Advice for Cat Rescue
Our staff here at North Central Animal Hospital wants to see all animals living a healthy life in a happy home. From our own backyard in Phoenix, AZ to anywhere and everywhere, we recognize the everyday heroes who give homeless pets the chance of a lifetime by adopting from an animal shelter or rescuing a cat or dog trying to survive out on the streets. Unfortunately, there are more pets than families willing to care for them. We want to encourage anyone interested in adding a loyal, silly, loving member to their family to open their doors and their arms to a rescue pet. However, adopting an animal means committing to years of providing quality nutrition, safe shelter, and health care, so prospective pet parents should not take this responsibility lightly. Read on for some advice on rescuing a cat from North Central Animal Hospital, your veterinarian in Phoenix, AZ.
Introductions: Patience and Care Packages
Your cat is a newcomer to your house. Give your new cat his own space and let him come out and socialize in his own time. He may hide quite a bit while assessing the new living quarters and determining if they really are safe. Check on your new cat, use a soft voice, and resist the urge to force him out of hiding no matter how badly you want to snuggle your new pet. You’ll create a trusting relationship if you let him know from the beginning that he’s free to be himself.
Soon after your new pet settles in to your home, make an appointment with our veterinarian for an initial check-up visit and plan a vaccine schedule. Our full-service animal hospital will provide a trustworthy center for everything your cat will need in the coming years, starting with a thorough examination. Purchasing a vaccination package for your cat will protect him against rabies, feline AIDS, leukemia, calicivirus, and other very dangerous and sometimes fatal illnesses your cat can be exposed to. Our animal hospital will also recommend products to ward off harmful infestations from fleas and worms. Finally, schedule a spay or neuter surgery as soon as possible to prevent adding to the pet overpopulation problem.
As you spend time with your cat, you will quickly become the one who knows him best. You’ll be able to pick up on subtle signs to detect when he’s feeling poor and be able to give your veterinarian the details. Even if emergency concerns do not arise, bringing your cat in for routine wellness exams is a prudent way of solving problems before they happen, particularly as your cat gets older.
Rescuing your cat and bringing a forever friend into your home can make your life better. Lavish your cat with lots of love, and encourage your friends to rescue a cat too!