ADOPT a cat

The Raystede Adoption Guide

You can teach an older cat new tricks…

We have cats of all types and ages at Raystede and we understand how easy it is to choose a younger cat when considering adoption. But do not overlook the older cats! They have special qualities of their own. Older cats can make excellent companions, are very affectionate and tend to be more settled and live life at a slower pace.

Still so much to offer

We generally have around six to eight older cats available for adoption at any one time. These may be ten years plus. Sometimes people are concerned about choosing an older cat because they have recently lost a loved companion and feel that with a younger cat they will have more years together.  Cats today are living into their teens and even twenties so you may find you have many happy years ahead.

Many of the older cats that come to Raystede have out-lived their owners or their owners have moved somewhere that does not allow pets. These cats make wonderful, loving companions for people looking for a feline friend.

We always have a long list of older cats waiting to come in. Please help us find homes for them!

The advantages of an older cat

  • With an older cat you know exactly what you are getting. Mature cats have already developed their personality. Kittens can be unpredictable. At nine weeks it can be impossible to judge whether a kitten will become a ‘lap cat’, very independent or a hunter.
  • Mature cats generally like their home comforts more. They want a warm place to sleep (often your lap) and a favourite spot to watch the world go by, such as your window sill or back of the sofa.
  • Your curtains and pot plants have a much higher chance of surviving an encounter with an older cat than a kitten!
  • All kittens rehomed under 6 months will be required to be returned to Raystede for neutering. A date will be given to you on adoption.

Your mature cat may be less supple and appreciate a helping hand in grooming those more hard to reach spots!

Studies have shown that cats provide health benefits to people, including stress and blood pressure reduction. We get huge pleasure from seeing the joy that our cats bring to their new owners and the years of friendship that both cat and owner have to look forward together.

First things first…

If you would like to offer a new home to one of our cats there are a few simple guidelines we ask everyone to follow:

  • We take particular care when rehoming a cat to a family with young children.
  • You need to have access to a safe outside area.
  • If you are planning a holiday or moving home within three months of registering for rehoming a cat , please consider delaying your application until you know your home life will not be disrupted.
  • If you wish to adopt a kitten, someone will have to be at home during the day for the first few months until the cat is properly settled

You can be reassured that all our cats are:

  • Health checked by a vet
  • Assessed for their character and temperament
  • Neutered
  • Vaccinated (first)
  • Treated against fleas and worms
  • Microchipped in case of loss
  • Given four weeks free Petplan insurance
  • We are also happy to give you any follow up advice you need once your cat is home with you

Adoption fees

As we are a charity we do have to ask for a contribution to some of these costs. Adoption fees are:

  • Cats 8 years and over - £60
  • Cats between 7 months and 7 years old - £90
  • Kittens (up to and including six months) - £110

Next steps

Want to go ahead with adopting a cat? The Cattery team are available to discuss adoption every day of the week between 10.00am and 4.00pm. No appointment is necessary but please arrive before 3pm to allow sufficient time to meet the team and any suitable cats.

Just download and complete an application form either here or at Customer Services. A member of our cattery team will then go through your application with you when you visit us and discuss what cats we have available.

Once you have found the right cat for you, you may reserve it.

Home visit: Our home visitor will contact you to arrange a home visit after you have taken your cat home. This gives you the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have with regards to your cat once it has settled in.

Nearly there...

All that remains to do is to ring the cattery to arrange a time to collect your cat. We will then make an appointment with our Rehoming Team.

Ever thought of fostering?

Could you help us with our cat fostering service? If you live in Sussex or Kent we are always looking for volunteers to care for cats temporarily whose families are in need of short-term help. Once family circumstances are more settled then the cat is returned to its original owners.

Want to know more about this very worthwhile project?  You can contact us by email at Petlink or call 01825 880478.


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