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ADOPTION PROCESS

Cats and kittens make wonderful pets, providing warm and affectionate companionship for both young and old. When adopting a cat or kitten, you accept the long-term responsibility to provide suitable care and quality of life for them.
The following information will help you understand your responsibilities and outlines the procedures involved when adopting a cat or kitten from Lonely Miaow.

First Things First

Can you commit to being their FOREVER home?

Our rescues have come from a tough life – most are either born on the streets to a homeless mum, or an owned cat that was abandoned by the people that they need the most.  Can you give them a forever home and is committed to a lifetime of care for them?  Usually 15 to 20 years.  Please consider your living situation and your plans before contacting our foster homes to adopt a cat or kitten.

Can you devote the time to a pet?

Cats and kittens, despite being very independent pets, still rely on you for their daily feeding and other needs.  Do you have the time available each day to clean their litter box, feed them, groom them if necessary and provide them with good companionship?

Can you afford a pet?

Cats and kittens require regular fleaing and worming, particularly if they are indoor-outdoor.  Are you able to commit to the ongoing cost of an annual check-up to the Vet, plus the ongoing cost of food, litter, vaccinations, flea and worming treatments for the next 15-20 years?

Your family and your other pets

Please read each cat and kitten’s description carefully.  Most of our young kittens have grown up in busy Foster Homes and has had much handling, it will usually say in the description of the kitten whether they grew up in a busy home, or with other pets.  Other older kittens and cats have not had as much luck in being born into a loving Foster home, and usually have had to rough it out there with many dangers, so understandably will need some time to settle into your home.

Please take this into consideration when you are choosing your cat or kitten, talk to the Foster Home as much as you can about the personality of the cat or kitten you are wanting to adopt to ensure that you find the right fit for your family.

Be Prepared

If you have made up your mind to adopt a cat or a kitten – please prepare your home for their arrival. Essential items include:

  • Secured cat carrier (we recommend a carrier than opens from the top)
  • Cat food (wet and dry)
  • Litter
  • Litter box and scoop
  • Food and water bowl/s
  • Soft bed or box or basket with bedding for them to sleep on
  • Toys and scratching post

Set these items up in a isolated room for your potential adoptee to arrive – we suggest doing this prior to collecting your cat or kitten.

Finding your furry companion

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STEP ONE

BROWSE OUR AVAILABLE CATS & KITTENS

Browse our cats and kittens available for adoption, paying good attention to:

  • Age of the cat or kitten
  • Behaviour and temperament
  • Recommendations about children and pet(s)
  • Area where they’re being fostered

Please note: Some of the kittens we advertise are only available for pre-adoption ($50 non-refundable fee) – they are not yet ready to go home with the adopter.

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STEP TWO

SET UP A VISIT

If the cat or kitten is being fostered, please phone, email or text the foster home listed to discuss the one you are interested in.

Our foster homes are located throughout Auckland – the cats/kittens’ location is indicated on their listing.  Discuss an appropriate time and date that suits both the foster home and you to meet the cat or kitten.  Please be mindful and respectful that foster homes are volunteers who dedicate their spare time to saving furry lives.

If the cat or kitten is located in one of our PETstock stores, please simply visit the store during opening hours.

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STEP THREE

MEETING AND ADOPTING

Once you have met the cat or kitten, that it is a good match and you would like to proceed with the adoption, the foster home will ask you to complete an adoption contract.  This document is particularly important for registering your new pet’s microchip, and is also a record of ownership.

All Lonely Miaow rescue cats and kittens come desexed, vaccinated, with a NZCAR registered microchip, and up-to-date with their flea and worm treatments.

The foster home will also discuss with you whether you would like to sign up for a free PetPlan 4 weeks instant cover.

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STEP FOUR

BRINGING YOUR PET HOME

In the case that the cat or kitten you are going to see is not a pre-adoption, and you would like to be ready to bring your potential adoptee home with you immediately – please bring with you the following:

  • Secure cat carrier (we recommend a carrier than opens from the top)
  • Adoption fee in cash – please see here for adoption fees

Unfortunately we are unable to authorise release of the cat or kitten until the above two criteria have been met.

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STEP FIVE

HELPING YOUR NEW PET SETTLE

Going to a new home can be quite daunting for cats and kittens, they may need a few days to a few weeks to settle.  Properly introducing a new cat to your home will pave the way for a rewarding and long lasting relationship.  You can facilitate this transition and gently introduce your new cat or kitten by following a few simple steps:

  • Cover the carrier to minimise the stress during transport
  • Let the cat/kitten walk out of the carrier, don’t force it out
  • Isolate in a bathroom or small room first, then progressively introduce to the rest of the house
  • Transition slowly from the old food to the new food – sudden diet changes cause upset tummies
  • Gently and patiently introduce the new cat to children and other pets – give them plenty of time to adjust to one another
  • Reward resident pets for good behaviour towards the newcomer

Remember the whole process takes time and patience – it can take a few days to a few weeks for a cat or kitten to feel safe and comfortable in their new home.

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