Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vaccinations and introducing children to your kitten.

Vaccinations and advice for kittens in the UK

Mandy Cooper

Register your cat with a vet as soon as you get them home. As your vet when it is best to vaccinate your kitten. They will carry out the vaccinations your kitten needs.
Vaccinations protect your cat against diseases which can cause pain, distress and are often fatal. They prevent diseases from being passed onto other animals.

All of which give you peace of mind. Vaccines contain a harmless form of the virus or bacterium that causes a particular disease. They stimulate your cat's immune system in a safe way. If your cat then comes in to contact with the disease for real, it's immune system “remembers” how it dealt with the vaccine so it can fight the disease. Your cat should receive a primary vaccination course early in life, followed by booster vaccinations throughout its life. The primary vaccination course for cats varies with the type of vaccine used. The first vaccine can sometimes be given as young as 9 weeks of age with the second usually given 3 to 4 weeks later.

Booster vaccinations are needed as the body's immune response gradually fades over time. They are often given every year, depending on the vaccine. Vaccines protect your kitten against cat flu, feline chlamydia, feline infectious enteritis and feline leukaemia virus.

Give your cat's regular treatments to stop them suffering from worms and fleas, help your cat to help you. Protect your cat from worms as they can also harm you, ask your vet for advice about which products to use and how often to use them. Always choose flea and worm treatments from veterinary practices or pharmacies as they are clinically proven to be safer and more effective than over the counter versions bought from pet shops and supermarkets. Ask your vet about which products work and which ones don't. Here at BCR we use Revolution Flea Treatment. 

Prices can vary from practice to practice and it's a good idea to speak to your vet to see if they offer a health care plan for your kitten which helps you to spread the cost of preventative vet treatment such as regular checks, annual vaccinations and flea and worm treatments. Your vet will provide you with a vaccination record which you need to keep safe. Some vet practices in the UK provide financial assistance like the RSPCA.

Vaccinations and advice for kittens in the USA

Cat vaccinations are divided into 2 types.

       Core cat vaccinations are those that protect against common and/or particularly dangerous diseases and are recommended for all kittens and cats.
       Non core cat vaccinations are not necessarily recommended for all cats and kittens. These vaccinations are only recommended for those cats or kittens at high risk of infection. All kittens should receive a vaccination that protects against feline rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus and FVRCP. They are all diseases that are frequently found in the general cat population. Calicivirus is 1 of the most common viral causes of upper repository infections. Protection against these 3 viruses are usually provided in a combination vaccine.

The vaccination for FVRCP can begin as early as 6 weeks of age. Kittens are vaccinated once every 3-4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age or older. To avoid over vaccination, most vets will recommend starting the vaccination at 8 weeks of age followed by boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. Rabies is the other core vaccination. Rabies is a fatal disease that can affect many animals as well as humans. Your kitten can receive a rabies vaccination as early as 12 weeks of age but this depends on state laws and the vet.

Non core vaccinations include feline leukemia (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), chlamydophila felis and feline giardia vaccinations. The FeLV vaccination is recommended by some vets for all kittens while others recommend the vaccine only for those kittens at risk of disease. Even if your vet recommends that you do not need the FeLV or FIV vaccination, it is wise to get it anyways unless they already have FeLV or FIV.

Kittens should be tested for FeLV and FIV prior to vaccinationTwo types of tests commonly used for this purpose are an ELIZA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), which can be performed in a veterinary clinic and is routinely carried out as the initial FeLV screening test; and an IFA (immunofluorescent assay), a confirmatory test that, because of the technology required, must be done at a commercial laboratory. Always have the IFA run as well because many times the snap test can give a false reading.

Vaccinations can begin at 8-12 weeks of age and requires a booster vaccination repeated 3 to 4 weeks later.  This vaccination can begin at 8 weeks of age and should be boostered at 2-3 week intervals for a total of 3 initial vaccines.

The Chlamydophila vaccination is only used in multi cat environments where the infection is known to exist. The vaccination can be given at 9 weeks of age or older when needed and should be boostered 3-4 weeks later. The FIP and Giardia vaccinations are generally not recommended because of safety concerns. Your cat or kitten will need boosters on the core vaccines 1 year following the initial kitten vaccines. After that booster, vaccinations are boostered every 1 to 3 years based on a cat's lifestyle. Non core vaccinations are boostered annually but only for cats at risk.

The cost of vaccinating your kitten depends widely on geographical location, the vet practice or type of vaccination. Many practices offer packages that include a physical exam, a 1st vaccination, a de worming, a test for FeLV and a fecal exam. Some vet hospitals offer a special price for packaged services.

How to introduce kittens to a resident cat

It's easier to introduce a new kitten than an adult cat. This tends to be less challenging for the resident cat. Kitten body language is less threatening and they have yet to learn the idea of territory and competing with others.

It's important to remember that your existing cat will have established territory and the introduction of a new kitten may not be well received. Plan ahead. Arrange for your new kitten to come home on a day when you can fully devote to them like a weekend. Some planning is necessary to prepare the home for the new arrival and the introduction process so purchase or hire a kitten pen and put in a room that your existing cat doesn't really favour like a spare room. Think cat once your new kitten arrives and think scent first.

Your home will have a scent “profile” which is familiar and reassuring to your existing cat. Everything will smell of your cat so your home is well and truly owned by your cat. What you have to try and do is work in the scent of the new kitten so that it too is introduced into the accepted household aroma. This comes down to you. You're working with the invisible so stroke your cat and kitten regularly and swap bedding to enable the kitten's smell to become familiar and incorporated into the household scent.

When the initial contact between cat and kitten takes place, it may be helpful to distract your kitten with food. Letting your kitten eat in the pen while the existing cat explores will help your kitten feel more secure as they are contained and hidden from unwanted attention. You can put out a small bowl of your cat's favourite food a comfortable distance away to encourage eating in safety without being distracted by the sight of the kitten.

Your cat should be allowed to explore the pen without interruption. It is important to provide attention to the existing cat during this period but not to exceed the amount normally accepted or enjoyed. Existing routines should be maintained to show that the kitten represents no loss of enjoyment. Once kitten and cat appear calm when in close proximity to each other (with the kitten inside the pen and the cat outside the pen), the pen can be moved to other rooms leaving out areas where the existing cat enjoys spending most of their time.

Depending on progress, several weeks of this regime may be needed before opening the pen and letting the cats get to know each other. Introductions depend very much on the cat and kitten and how long it's likely to take. Contact between the cat and kitten should be closely supervised in the early stages. It may be advisable to separate the 2 when supervision isn't available until they are completely comfortable with one another. Both kitten and existing cat in the long term should be provided with their own bed, litter box, bowls, etc, positioned in separate locations and their own private areas where they can rest undisturbed by the other.

Introducing children to a new kitten

It is up to the parents from the very beginning to teach children how to stroke, approach and handle kittens and to treat them kindly. Taking on a new kitten when you have kids might be a lot to handle at once so ensuring you have time for all the parties involved, the solution will be a success. When weighing up the pro's and con's, parents need to accept that the majority, if not all, of the chore based care will be carried out by them.

A new kitten needs a great deal of commitment especially in the early stages so the whole family can play a role. The ideal companion for kids would be a confident and well socialised kitten who likes both adults and children and has an endless tolerance of handling and affection. However, even with the most tolerant cat, a parent's role is to teach a child how to appropriately behave around a cat, how to approach, interact and handle them as well as to read the signs when a cat has had enough and always respect their need to spend time alone. Timid and nervous kittens are best avoided with boisterous children as cats and kittens find this very stressful. Shelters and re-homing centres will judge each case on its own merits and carefully match the appropriate kitten with the right family.

Once the decision has been made, it would be helpful to establish the house rules before the kitten arrives, for example:

       Which family member is responsible for each chore
       Decide where the kitten will sleep
       Decide which rooms are out of bounds
       Decide what level of attention is appropriate during the settling in period
       What places should be designated for the kitten only and kids are not allowed to interrupt the kitten while they are there.

Before your new kitten arrives, you will need to register with your local vet as kittens need regular treatment for worms and fleas as they can be a health hazard for your family. Every member of the family should understand the importance of security by keeping external doors and windows shut during the 1st few weeks when the kitten is settling in to its new home. Your kitten will need plenty of escape choices from excitable children so you could provide boxes under beds or scratching posts.

You need to teach your child how to pick up a kitten appropriately and should only pick up kittens who are tolerant of being held. You should always supervise very young children. Teaching kids to behave appropriately around kittens will avoid any bites or scratches or cause the kitten to get stressed. It is difficult to teach a small child to handle a cat appropriately so having baby gates or a space for just the kitten prevents trauma and stress. A few considerations are necessary for those children less capable of following rules, for example:

       Litter trays, food and water bowls are often tempting to small children so these should ideally be kept in areas a child doesn't have access to.
       Make the experience pleasant for the cat as well by offering treats as a reward for tolerating the child's attention.
       For older children, allow them the choice to feed the kitten treats to help the kitten associate children as a positive experience.
       Letting the child play with the kitten with toys is a great way of getting your kids involved with the kitten without physically handling them.

Remember any questions you have you can always call your veterinarian. It is very
important to make sure your kitty has a healthy and happy experience as it grows and 

Our next article will be about spay or neutering your kitten. A female kitten can become 
pregnant as early as 4 months old. It is so important that you spay or neuter your kitten
so we do not have more kittens and cats being put to sleep every year. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

What to do when your new kitty comes home with you

This is the 2nd part of our series in Adopting a kitten or even a older cat. 

Please remember that BCR is a lifetime Sanctuary and we do not adopt out our babies. Once they come to us they are here for life.  The pictures I am using are from the internet because we do not have any kittens at the moment here at BCR.

Mandy Cooper

Bringing your new kitten home, Kitten proofing, vaccines and Introducing them to another cat or children

Helping your kitten settle in

Experiencing a brand new home is very scary for a new kitten. Every kitten is different where some are shy and others are more confident. Whatever their character, it's important to bear in mind that your kitten is leaving their mother and siblings for the first time. With this in mind, it's best to choose a room where your kitten can be kept for the first few weeks to be able to adjust gradually to their new surroundings. This also aids toilet training and avoids the risk of accidents elsewhere in the house. There are some helpful things to bear in mind when bringing your new baby home, for example:

       Avoid a room with full length curtains because a kitten will run up them and perch at the top.
       Check the room for potential hazards such as fireplaces or poisonous plants and make it as safe as possible. Kittens can get into very small spaces.
       Make sure any hazardous substances are out of harms way and cupboards where they are kept should not be accessible to a curious kitten.
       Remove all breakable objects from shelves and windowsills and secure all cupboard doors.
       Keep windows securely fastened.
       Position the litter tray in a discreet corner of the room out of reach from the food and water bowls.
       Place a cardboard box on its side with a thick blanket inside so the kitten has somewhere to hide if it feels shy or insecure.
       Position a padded, washable cat bed in a quiet area away from the food, water and litter tray areas. Line with a padded fleece blanket.
       Place a kitten scratching post nearby (replace with taller ones as they get older)
       Have a couple of toys ready for play time but don't leave any toys out with string attached. Only use these with supervision as kittens can be easily harmed.

You might want to purchase, borrow or hire a kitten pen. They are quite secure and have plenty of room for a bed, food, toys, water and litter tray. These can be very useful if you want to keep your kitten feeling safe when introducing them to other rooms when they start to settle in. It also gives you somewhere to put the kitten safely at night or when you aren't around to watch them. This is not for just leaving your kitten in it like a cage. This is only for them so they can get used to their new environment. There are many styles and sizes and ones you can put outside if you have a backyard and what to have a type of cat enclosure so your cat can go outside with you but not be loose. They usually are wire with no bottom so you cat can feel the grass beneath its feet. 

Basically it is like baby proofing your house when your child starts to crawl around. Also you will want to buy those wire covers because baby animals will chew on all power cords which could be very hazardous.  There are many sizes, and shapes depending on what you need and where. 

The first few days

It is advisable to bring the kitten home with some bedding. This will act as a familiar object when everything is new. The initial 24 hours should be a calm period of adjustment so it's probably best for any children in the house to understand that the kitten should be left alone for a while. The kitten room should be prepared in advance to enable the new kitten to settle in comfortably with very little disturbance. Place the cat basket on the floor gently and open the lid. Allow the kitten to explore in its own time. Your kitten will want to experience the room's sights, sounds, smells and textures for a the first time so be patient and allow time for investigation.
Offer food, water and a freshly prepared litter tray to the kitten within the room or the pen should you decide to get one. It's safe to leave the room for a while.

It's also fairly common for new kittens to show little interest in food at this stage. The blanket with a familiar smell can be placed inside a cardboard box or cat bed to help your kitten feel safer. It may be helpful to use the same litter that the kitten has been used to during the initial period making any changes gradually once your kitten is completely settled. Kittens need their sleep when they are young but in-between naps, they show massive bursts of energy. Kittens love to climb so be prepared to go to the rescue. Getting to know the kitten is really important to enable a bond to be created so interaction should take place during times when your kitten feels naturally active and appears responsive.

No matter how cute a kitten is, they should never be woken for affection or playtime. If your kitten seems receptive by all means, play with them but don't push it if the kitten seems disinterested or anxious. It's a lot to take in for a new kitten. Don't coax your kitten out of their hiding place. Spend time in the room reading or listening to music with headphones for example, instead of forcing the relationship to develop. If you want to appeal to your new kitten, spend time on the floor at their level and allow family members and friends to visit individually rather than crowding the kitten all at once.

During the first couple of days, any handling should ideally take place when the kitten initiates it. After the first 48 hours, handle the kitten throughout the day for short periods of time rather than providing continuous physical contact. If you have young children, allow them limited, supervised contact initially to avoid the kitten being handled too much. At this age, the kitten needs plenty of rest so always allow the kitten to sleep uninterrupted. The kitten also has a tiny tummy so offering 4-6 small meals at regular intervals throughout the day will avoid any potential tummy upsets. It's important from day 1 to set the routines that you intend to establish in the future.

Cats are naturally active at dawn and dusk but your kitten will soon adjust it's sleeping patterns to fit in with you. Try to avoid keeping the kitten too close to you at night to avoid continuous play and excitement and no sleep for you. There is nothing wrong with putting a kitten to bed in a cosy, warm and secure environment (such as a kitten pen) until you wake up in the morning but the location and type of bed is important to ensure a stress free night. Any bed provided for a kitten should have high sides to keep out drafts and a low front for easy access. 

The lining material should be thick and thermal to keep the kitten warm. When you first take a kitten home, feed them the same food they have been used to. A sudden change in diet combined with the stress of adapting to a new home can cause tummy upsets and diarrhoea. Change the diet gradually by mixing it with the kitten's usual food if you want to change it. Kittens should be fed little and often, like babies. Feed the kitten a special food formulated for kittens. Read and follow the feeding instructions carefully. If a food is marked “complete” it contains everything the kitten needs to stay healthy. If a food is marked “complementary” it does not supply all the kitten needs and should be fed with other food.
We have an excellent article about cat food here:

Kittens aged 8-12 weeks need 4 meals a day, 3-6 months need 3 meals a day and kittens over 6 months should get 2 meals. You may want to provide some dry food too if you are away from home or working. Do not give your kitten cow's milk as it can cause diarrhoea. Use a milk that is specially formulated for kittens. Fresh drinking water should be available at all times. Diarrhoea that persists for more than 24 hours requires immediate vet attention. Kittens will usually have learnt to use a litter tray by copying their mother. You may need to show your kitten where the litter tray is and place it on a tray when the kitten wakes from a sleep or after meals or when the kitten is sniffing or looks as if they are about to go. Make sure the litter tray is nowhere near the food or water bowls.

Place the kitten on the litter tray a short time after they have eaten and generally showing signs of looking for a suitable corner to use. There are may different types of litter boxes, open and closed, big and small. Whatever works best for your space. Its recommended that you have one litter box for each kitten and or cat you have in your home. 

It is important that your kitten can be identified should they become lost or injured away from home. 
Microchipping is the best form of permanent identification and some people like their cat to wear a collar as well. Never put a collar on a cat without having a good reason because some do not like them. Remember to change the collar fit as your cat grows. Also use break away collars just in case they would get caught on something. Kittens are very playful. Give them an assortment of toys to keep them occupied and exercised. Every kitten loves a cardboard box to play in. Play is also a great way for you to get to know and trust each other. Provide a scratching post.

 It is a good idea to get your kitten used to being groomed from an early age particularly if they have a long coat. Grooming removes excess loose hairs which can cause fur balls to build up in the tummy. Grooming also gives you a chance to keep a close eye on your cat and help to develop the bond between you both. Always be gentle and make grooming a rewarding and pleasant experience. A new kitten will need a health check-up shortly after arrival. This will give the vet the opportunity to give any vaccines necessary and advise on flea treatment, worming, neutering, microchip identification and other general care.

Kitten proofing your home

Kitten proofing your home helps ensure your kitten's safely as well as your own. Kittens are lively and curious which can lead to trouble unless you take preventative measures to keep them safe. Remember that a kitten has a lower vantage point than yours (like a baby who has begun to crawl) and may be attracted to things you do not see when standing. Here are a few suggestions to help keep your new baby safe.

       Secure screens on all windows to help prevent falls and keep your kitten off balconies, upper porches and high decks.
       Securely store cleaning supplies, washing powder, bleach, paint and paint thinner, pesticides, fertilizers, disinfectants, moth balls, medication and antifreeze (which is very deadly and very dangerous for cats and kittens because of the sweet taste). Make sure you keep these in tightly closed areas so your kitten cannot gain access. Kittens are clever little creatures and can usually figure out how to open cabinets.
       Remove poisonous house plants or place them in hanging baskets that you are sure are completely out of the kitten's reach.
       Keep toilet lids down. Small kittens may fall in and drown. Bigger kittens or even adult cats may play in the water and the lid could close, injuring or trapping them. Also, toilet bowl cleaners are harmful when swallowed.
       Store plastic bags where your kitten can't get inside them and suffocate or chew and tear them and swallow bits of plastic. If you let your kitten or cat play with any bag, be sure to cut the handles. A kitten can get tangled in the handle of the bag and become frightened. In trying to free themselves, they could be seriously injured.
       Kittens can get tangled in the plastic six pack holders used for packaging beverages. Cut the holders apart to prevent this problem.
       Keep exposed electrical cords as short as possible or tack them against a baseboard so your kitten can't play with them or chew on them. There are also tubular cord covers available at hardware stores to help protect your pets and hide unsightly electrical cords.
       Never give your kitten any medication without first consulting your veterinarian. Drugs dangerous to kittens are aspirin, diet pills, sleeping pills and tranquillisers. Make sure these and any other medications labelled “keep out of reach of children” are kept out of reach of your kitten as well.
       Kittens love to explore and sleep in warm, dark places so keep dresser drawers, trunks and cupboards closed. Check to see where your kitten is before closing the door of the fridge, dishwasher, oven or clothes dryer. Also, before leaving home, always conduct a kitten check to make sure that your kitten has not been accidentally locked in a cupboard or empty room.
       Keep sewing supplies out of your kitten's reach. Buttons, needles, pins and thread can hurt your kitten's mouth or internal organs if swallowed. The same goes for nails, staples, screws, beads and aluminium can tabs.
       Never leave a turned on oven unattended. Also, do not use electric blankets to line your kitten's bed. They could be burned or even electrocuted if they chew on the wires.
       Use only safety collars made specifically for cats on your kitten. They are designed to break if the kitty catches the collar on something. Collars not designed to break can strangle your kitty. Take with your vet about having your pet micro chipped. Even if you are vigilant about keeping your kitten indoors, accidents can happen. A fire, earthquake or a careless visitor could be responsible for your kitten getting outside and lost. If they are micro chipped, they can easily be identified and are far more likely to be returned to their owner.
       To avoid accidents, some cat toys should be used only when you are playing with your kitten. You should not give your kitten balls of string or wool, spools of thread, rubber bands, cellophane, corks or wire twist ties. Also, avoid anything with hard, sharp points that can break off. Be wary of toys that can break (Christmas tree ornaments for example) and be careful not to allow them to play with anything small enough to swallow, like buttons, beads or paper clips.
       Keep them away from children's toys made of soft rubber, fur, wool or sponge. If your kitten swallows a small particle of any of these, it could cause problems with their digestive system. Avoid all toys with squeakers which might be swallowed.
       Keep your kitten inside at all times. Remember the many dangers animals face when outdoors. Make the indoor world interesting with a variety of toys and give them plenty of loving attention.
       Unplug electrical cords when they aren't in use.
       Keep blind cords and curtain cords out of reach. Your kitten could strangle themselves by getting the cord wrapped around their necks.
       Remove tablecloths from tables unless you are about to use them. New kittens jumping up on the table could result in broken china or crystal which could seriously injure your kitten.
       Cover rubbish disposal switches. Special covers are available from hardware stores to avoid disaster.
       Keep the kitten's claws clipped. Untrimmed claws can grow into a kitten's paw pads leading to infection, pain and difficulty walking.

Remember to treat your new kitten as a new baby starting to crawl and getting into things that might be dangerous.

International Cat Care

Our next part will be about vaccinations and how to introduce your kitten to children.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Adopting/Rescuing a kitten

We are doing a series of articles about kittens since it's spring and there are kittens everywhere. Our first articles covers if it's the right time to get a kitten and where to get them from. Adoption is always the way to go.

 In saying this I want to emphasis BCR is a lifetime sanctuary.  We do not do adoptions or foster.  We get our cats from animal shelters, mostly high kill shelters and sometimes from our local vet and occasionally from someone that might have found a FELV or FIV cat and can not keep it. Many of our cats have had more than one home or their owner after several years decided they did not want them anymore and just dumped them. When they come to BCR, Alana promises them a forever home and that is what they get. So again we do not adopt our cats. They live here even when they go to the rainbow bridge. We have a outside memorial garden where they are laid to rest.

The photos I am going to use for this article are actual kittens that came to us at BCR. I am going to post a picture of them when we got them and a picture of what they look like today. In doing so I hope to encourage you to always *Adopt don't shop* even if you are looking for a dog and not a kitten. Call your local animal shelters in your area or look online. Most have online sites now which they update with pictures of their new kittens and cats.
We only take 90 cats. That is all we are have space for and Alana is very adamant about this. This is what NC law says we can have per the size of our 2 buildings.   

Mandy Cooper 
Rescuing will be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do but think carefully first. It is a long term commitment, much like a marriage, for better or worse, in sickness and in health. The average life span for a cat is 12-16 years but many reach 20+ years.

Vet bills and cattery fees should be considered. Taking out a good pet insurance plan is also a good idea. It is also a wonderful way to support your local rescue. Adopting a rescue will save their life and give them the much needed TLC to help them overcome any issues. Imagine how great it would feel to know you have given a pet a 2nd chance, a chance of a happy, safe and comfortable life? I personally can't think of anything better.

For some reason, pets that are adopted know that they have been given a 2nd chance and they return that to you in bundles of unconditional love. Any time you adopt, you are saving lives and giving other animals a chance who need rescuing. All they need is your love and patience to adapt and adjust to their new life and once they do, you will see the benefits of your patience and unconditional love. Your cat will be eager to please you and will cherish you always.

Through adoption, you can find the perfect fit and some shelters may offer options to return if your chosen pet doesn't work out and are then rehomed. Everything is in the best interest of the animal. Adoption is very cost effective as they have had all the necessary checks prior to adoption. The adoption fees are nothing in comparison to the price of buying a pet. The adoption fee is also to help other rescued animals so your money is used for a good cause. There is nothing more important for shelters than happy adopters and happy pets. They will go the extra mile to keep you together. Adopting also serves as a great example to kids.

You are teaching your kids about compassion and there is nothing better than the feeling of having saved a life. It could be the last chance these animals have. Not only can you fulfil your new pet's needs but they can fulfil yours as well. It's about encouraging people to adopt so they can have the amazing feeling of seeing the change in their new pets and how they were before and after adoption.

Top 10 reasons to adopt/rescue

• Rehoming centers put the animal's health and welfare first, not money
• Kittens and cats will have already been vet checked
• Rehoming centers take a lot of care to match the right animal to the right home
• A rescue centers will offer you cat care advice and support even after adoption
• If the home doesn't work out, the rehoming center will take the kitty back for rehoming
• Many rehoming centers help with neutering costs if you are on a low income or include it in the         price of the adoption fee

• Kittens will only be homed when they are weaned and old enough
• Rescuing helps ease and not add to cat overpopulation
• You are helping 2 cats by freeing up the rehoming center for another cat in need
• By rescuing, you are giving a home to an animal who really needs it

Adopting in the UK
Adopting in the UK can be a lengthy process but it's necessary to ensure that both kittens and caregivers know all the right things to do to ensure that the bond and relationship between cat and owners is a long and healthy one.

There is a fee to adopt a kitten in the UK but this is so they can get all their checks and their 1st lot of vaccinations as well as the best possible care before and after they are adopted. Most rescues offer free pet insurance for the 1st month until you can get something sorted. The fee also makes sure that the rescue you adopt from can carry on caring for cats and kittens in their care.

There are various shelters, rescue centres and adoption centres to choose the right rescue kitten for you. In the UK, kitten season is from April to November so this is the best time to consider adopting. Most rescues in the UK carry out home visits to make sure your home is suitable for a new kitten. A rescue centre's main priority is the health and well-being of each animal. Kittens from rescue centres are vet checked prior to adoption, de flead and de wormed.

You are also offered advice and support after the adoption to make sure everything is going well. In the UK, the best places to go to for information on adopting, support and advice are the RSPCA, Cat's Protection and the Blue Cross. You can search for local shelters in your area for ways to adopt, foster or help out too so they are very informative.
*Always be sure that you get your new kitten spay or neutered. Female kittens can have kittens at 4 months of age. *

Rescue and shelter guidelines in the US
You can rescue from a shelter or a rescue such as the Humane Society and local rescues or animal controls near you. Pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups typically cost less than pets purchased. Once you add in the costs of vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, de wormer and other extras included in the adoption fee, you'll be amazed at what a bargain an adopted pet really is.

Most shelters and rescue groups conduct thorough behavioural checks of each pet to make sure they are the right fit for your family. Shelters and rescue groups can provide advice on making your relationship with your pet the best it can be for the rest of their lives.

A typical process of a humane society adp├ątion includes filling out an adoption questionnaire to find out your family's situation as well as specific questions about the care needs of the pet you are adopting. This is to make sure that you are a match to your chosen pet. You will then speak to an adoption counsellor to find out a little more about you and about care and behavioural training as well as seeing if you and the chosen pet will be happy together. If you are a good match, you are then introduced to the pet and if everything goes well, they will finalise the adoption. Remember that adopting is the perfect way to support your local shelter. Good sources of information include the Humane Society and the ASPCA. I have included links for your reference.

From May to October (or even later), shelters are inundated with unwanted kittens. Find a local shelter through the APSCA's directory or Pet finder. Pet smart and Pet co also support local shelters by sponsoring adoptions through their stores.

There is a unique way that some shelters help their kittens get adopted. They live stream their mums and kittens from birth to the time they are ready for adoption and it's a great way for people to watch them, support their work and fall in love with the kittens. Who wouldn't? You get to know their personalities and quirky ways through the camera and it's a great way of getting to know them before they are ready to go home. 

Sometimes seeing the kittens every day and watching them play and sleep helps raise awareness to the viewer and they can see how that kitten will be around other cats and human interaction. They still go through the same process of adopting and they have everything you need to know on their websites regarding adoption and other useful information. The links to those are just below for your reference.

In the US every state has their own rules regarding how they handle the animals that come into the animal control facilities. Sadly N.C states that any animal that is sick can be put down upon arrival. Many of the kill shelters have volunteers that work hard in trying to place any of the animals that can be treated for their injuries or sickness. That is how BCR got many of their kittens when they first started through volunteers trying to save their lives before they were euthanized. 

Today since we do not adopt we rarely have a spot for a Blind cat and if we do we take a older cat because people do not usually want older cats. Our FELV/FIV rooms however sadly do see more kitties go to the rainbow bridge, because of FELV. This does give us the opportunity to help another kitten/cat for as long as they have.
Again let me stress we do not adopt or foster. We are a lifetime care sanctuary. 

Also once again please make sure you spay or neuter your kitten which can be done as early as 4 months old. We will cover this in a later article.
BRC runs several fundraisers each year to help spay and neuter cats in their area.

I have also included links to other places with informative information from other countries that you may reside in so you know where to go to get help and advice if you wish to adopt.














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The danger of buying kittens
Some people advertise on the internet with no details of previous history, current medical conditions or the parents background. The details are being falsified. Some cats or kittens that are bought from unreliable dealers are often ill, ignored or poorly socialised. Some other risks include health issues caused by poor welfare, kittens being taken too early from mum to early leading to behavioural problems. Some cats are bred over and over until they can't take anymore and no support is offered following a sale like you would get from a rescue.

You could be buying a kitten from a mill where cats are confined to cramped, dirty cages with no human interaction or the proper care. They are often malnourished and are bred over and over for money. Kittens are taken from their mums too early causing severe behavioural problems.

You could be buying your kitten from a backyard breeder where cats are continually bred to make money and the cats are left emotionally and physically damaged.

You could be buying a kitten with bad health, severe behavioural problems, no socialisation and you may not get what you see.

Monday, April 10, 2017


New kitties are really happy to be here at BCR.
They ask that if you want to send goodies
to them please use the Amazon link below:

Thank you Roger Crawford for the amazon gift card and treats!
Thank you Linda Carden for all the bird seed!
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the food and treats!
Thank you Doug Hullett for the walmart gift card, food and wipes!!
Thank you Lynn Tapella for the amazon gift card!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the food!
Thank you Heather, John & Stuebs Kitties for the food!
Thank you Christy Vertrees for the gift card and food!
Thank you to the several unnamed people who sent food! There were several with no packing slips!

Thank you Eric Laskowitz for donating cats litter!
Thank you  Christy Vertrees for the food!
Thank you Patricia de La Bretonne for the food!
Thank you Nancy Ward for the litter!
Thank you Rosalyn Green for the amazon gift card!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for the food!

Thank you Linda Carden for all the candy for the humans!
Thank you Dawn for all the food and dryer sheets!
Thank you Melissa Strange for the food!
Thank you Sharon El-Saadi for the food!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for the food!

Thank you Nancy Ward for the cat litter and foods!
Thank you Ruth Groff for the litter, food, laundry soap, dish soap  and magic eraser!
Thank you Debbie Wass for all the food!

Thank you to everyone that sent food and goodies to the kitties. 
Also thank you to Dawn for letting me use her pictures she has been taking. 

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Also thank you to everyone that is sending 
in their Fresh Step Paw points.
You have no idea how much that helps us considering
we use about 70 boxes of litter a month.
To send in your Paw Points you can do so here :<

Please check tomorrow as we have another article being
posted from Mandy about Adopting a kitten.
We are doing s series of articles on kitten adoption
since its kitten season.
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