When you arrive at Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee, our adoption team has been briefed on your lifestyle and everyone in it. Our team knows all of the Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee candidates and will work with you one-on-one to find the best fit. Come prepared to take "test drive walks" with candidates. Our team will carefully introduce candidates to your children and other pets to observe interaction to find the responsible lifetime match. Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee has multiple off leash play areas to fully test all candidates to help you find the next love of your life.
cats are clever and they are fantastic athletes. Make sure all gates, doors and fencing are in good working order. Repair and secure all before you bring your new cat home.
cats have been known to open gate latches. Secure with clip locks. cats can let themselves out of yards if a fence is in disrepair or has low or weak spots. You do not want your new cat lost or injured before they become accustomed to your home. Do a thorough once over to make sure your Boxer will be safe and secure in your home & yard.
Every dog adopted from Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee will come with records of sterility, vaccinations, microchip registration form and a martingale collar with Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee ID tag. Here are the basics you will need to have on hand for your newly adopted cat.
Only buy quality cat food from a pet food store (or Costco) never from a grocery store. With so many great pet stores offering a wide variety of top quality food, it's really your choice, and what you new cat will eat. Sometimes in the beginning it might be trial and error so perhaps small bags to start with until your find the right one. Some good brands include Zignature, Merrick, Wellness, Royal Canine, Taste of The Wild and Kirkland brand from Costco.
We may not be able to narrow down what quality food is best for your new cat but we can certainly tell you what foods NOT TO FEED a cat. Do not feed any brands available in a grocery store (Purina, Pedigree, Beniful etc.) These low-grade foods are over processed, filled with fillers like corn, preservatives and toxins which are very problematic for cats. Also, no products at all from CHINA.
Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee will help select the best candidate to fit your life and all in it. If your home includes other cats, cats or kids of any age it is best to be prepared to follow integration guidelines to ensure the best chance for full integration and a happy life together. It can sometimes take time and effort, but the end results are unconditional love for a lifetime. GO SLOW, TAKE TIME. Knowing what steps to follow and more importantly what NOT to do will help everyone. Click appropriate links for successful integration tips that apply to you. Be prepared by educating yourself on what will work.
cats LOVE their human family. Your new cat should sleep inside the house preferably in the same room as a family member, especially at first. Do not expect your cat to sleep in a remote room such as kitchen or laundry room which makes your new cat feel isolated rather than included. A crate in your bedroom is a great integration tool helping your cat feel safe, avoid accidents, and prevent anxiety.
The simple answer to this question is to integrate your cat by following Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee take home instruction and taking things in baby steps. Your new cat has a lot to learn and get used to. Every home is different; every cat is different. The most important thing to remember is that Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee is here to help you after adoption with advice and to answer questions to help your new cat fully integrate.
Here are links of the most common questions people have when bringing home a new cat.
Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee treats health issues that are apparent when cats arrive or conditions that develop during their time at our facility. Owner surrenders to Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee often come with their medical history and records. cats that we pull from city shelters often come without much history and we must evaluate visually from experience. Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee will always divulge any conditions that are known and treatment protocols. We partner with quality vets for the very best for cats in our care.
Please be aware that there can be a very common temporary condition that affects many cats in communal living environments: kennels, boarding facilities, etc. Kennel Cough and Diarrhea/Giardia are easily spread but also easily treated. Your new cat may or may not have been exposed so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these common and very treatable temporary conditions.
Make sure your resident cat is current with shots, especially bortatella before visiting Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee.
We are fortunate to have adopters come from all corners of California and surrounding states to work with our team to adopt the perfect cat for them. No matter where you live, our policy is that all parties (human and pets) must come to meet adoption candidates in person. This is the only way to observe the interaction and ensure a responsible lifetime match. If you, and all in your home are up for a trip to Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee we welcome your application. Should the adoption not be for life, the dog must be returned to our facility. Out of town adoptions are fine as long as you travel to us to adopt and commit to return if need be.
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