Cat Adoption Rules & Application

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KITTENS ARE FRAGILE. If you get home and the kitten is acting strangely in any way please call us immediately. If the kitten/cat acts lethargic, sleeps constantly, limps, throws up, nasal (nose) discharge, yellow liquid from eyes, sneezing, coughing, raspy breathing, not eating or drinking, fever, bloody stool, blood in urine, diarrhea, not urinating, or has any other symptom that does not seem right, DO NOT WAIT TO CALL!! Even if its 1 day,1 week, or months after adoption call us.

Kittens can get sick and can die in 24-48 hours if not seen immediately by a vet. There is no "wait and see if it is ok tomorrow" as there may not be a tomorrow. You have to keep a good watch on your kitten to learn its habits and to know how it behaves. We have vet options if you cannot afford to bring the kitten to the vet, so cost should not be a factor. If you bring your kitten to your vet and you still do not get satisfaction call us immediately. We will help you find out what is wrong, and we do not want the kitten to get sicker. So PLEASE CALL HOPE VALENTI OR JOAN BEARD IMMEDIATELY IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT. WE WILL HELP YOU! AS AN ADOPTER YOU AGREE NOT TO EUTHANIZE this pet without speaking to a CAPIC volunteer first.

We recommend once you get home you keep your kitten in a baby proofed small area such as a bathroom, CAGE OR CRATE, or small room, where there is nothing they can get in to. Make sure there are no open vents in the floor or walls, no open holes in walls, closets or ceilings where a kitten can get in to. Do not open windows as you may never see your kitten again. Our kittens are used to living outside, they are getting used to being indoor cats. If they get outside they will run away, that is why our cats can never be outdoor cats. Be alert for open doors to the outside. Other family pets could harm your kitten -even while playing, as a big dog does not realize its strength- and one step on the kitten could hurt it seriously. Kittens need adult supervision in a confined area.

Close toilet lids. Make sure kittens/cats cannot fall into running water or go under sinks and get into poisons under the sink or into bathroom cleaning products which are all poisonous to kittens/cats. Do not leave tops of food cans around after you feed them as they can lick and get cut on the sharp edges. If using a bathroom and you use the bathtub or shower make sure you drain the water and do not leave the kitten unattended as a kitten that falls into any water too deep will drown, so toilets can kill as can tubs filled with water, and yes they will find a way to get in. One mistake is too late. Ribbons, tinsel, yarn and other string items can be fatal so please make sure you supervise your new kitten/cat at all times while playing with any item.

Kittens also need to be kept in a warm area, so if it is winter they cannot be in an unheated area, and if its summer they need to be in a cooler area. Kittens cannot regulate their body temperatures at such an early age. You need to be their parent. Ask us if you have any questions.

Do not feed your kitten people food. Many foods are poisonous to cats, and many flowers are poisonous also. Lillies are poisonous, so never let them eat any of your flower arrangements, and don’t assume they won’t munch because they do and they can die. We suggest a store bought kitten food, such as Fromm kitten food, Wellness kitten, or any well known brand of kitten food.

All cats need canned food, and we feed Fromm, Wellness, or any store brand in Amwell Pet Supply for our adult cats. And provide fresh water daily.

Once you have adopted it may be necessary for the new owner to get the 3rd distemper (FVRCP) shot, as well as having the spay/neuter and rabies done once the kitten reaches at least 4 pounds and is 5 months old. We suggest doing this around 5 months as that is the recommended age for spay/neuter. It is always a good idea to get a fecal done and another deworming once you adopt the kitten, to make sure all parasites and worms are gone. Please see your vet paperwork to see what was done for you new pet. Ask the vet you go to what is recommended and make sure you explain and bring your paperwork so they know what was already done. We want you and your pet to live a long and healthy life together. And please keep in touch we love updates. And we love our kittens and cats. By signing this agreement you agree to contact a CAPIC volunteer in case of any sickness or problem that your kitten may contract and to not euthanize the kitten without speaking to a CAPIC volunteer first.