The Rescue will not be placing cats in new homes between Monday 17th December and Thursday 3rd January.
Christmas and New Year are busy times, and in most households there will be lots of noise, disruption to routine, and unfamiliar people. It’s not a good time to introduce a new feline family member. Your new cat needs a calm environment and lots of time with you to help her settle in.
We’ve seen lots of videos circulating online of cats being given as Christmas gifts, and while these might seem heartwarming, giving any animal as a gift is not something we would want to encourage. It’s important that the whole family is ready to welcome their new family member, so that the cat has a nice calm introduction into their new home.
We are sure that your family member would be just as delighted to be supported in choosing a cat or kitten to join the family, and preparing for their arrival and long term care, as they would be with a surprise on Christmas day.
So please, don’t give a cat (or any pet) for Christmas.
The Rescue will still be taking in cats and kittens, and we will be carrying out home checks for adoptions in the new year. So if you are interested in a cat or kitten in our care, please do get in touch.
(This lovely photo is of Bumble, who belongs to one of our volunteers. She’s very chilled and doesn’t at all mind wearing her little Santa outfit for a photoshoot!)