude to those who have aided them. Fluffy showing her love and admiration for her saviors is just purr for the course!

What Is The First Thing You Should Do When Adopting A Cat?

Contact your veterinarian! Your cat will need a thorough nose-to-tail examination. It’s also critical to get Fluffy caught up on any immunizations or parasite control medications she requires. If your kitty companion has not yet been spayed or neutered, this should be on the schedule as well. Don’t forget about microchipping!

Aside from making that appointment, a trip to the pet store is definitely necessary. You’ll need to pick up some supplies for your new feline companion. Fluffy will require toys, dishes, a litterbox, litter, a scratching post, a carrier, and at least one comfortable bed. We would also recommend picking up a kitty tower, though this does not have to happen right away.

What Should I Do If I Find A Cat That Needs Help?

The answer to this one will vary, depending on the circumstances.

The Universal Kitty Distribution System occasionally connects cats with their designated owners by having the kitties unexpectedly arrive in their people’s lives. For example, Fluffy may simply show up on someone’s porch, at their job, or even by the side of the road, melt their hearts, and therefore claim her human companion.

If you find a cat on your porch, you do not have to keep her, but you can still help Fluffy out.

If you come across a wounded or sick cat, we recommend taking Fluffy to your veterinarian right away. This may mean visiting an emergency clinic, but if it is after hours and/or the cat does not appear to require immediate emergency care, you can bring Fluffy home first. Set up your feline companion in a quiet, comfortable area with bedding, food, drink, and a litterbox, then bring her in the following day.

We strongly encourage you to quarantine her from all other pets and children until your vet gives you the all-clear.

Bonding with a Rescue Cat

The old saying You Can’t Hurry Love is particularly relevant here. Don’t force attention on Fluffy; she needs to feel safe and trust you. This may take some time.

Again, this will differ from kitty to kitty. Fluffy may quickly decide that you’re the bee’s knees and want to snuggle up to you whenever she can. She may also be more hesitant.

Here are some tips:

  • Treats! Give Your Kitty Snacks. Tuna; plain, cooked chicken or fish; and/or kitty treats are all good options. 
  • Let Kitty Have Her Say: Always let your feline friend determine when cuddling time is over. If she goes away, don’t force her; simply leave her be.
  • Offer Little Luxuries: Providing kitty comforts like beds, boxes, cat towers, scratching posts, snacks, and catnip will help your feline friend feel more at ease and safe. Window seats are also much appreciated.
  • Provide A Safe Space: If you have young children, other pets, and/or your home is noisy or chaotic, provide your feline companion with secure places to hide if she gets nervous. Kitty condos are fantastic, but you could also provide a comfortable box.
  • Strike Up A Conversation: Talk to your rescued cat. Use a friendly tone.
  • Extend A Hand Of Friendship: Hold out your hand to Fluffy. If she approaches, let her sniff your hand before gently touching her ears or forehead.
  • Make Time To Play: Play with your new pet! Holding a laser pointer or wand toy is an excellent way to get that motor going.
  • Affection: If your kitty enjoys being petted, indulge her!

Ask your veterinarian for further information. We’re also happy to offer advice on Fluffy’s nutrition and care requirements.

What Are Some Tips for Adopting a Rescue Cat?

Adopting any kind of animal is a lifelong commitment.  However, there are several factors to consider before adopting a rescued cat.

Look At The Big Picture: Consider the rest of your household. This includes other pets, children, and any roommates you may have, as well as your schedule and budget. Make sure you’re prepared, willing, and able to care for Fluffy for the rest of her natural life.

Give Fluffy A Quiet Space To Settle In: This is especially vital if you own additional pets! Keep them separate until your North Miami Beach, FL veterinarian gives you the all-clear.

Consider Getting Two Furballs: If you don’t already have any pets, you might want to think about getting two. If you adopt both at the same time, neither will have established your place as their territory. Many cats benefit from having companions. Fluffy and Mittens may be able to share many things, like toys and furnishings, so you won’t have to double your spending to double the cute.

Petproof Carefully: Kittens are incredibly playful! Unfortunately, this can backfire. You will need to handle any potential hazards.

This includes:

  • Ropes And Strings
  • Plastic Bags Or Wrappers
  • Paper Bags  With Ties
  • Small Or Sharp Objects, Such As Beads, Safety Pins, Jewelry, And Rubber Bands
  • Toxic Plants
  • Chemicals, Including Cleaning Agents, Fertilizers, Insecticides, And Automobiles.
  • Medication (Both Prescription And OTC)

We would also urge that your windows and doors close tightly. Contact your veterinarian for further information.

Don’t be surprised if your heart melts the first time Fluffy snuggles up with you or starts purring after you pet her. Rescuing a kitten can be a wonderful experience. It’s also a purrfect way to find your feline companion!

Schedule An Appointment At Your North Miami Beach, FL Animal Hospital

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us at your North Miami Beach, FL pet hospital today! We are always happy to help.