Friday, 1 August 2008

Golden Oldies

We usually have elderly cats who need new homes in the cattery. For a cat lover, can there be a more satisfying owner/cat relationship than giving a chance to a cat who might not be at the top of many people's lists because he is old or frail? Yet he deserves the best, just like all our cats. Please don't write a cat off because he/she is 10+ years. At the moment, we have cats of that age in the cattery. Most of them are in reasonably good health, some in excellent health. Perhaps you will give them a chance to transform their lives. If you want more information, please ask the staff in the cattery when you visit. They are always knowledgeable and eager to help.

Friday, 13 June 2008

One cat or two?

You will regularly see on our site pairs of cats who need to be re-homed together. You may also have noticed that, sometimes, they take longer to re-home and perhaps you have wondered why we just don't split them up. It is usually because the cats are very, very close to one another. Perhaps they were litter siblings and have never known life without one another. Or, they may be from different litters, but have lived together for years.

Very often their emotional attachment to one another is very deep and very touching and, in those circumstances, it would be cruel to separate them. Of course, it worries us when it takes a long time to re-home them, but we believe that we must wait. When there is no particular attachment between pairs, even if they have come in together, then we do sometimes separate them.

What are the benefits of having two cats together? There are many reasons. They are company for one another and, if you are out at work all day, it is far easier to leave them for longer periods of time without having to worry about them.
They amuse one another and play together. Especially with younger cats, this can be a good thing, particularly if you are not the type of person who likes to play toys with your pet.
It is also very interesting to watch them interact and watch out for each other. Also to see them curled up together as they sleep.

We realise that the cost of keeping two cats is higher and you are the only ones who can know whether you can meet that cost, so you would need to balance that against the undoubted joys of having a cat pair.

At this time, we have a few cat pairs available for re-homing. I happen to think that they are all special, but they do have distinctive characteristics, just like us. Why not pay them all a visit? We never put any kind of pressure on anyone, as it is important that owners have the cats which are right for them and also important that cats have the new home which is best for them. You can take your time and visit as often as you like.

Next time you want a new pet, please consider one of our cat pairs.

Also please look at our latest success story, where we hear how Tizzy and Munch have settled down well in their new home.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Think First...

Please remember that pet ownership takes time, money, commitment and patience-owning a pet is likely to change your life completely. If you find an animal to which you want to offer a home, we will need to ensure the animal is suitable for your circumstances. This process will include a home visit. We will provide advice on how to care for your new kitten or cat. All our animals are neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped before adoption.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Adopting a Rescue Cat

Sometimes cats are returned to us after a couple of weeks, perhaps because they haven't settled as well in their new homes as their new owners would like, or because they are not getting on with the other animals in the household, or because they are still biting etc. etc. etc. Basically, there are as many reasons as there are adopters.

It is important, from the outset, not to have unrealistic expectations from your rescue cat. Please bear in mind that the fact that they are in need of rescuing (particularly if they are adult cats) suggests that they have experienced sad events in their lives, whether it is the death of their
owners, or that their owners no longer want them, or they have been ill-treated, or the owners have moved to a new home where cats are not allowed and so on. Again, there could be any number of reasons why the cats have come in to Llys Nini.

An information leaflet is being prepared to deal with this particular problem and should, hopefully, be available soon.

We need adopters who are 100% committed to their new cat.