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Cats need to be rehomed for many reasons, not just because their owner has died. Sometimes, something goes wrong in the home life of a cat, and sadly the owner decides that he or she would be happier with another set of human 'parents'. The commonest reason is that the cat doesn’t get on with other cats. Remember that rehoming a cat means that we will be looking for an extra-stable and loving environment for them, so please don't be insulted if the rescue organisation asks to make a home visit before agreeing to let you have a cat -- we're just trying to make sure the cat has the best chance of finding a permanent and suitable second home, and matches up with their new owners, minimizing the chances of having to rehome yet again. Rehoming is stressful, so in general we look for homes without other pets or cats, as this will add to the stress of the change. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but bear in mind that adult cats do not like being moved: it’s much more traumatic and takes longer for an adult to settle than for a kitten.
SIAMESE (UK only)
Please check the 'Homes Wanted' Page for the Siamese Cat Club Welfare Trust, as they often have cats looking for homes - there were six cats waiting last time I looked.
If you wish to go on the OSSC waiting list, please contact them by email, and include the word 'Rescue' in the subject line. We need to know from you:
- where you live and where you can travel to (there's no point in sending you rescue details for a cat which is hundreds of miles away from you);
- if you are at home during the day or not;
- if you have children (their ages) and/or other animals;
- your experience with Siamese (or not);
- whether you want a cat who goes out or stays in;
- we may require a letter of recommendation from your local vet if we cannot visit you in person.
That way we can make sure that the right cat goes to the home best suited to it. You may be visited by a club member doing a 'home check' before being offered a cat. Most cats rehomed are healthy and well socialised, but we need to make sure that they suit the home offered, and that there is as little chance as possible of them needing to be rehomed again.
Occasionally we have a difficult cat who has been mistreated or who has personality problems, and sometimes we have one who will need special veterinary care that may be costly. We try to ensure that a cat is healthy and has had any outstanding veterinary treatment, and that you know as much about a cat as possible before you decide to take it on. If you would be able to take on a sick, difficult or mistreated cat, please do let us know.
The Old-style Siamese Club began to deal with rescues who came in to us rather than referring them to other Rescue groups in January 2002. Since this time we have successfully rehomed over 180 cats, and would like to thank all those people who offered homes to our waifs. We have been able to put a new rescue cat in touch with a home usually within 3-4 days of receiving them, or being notified of them. This is a wonderful record and we hope you will help us to keep it up.
Siamese Rescue and Siamese Welfare (the rescue organisations for the main Siamese clubs) usually have adult Siamese of all ages looking for homes all over the country. You can visit their website or email them if you think you may have a home for a needy cat. Don't forget to say where you live so that they can put you in touch with the regional centre closest to you.
TONKINESE (UK only)Please contact Jean Adams, the Tonkinese Cat Club rescue officer, who co-ordinates countrywide. 01227 831103 (before 8pm) or email.
BURMESE (UK only)
Burmese rescue is done by two clubs, the Burmese Cat Society (BCS) and the Burmese Cat Club (BCC). It is organised in regions, though the regional rescue officers are always in touch with each other regarding cats that may need rescuing or rehoming.
Don't forget to say where you live. There are other rescue centres which these people can put you in touch with.