(Closed) How can I tell if this cat is going to a good home?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Shirinjoon: Is she spayed? If not, you should require the adopter to spay her (and provide proof of spay) or have the adopter purchase a pre-paid spay voucher from the vet after she is approved and prior to picking up her new cat.

I’d also aks for a vet reference as well as draw up a contract stating that if ever the cat can no longer live in their home, she be returned to you. I’d also put something in the contract requiring the cat not be declawed.

I’d also ask for another reference stating the daughter’s experience with animals and ask basic questions about cat care to ensure they know how to properly care for the cat.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

ask if they have other pets, or if they no longer have pets what happened to them. ask if they ever had to give up a pet. make sure you charge a fee. i would also call their vet.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Where in Maryland are you? I live in NoVA I can ask around. Go to lunch with the person and ask them questions about animals they have had before. I think you probably just get a vibe of whether or not they are a good person.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Shirinjoon: Ahh I wish you had posted this a few weeks ago! My mom lives in Olney and JUST got a cat about 3 weeks ago! I would have asked her!! I have friends that live in Moco – I will ask them and let you know. I dont know of anyone off the top of my head that wants one but we will see. Are you from Rockville?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you still need help, please feel free to PM me.

I foster for a local rescue and for my vet as well. I can forward you the application I use.

I have TWO very important tips!

1) ASK QUESTIONS. Lots of them. This is why an application is useful. That way you don’t phrase the question in a way that let’s people know what the “right” answer is (ie, you don’t plan to let her outside do you?)

2) DON’T BELIEVE WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU. I know this sounds like it doesn’t make sense, but require a vet reference (or multiple personal references if they have never owned a pet) and landlord information. CALL all references, and be sure to call the landlord to make sure cats are allowed. I cannot tell you how many seemingly great adopters I’ve had that have assumed I wouldn’t check this things. Sometimes I find that people have never had their cats in for even rabies vaccinations (it’s the law), or that the landlord doesn’t even allow pets.

If you really want to put your mind at ease, do a home visit.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

I’d get a reference from a vet they had used (if they used to have an animal).

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I didn’t read through all of the PP’s so I don’t know if this has been mentioned or not but I would HIGHLY suggest charging a small re-homing fee. Nothing crazy, $25-$50 would be good. This would ensure that the person who’s adopting the kitty actually wants her. Most people won’t pay for an animal they plan to not give a shit about. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If the person is trying to get the cat for someone else, I’m a little worried.  That person may not want it, etc. or the cat may not turn out to be what they hoped or whtaever, so the poor thing might be out of a home again. 

I adopted a cat last year.  Say that there’s an adoption fee – that will turn away monsters that want to use the cat as bait, etc.  Seriously.  Meet them in person, have them meet the cat.  There are terrible people out there  🙁

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Shirinjoon: $40 is not a lot.  Why is she concerned about the final price?? 

 

Here, if you adopt from a rescue org, they’ll have a fee of $100.  I think people on Craigslist (where I found my kitty) charge between $50 and $100 (or at least they say they are, so undesirable people are turned away).

Haha I’m getting overprotective of your kitty~

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