RSPCA LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN TO RECEIVE “FARM CATS” THAT PREFER THE OUTSIDE – Island Echo
The RSPCA has launched a new placement campaign to help find alternative homes for Southwestern âfarm catsâ who prefer the great outdoors.
The project aims to find homes for farm cats and other nervous felines that need less human interaction than a typical domestic cat. The goal of the project is to educate the public that not all felines are happy to be a lap cat and find outdoor homes for these cats much faster.
Farm cats are often nervous around people, but always need someone to provide them with food, water, shelter, and veterinary care when needed. As the name suggests, they would probably be more suitable for a farm, small holding, or equestrian center, but some have even found quirky homes such as a model village, orchard, and gazebo business.
Potential owners don’t necessarily need to have a farm or equestrian center to house a cat that loves the great outdoors, the association looks for homes of all types to match the variety of different cats we have.
A recent survey by the RSPCA found that 90% of centers and branches have a harder time finding suitable homes for outdoor cats than other more sociable cats.
Alice Potter, RSPCA Cat Welfare Expert, said:
âOne of the most interesting things about cats is how varied each one is. No one at home will suit all cats. Cat personalities are a diverse spectrum with an affectionate cat, an “intermediate” cat who needs less but still interaction, and up to a wild cat who will live happily apart from humans.
âThere are all kinds of reasons why some cats need this type of lifestyle. They may have lived as a wanderer for a long time and are not familiar or comfortable being close to people or it may be related to their early experiences or their genetics. Whatever the reason, we try to find the perfect home for them.
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âWe know that our centers and branches often struggle to find homes for our farm or outdoor cats and often one of the reasons given is that there is a lack of awareness among the general public that these cats exist and that they will be much happier to live. an outdoor lifestyle.
âA lot of people think of a cat curled up on the couch, going in and out of the cat flap to fuss, but in fact the kind of cat we’re talking about here may never come into the house, they may never come to the house. make a fuss but they need someone to look after them and provide them with year round shelter such as a shed, barn, stable or even a tree house where they can sleep at night. They will also need constant access to water, daily food, and veterinary care when needed.
How to adopt a farm cat
Adopting a farm cat gives them a second chance in the type of home where they can live their best life. Seeing them roam free, doze off in the sun, and explore on their own terms can be truly rewarding.
All cats will be healthy, sterilized, microchipped, vaccinated where appropriate, and treated for fleas and worms.
The minimum requirement for an adopter will be to provide weatherproof shelter, food and water at least once a day and keep an eye on the cat’s health and ask for help. veterinarian if needed. They will also need access to land to move around and to vegetation such as woods, fields or gardens.
In addition to hoping to find homes for the cats in their current care, many RSPCA branches and centers aim to build a directory of potential adopters so that when a feline is released to them, they can quickly relocate him without the stress of being confined. in a cattery.
For more information on adopting a farm cat, visit the RSPCA website here.