1. I would like to have a rescue
cat/kitten - what do I have to do?
Take a look at our Give
a Cat a Home page for all you need to know.
2. I'm not sure if I want a rescue cat - won't
it have problems?
All sorts of cats
end up in our rehoming centres. Some are traumatised
- usually because of maltreatment or severe neglect
- and in need of special love and care; others have
simply been given to us due to a change of circumstances
for their previous owner. For example, quite often
an elderly owner goes into hospital and turns to
us in desperation having no one else who can take
in their beloved cat. These animals are in no way
victims of neglect or maltreatment.
Cats in any case are remarkable
animals for their ability to bounce back after
bad experiences. Simply talk to us about what sort
of animal you would prefer (and fill in the questionnaire
on the Give a Cat
a Home page). Cats who have suffered in the
past make the most loving and loyal of pets when
they are finally confident in their new home with
their new owner. Remember
that we are always on hand to advise and help you
if you do experience any problems.
3. I live in
a flat - can I still take in a cat?
Although most cats prefer a garden,
some are quite happy in a flat- just mention this on the
questionnaire on the Give
a Cat a Home page.
4. I need to rehome my cat - what should I do?
5. I've found / lost a cat - what can I do?
If you've found a cat in the
Enfield/Haringey area, then contact
us for advice - else try our links page
for other organisations in other areas.
If you've lost your cat, then
try some of the organisations on our links page
who may be able to help you.
6. I would
like to be a volunteer - what should I do?
7. Why must my rescue cat be neutered?
can become a real problem if left to breed. Just
one un-neutered female can produce 150
her lifetime, and if her kittens are left to
breed, it can result in 20,000
Cats can become pregnant from
as early as 6 months old - and can come into season
again immediately after giving birth.
8. I don't live in Haringey
or Enfield - can I still take in one of your cats or
help in any other way?
Yes, we won't turn you away if you
are offering us any help - just contact
us! But if you live outside our area and require help
from us (e.g. to take in a cat), then unfortunately we
just don't have the capacity, though we should be able
to put you in contact with organisations in your own area.
9. Feral cats
Kittens born to an abandoned domestic
cat will become wild if not rescued before 8 weeks old.
These are then known as feral cats.
these cats are frightened of contact with people
and will run away or hide immediately if approached.
If caught when sufficiently young, they can, with
a lot of care and appropriate handling, become domesticated
and turn into delightful pets. Adult feral cats,
on the other hand, are not so easily accommodated
and extreme caution has to be taken with their hands-on
care. It is unlikely that they will change, however,
given time and trust a feral cat will accept human
presence. See How
you can help for more information about rehoming
10. Timid cats
Timid cats are shy animals that have
either had little human contact or have been abandoned
cats are often nervous, recoiling or hiding from
human contact. However, with patience and careful
handling these cats can often make real progress
and become sociable animals.
Timid cats require a special
kind of love. If you have chosen a timid cat you
will be a special kind of person who is happy to
give love patiently and freely without making any
demands. You will be rewarded by the small changes
and be able to acknowledge just how significant
these are as you gradually encourage your timid
cat to trust you and increase his/her confidence.