About Adopting

About adopting…

The adoption fee for a cat or kitten is $60.00. River Cities offers a 20% discount on the adoption fee to all Senior Citizens (55 and above).

All cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, are screened for Feline Aids, Feline Leukemia and heartworms, have been wormed, had their ears cleaned and are up to date on their core vaccinations. All cats are litter box trained and socialized.

The shelter also offers monthly specials on certain categories of cats. For example, September is Adopt a Senior Cat month and November is Adopt a Black Cat month so fees are reduced for those particular cats that month.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting A New Cat/Kitten!

Hiding under furniture
Not eating, drinking or using litter box for a couple days
Crying, hissing, and growling
Fearful, nervous, and tense

Bringing Your Shelter Cat Home

Your new cat has had a rough day already, and will probably be stressed by the time you bring him home. He is most likely used to the close environment of a shelter cage, so it would be best to keep him confined in a small safe room for the first few days, especially if there are other cats in the house. Keep new pets separated while you are not home until you are sure they are comfortable with each other.

Let your cat set the rules at first. Don’t be surprised if the cat hides under the bed for several days. As long as he or she has food, water, a litter box, a place to sleep, and a toy or two, he will be okay. Chances are when you are not in the room, he will be coming out to eat, use the litter box, or explore. You can offer special treats or canned food when you visit; so that they associate you with good things.

Gradually increase your together time. Talk to your cat when you are in the safe room. You may want to sit in a chair and read a book. Interact with him use teaser toys to coax him out. He’ll come around when he finally feels safe with you, but don’t rush it. Count your victories in small increments: the first time he peeks out at you from under the bed; the first time he plays with a wand toy with you; the first time he takes a treat you offer him. When he finally jumps up and settles in on your lap, you’ll know that he is now your cat, and no longer a shelter cat.

New Cat Supplies Checklist

Congratulations on adopting your new family member! Take a moment to make sure you have all the necessities—your cat will thank you for it!

__ID tag & breakaway collar
__Cat food
__Pet bowls (2)
__Litter box (rule of thumb: one for each cat, plus one)
__Litter & pooper scooper
__Scratching post
__Flea treatment
__Cat carrier (for vet trips/emergencies)
__Plan for veterinary care

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