A Guide to Adopting Cats from Cats in Bloom (CIB)
Our main mission at Cats in Bloom is to find forever homes for our adoptable cats. When one cat is adopted, another cat from one of our affiliated foster homes or rescues can come to CIB.
Sharing your life and home with a cat should be a wonderful experience for you and the cat. It is also a big responsibility.This guide will help you decide if you are ready to welcome a cat into your life and how to proceed with adopting.
Consider these questions.
Are you financially prepared? Our cats are already spay/neutered and vaccinated. They are healthy or we would not have them at CIB or offered for adoption. You will, however, need to provide proper lifelong medical care with annual vet visits, vaccine updates, emergency and other care as needed. Consider also the costs of good quality food, litter, toys and other essentials.
Will your cat be more important than your furniture? Cats will shed fur on clothes and furniture. Regular brushing helps and lint rollers certainly come in handy. Cats need scratching exercise. Be prepared to provide appropriate scratching surfaces such as scratching posts, cardboard scratchers and cat trees. Consider regular nail trims-we’re happy to show you how. The Cats in Bloom adoption contract prohibits declawing. On occasion, we may have previously declawed cats available for adoption.
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Do you have time to spend with the cat? Contrary to popular opinion, cats are social animals. They enjoy the companionship of their people and need affection and interactive play-particularly cats who spend long hours alone.
Do family members have cat allergies? If so, don’t assume they will be “ok”. It’s sad when an otherwise beloved cat is returned to a shelter or rescue due to a family member’s allergies.
Consider more than one cat.
Kittens do better when they are adopted with another kitten or have a cat friend playmate.
There are cats who prefer having a person all to themselves. If, however, you adopt a cat that likes other cats-getting them a companion can be great for both of you. They can provide each other with play and companionship, leading to less stress, less boredom and happier cats. You will likely have less guilt when away from home for long hours.
Already have a cat or dog? Proper introductions are essential.
Cats, like people, take time to get to know new friends. Gradual, step wise introductions to other animal family members can lead to peaceful and less stressful future relationships. Be prepared to initially set up your new cat in a space of their own to get acclimated. Our staff can help you plan how to introduce a new cat into your home.
What medical procedures have our adoptable cats had?
All cats and kittens have had veterinary care, been tested for feline leukemia/FIV, de-wormed, flea treated and vaccinated. All adults and juveniles have been spay/neutered. Some kittens may still be too young to have completed their vaccine series or have been spay/neutered. In this case, completion of spay/neuter and vaccines is a condition of adoption.
What are the adoption fees?
Single adoptions - $75
Adoption with a buddy - $125
Are you ready to adopt a feline friend from Cats in Bloom?
Fill out the adoption application.
Our adoption team will review and contact you.
If your application is approved, our team will arrange for a mutually convenient time at Cats in Bloom to do the adoption. Please bring a carrier. Special arrangements may be made for long distance adoptions.
Both parties will sign the adoption agreement and the adopter will pay the adoption fee.