Cats For Adoption
Thank you for your interest in adopting from The Catfé Lounge and Ferndale Cat Shelter! If you’re looking to adopt a cat, many of the kitties at the Catfé are available. As a part of the Ferndale Cat Shelter, we also have many cats not featured at the Catfé that are in need of loving homes. You can find a list of cats available for adoption on the right-hand side of this page.
The Ferndale Cat Shelter vets and helps place cats and kittens from our community. In order to help cover the costs of veterinary care, our adoption fees are as follows: $100 for kittens under 1 year, $75 for cats 1-9 years, and $50 for senior cats over 10. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchipping. We do not give away cats or kittens. However, we do waive adoption fees for people that are willing to foster.
Interested in adopting a cat? Please fill out the adoption application below and we will contact you about your inquiry soon.
Choosing the Right Cat to Adopt
Here are some tips about adopting a cat from VPI Pet Insurance:
Like any life decision, adopting a cat is a choice that should not be taken lightly. There are a number of things to consider, such as your own needs and expectations. If you think you are ready for paw prints on countertops, cat fur on virtually everything and are ready to take on litter box duty, be sure to consider the following before making a final decision.
1. Research Cats Before Adopting
It’s essential to spend time alone with any cat you’re thinking about adopting. You might do all your research and know exactly what you want, but if the cat you want doesn’t want you, there may be problems ahead. Getting to know each cat on a personal level before you make a choice can lead to a more positive adoption experience for all involved.
2. Purr-sonality Matters
It’s important to pick a cat that has a personality that will fit your needs. For example, if you’re looking for a lap cat, you’ll want to choose a cat or kitten that is comfortable being held and pet. If you want a cat that is playful, you’ll want to choose one that responds well to you and doesn’t slink away to nap in the corner.
Getting to know each cat on a personal level before you make a choice can lead to a more positive adoption experience for all involved.
3. Choose a Cat Whose Age Matches Your Lifestyle
Kittens may be cute, but they also require a lot of initial training and commitment, and need to be supervised to ensure they’re using their litter box, not clawing the furniture or chewing on household plants. Make sure you have the time to commit to training a kitten.
Adult cats are usually housebroken, have a routine of their own, normally don’t require the training that comes with a new kitten, and are usually not as demanding as their younger counterparts.
4. Ask About Overall Cat Health
You should always inquire as to the health of the pet you are thinking about adopting and if it has been spayed or neutered. Check with the shelter staff about vaccinations and if there are any health issues you need to know about. Ask for a vaccination record at the time of adoption so you can show it to your veterinarian when your pet has its first examination.
5. Schedule a Veterinary Exam Immediately
Most shelters have a limited return policy, so it is extremely important to have your veterinarian examine your new pet right after adoption. Your veterinarian will make an assessment of your pet’s health, and advise you about follow-up vaccinations and the need for future examinations.
Regardless of the cat you select, adopting a feline friend means you’re committing to her for throughout her lifetime—which can mean up to twenty years in age or more. Having a pet insurance plan is an important step in being a responsible pet owner, and helps you give your fuzzy friend the care she deserves should the need arise.