You’re not starting from scratch. When you buy a kitten, you’re essentially bringing an infant into your home- a completely untrained, unsocialized little critter who thinks the crate you bought for him is a jail (and who cries to get out…at 3 AM!). Because rescue cats spend time in Joy’s home before they are adopted, they come to you with at least some social skills and some degree of housebreaking and litter training! Remember they are grateful to be rescued. The bond is strong. Cats who have not had the best possible start in life-who have been neglected or even abused-tend to be very loyal and affectionate.
A cat that has been neglected or abandoned once is usually eager to become part of a loving home, where she feels safe and secure, and is likely to act accordingly. We find that rescue cats are generally eager to please their new owners. Puppy/Kitten mill rescues often want to be in your lap at all times and will follow you from room to room, just to be near you. Fewer vet fees. Rescue cats have had physical examinations, have been spayed or neutered, have been tested for heartworm, and are up to date on shots.
When you buy a puppy or kitten, you pay for the dog AND for kitten shots, spaying or neutering, and any other basic medical expenses. Joy knows exactly what ailments each cat has and knows each cat’s temperament. What you see is what you get. When you buy a kitten, you can never really be sure what type of cat you’re going to get. All kittens are cute and playful, but their adult personalities aren’t visible until they’re about one/two years old. So you don’t know whether you’re getting a cat who wants to play all the time (ALL the time!) or a couch potato. When you rescue a cat, you know what the cat’s personality is like and whether it fits with what you want in a cat companion.
You also know, in advance, about any problem areas the new owner will have to address. It teaches your children good values. Face it-we live in an extremely materialistic society, in which TV teaches kids that everything can be bought, that they should get their parents to buy them everything, and that anything worth having costs a lot of money. Adopting a rescue cat for your family presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children basic values of compassion and caring, and also about the value of second chances. Hopefully this makes up your mind in supporting a real good cause and help giving back… Please phone Joy on 082 781 4761 (no sms’s please) and make some time in your busy schedules to see all the amazing cats she has that need homes. thanks take care Natalie Kretzmar (site administrator)