Adopting a Cat
Our cats are located at a private boarding facility near Norwich. If you are interested in adopting a cat from us please complete an online enquiry form and one of our Animal Welfare Team will contact you. Please note, all of our viewings are by appointment only as we have no animals on site.
We charge a minimum adoption fee for our cats, payable by cash or credit/debit card at the adoption appointment:
Junior (0 -12 months) £85
Adult (1-8 years) £75
Senior (8+ years) £65
These fees in no way cover the amount it costs the RSPCA to care for all the animals we have. Please remember we receive no government funding and are primarily responsible for raising our own finances in the local area. All of our cats are vet checked, microchipped, neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms and come with 4 weeks free insurance.
Things to Consider
Do you live near a busy or well used road?
Cats are naturally curious creatures and can explore up to a 5 mile radius in a day. Keeping them safe is essential and a busy road/junction nearby can spell trouble. We will have to consider this when adopting out a cat. An 'indoor' cat (meaning that they do not go outside for health reasons) may be more suitable if where you live may be unsafe for an 'outdoor' cat.
Will the cat have immediate unaided access to shelter?
The cat will need access to shelter ( the home or shed for example) either through a cat flap or from someone being at home
regularly in the instance of bad weather or if it faces danger or is hurt.
How long will the cat be left for?
Our cats can be rehomed to homes where people are not at home all of the time but this cannot be longer than 8-9 hours or a normal 'working day'. Kittens under 6 months cannot be rehomed where they will be left for more than 4 hours.
Are there children in the home?
All of our cats will have a guide with the minimum age for children they can live with.
Do you rent or own your property?
If you rent, you will need to provide proof that you can have a cat/cats at the property.
Getting a pet is like adding someone to your family! It is important that both you and them have expectations and needs met.
Please note: we can only rehome one cat to a home within a 3 month period, unless they have come to us as a pair or more, or are part of a litter of kittens. This is to allow each cat a chance to settle into their new home.
Our Cat Adoption Process
When you arrive for your appointment, you will be asked to fill out an application form and staff will have an informal chat with you about the cat you are there to meet or about the type of cat you are looking for if you are unsure and help you choose the right cat for you. Once you have met the cat you are interested in, if you choose to adopt him or her, we will reserve them for you. We will then let you know if a home visit is necessary depending on the cat you reserve or any other factors.
The Home Visit
We carry out Home Visits at potential homes for most of our cats when they are near roads and/or locations that we have not rehomed to previously. We also carry out a Home Visit if we feel it would be beneficial for the new owners (for example you have not had a cat before and may need guidance) and we will request one of our home visiting volunteers to organise one as soon as possible. Please don't be offended - we only want what's best for a cat we are likely very fond of and have nursed back to health from an illness or injury. Home visits are arranged at a time convenient to you, usually within a few days of the cat being reserved.
The Adoption Appointment
After 24 hours of reserving a cat or once you have had your home visit, you will be able to book an appointment to adopt your cat. (Please allow at least 30 minutes for this). The cat's veterinary history, dietary needs and any other relevant details will be discussed. We then ask you to sign a simple legal declaration of adoption. We also provide 4 week's free insurance for our adopted cats. Please remember to bring a carrier for your new family member!
We will call you a few days after your cat has gone home to make sure all is ok. If you had a home visit, we may carry out a post-home visit a few weeks later (by arrangement) usually by the same home visitor. This is to ensure that the cat has settled in well and to help with any problems that may have arisen, for example if the cat was particularly nervous or if you are a first time cat owner.
Enjoy your time with your new family member!