Welcome to our Rescue Cat Shop. Bringing a rescue from the shelter or from the neighborhood can sometimes be a challenge, but be patient, you will win them over. If this is your first cat or first rescue, it is important to know that each kitty has their own personality, so focus on getting to know them and give them the space they need to find their way. If you are rescuing a kitty from the neighborhood you will want to take them to the vet right away for a checkup and to get their shots. They will be able to let you know the age, sex and their health. You can decide next steps based on this feedback. Generally cats or kittens rescued from a shelter have been evaluated, received their shots and may are spayed or neutered before being put up for adoption.
Before you bring your cat or kitten home or once you make the decision to rescue, you will want to create a kitty space. This can be a corner, space in the laundry room or under the stairs. Exposing your rescue to their space immediately will teach them the boundaries, while providing them with everything they need to live a great life with you. Don’t be surprised if they do not play the way you think they should or react to toys you give them, they were never taught to play, they focused on survival, safety and their surroundings. This does not mean they won’t play, snuggle and have fun, they might just do it a little different than a kitten who learns to play from a young age.
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Rescue Cat Supplies
1. Pick Up A Cat Crate
You will want to take a cat crate when you pick up your rescue, for each vet visit and when you travel. You may want to initially set up your crate in your new cat space because it will be the only space they are familiar with and may take shelter inside to feel safe. You don’t want to borrow one you will have to return as you will need it for vet appointments and travel.
2. Choose A Cat Blanket
Choose a washable blanket that matches your cat’s fur color to help look as good as possible between washings. Choose a soft comfy fabric that will not get caught in kitty claws.
3. Try A Bed
If your kitty spend time outdoors or has not been introduced to a cat bed, they may not be very interested. While some cats love to warm up and nap curling into their bed, others love to hide in a cat cave and get away from the world. Snuggle, soft or a cave.
4. Food & Water Bowls
Keep it simple for starters when introduce kitty to their new space. They will learn where there food it served very quickly, so being consistent is a good idea and will build trust.
5. Determine The Best Cat Collar
While all cat collars may look very similar, they are actually different. From breakaway collars that are best for indoor/outdoor cats that will release if they are caught navigating nature, flexible elastic banded collars and non-breakaway collars that are best for indoor cats. A Smart cat collar or tag will also help you keep up with kitties that enjoy the outdoors and often wander off.
6. Start with an open top litter box
No two kitties are created equal even if they have a reputation of doing things their own way. Some had to learn to survive in nature, while others grew up in a shelter with little touch. While using a little box is very natural for most, helping stray kitties to get used to a litter box is important. Start with an open topped, low side litter box and the most natural textured litter without any scent and then you can introduce litter boxes with additional bells and whistles.
7. Pick up a few books about cats
Before you bring home a new cat or kitten, you might want to do a little research, be inspired by a great story or grab a journal to keep notes about vet appointments, milestones and appointments. Unlike dogs, cats are not trained in the same way, but knowing tricks of the trade will give you and your rescue a great start.
Adopting kittens and cats is cool and a trend we see growing with the increase in apartment and smaller dwelling living. Cats adapt well to their surroundings and do not require a lot of space. There are clever litter box options, indoor cat entertainment ideas and unique cat supplies that help them fit right in.
8. Depending on your cat’s fur length, texture and shedding patterns you will want to grab cat grooming supplies
Introduce your cat to a grooming brush to help control excess shedding, knots and tangled fur.
9. Cat & Kitten Food
It is a good idea to start with hard cat food. For indoor cats choose a quality brand created the needs of cats who stay inside. For cats that spend time outside, choose a quality brand for outdoor cats. If rescued kittens are under 8 weeks old you want to ensure they are fed mild replacer to ensure they grow to be healthy kittens.
Newborn or abandoned kittens should be bottle-fed using kitten milk replacer (or KMR), which comes in either liquid or powder form. You do not want to use cow’s milk or other human milk options when caring for kittens under 6 weeks old.
10. Don’t forget to introduce a few toys to see how your kitty reacts to them
Rescue cats may not play the way you expect them to, try out a few toys and see which ones they react to
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