FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I find my lost cat?
Is it safe to spay or neuter a cat under six months of age?
What is the answer to controlling the overpopulation problem of felines?
When are kittens available?
How do I integrate a new cat into my home (with or without resident cats)?
How do I kitten proof my home, to protect my new kitty?

How do I find my lost cat?

If your indoor cat has slipped out accidentally, it will try to get back in the same way it got out. If you can leave that door or window open, your kitty will probably reappear and try to get back in. But you have to be ready for him or he will turn around and go the other way. Put food and water out as this will keep him close to home. Cats generally will not leave their food source, but if nothing is there then their How do I find my lost cat?

If your indoor cat has slipped out accidentally, it will try to get back in the same way it got out. If you can leave that door or window open, your kitty will probably reappear and try to get back in. But you have to be ready for him or he will turn around and go the other way. Put food and water out as this will keep him close to home. Cats generally will not leave their food source, but if nothing is there then their hunting instincts will kick in and they will wander off. Keep their pet carrier with a piece of your clothing inside, so they will pick up your scent. You can use a live trap as well in case they are timid.

The cat is usually within a block and a half from home. Putting up posters on light poles and in busy stores is insufficient in this busy community. A more effective way of locating your kitty is by putting a mini poster, (which has a photo of your cat’s face, colour and markings description and as many phone numbers as possible for 24 hours messages), in everyone’s mail box (or taped to their front door) within a two-block radius. This seems like a lot of walking, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly this can be accomplished. If there is a greenbelt, school yard, parking lot or busy street, you must do at least a block on the other side as well. If there is no response after a week, put the flyers out again, this will really perk up everyone’s interest and they will know you are serious about find your cat, and will keep a better look out. When you get someone saying they saw your cat by their house at a certain time of day, put out flyers again stating that your cat has been seen near their house, and please call if they see him or her. Be at that sighting location an hour before the time noted, have food out and sit quietly and wait. Your cat may be very nervous by now and may not recognize you right away, but do not be disheartened, it may just take a little time for them to catch your scent. You may need to use a pet carrier, or a pillow case to transport you kitty, or even obtain a humane trap if they are especially stressed by their experience. The number one thing to do is not give up, your cat is out there, be persistent and patient!

Is it safe to spay or neuter a cat under six months of age?

This procedure, called a pediatric spay/neuter, has safely been done for almost twenty years for local rescue organizations including Pet Patrol. Generally, your veterinarian will not recommend it to the general public and their owned cats. But knowing the good work that cat rescue organizations do, and the overpopulation problem, most vets who support rescue groups will provide this proceedure. There have been continuing studies regarding growth and future behaviour problems, and no known issues have resulted from a pediatric spay or neuter.

What is the answer to controlling the overpopulation problem of felines?

A low-cost spay/neuter clinic! Click here: Spay Central & Humane Alliance.

When are kittens available?

There is actually a kitten season, which is from late spring to late fall. Most mother cats will not go into heat when autumn approaches because their eight week gestation would mean they would give birth when the weather is cold and there is snow on the ground. This would put the kittens in great jeopardy for both exposure and prey. Cats who are indoors, but are not spayed and allowed to breed, will give birth anytime of the year, including the winter months. Thankfully it is becoming unacceptable to breed your cat with so many homeless cats around. If you are looking for a particular colour of kitten and length of hair, you may have to be patient until one comes into our care. Kittens are available to be adopted once they are spayed or neutered and have their first set of vaccines, which can be done as early as eight weeks of age.

How do I integrate a new cat into my home (with or without resident cats)?

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How do I kitten proof my home, to protect my new kitty?

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