|FAMILY|The pros and cons of adopting a cat from the RSPCA | LarabeeUK

|FAMILY|The pros and cons of adopting a cat from the RSPCA

We recently adopted a cat for T from the RSPCA I'd never really considered adoption before because I was put off at the thought of going to big building and seeing lots of different animals and struggling to make a decision, I knew I'd want to take them all home! 

These days though, it's very different.  I saw Twiggy on the RSPCA's Facebook page and we went to visit her in her foster owners home.

We were then given a home visit to chat with a volunteer from the RSPCA about why we wanted a cat and to make sure we understood the responsibilities. 

We went to collect Twiggy a couple of days later. The process was really quick and easy and we now have our wonderful cat Twiggy as part of the family. 

If you are thinking about getting a new pet, I'd really urge you to consider the RSPCA first. Their branches can be found easily on Facebook and in my experience, it's a great way to give a pet a loving home.

I've put together a little list of pros and cons from our experience so far in case it's useful.

1. You give an unloved animal a forever home.
2. For a donation of £60 they come to you neutered, microchipped and had their jabs. They will also have been given flea and worming treatments and will have had a health check.
3. If you choose an older animal they should be toilet trained and use a scratch post.
4. They are used to using carry cages.
5. They will generally eat whatever and sleep wherever!
6. The RSPCA will help you choose a pet which will suit your family situation. 
7. You can view the animals and read about them in the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else for that matter!
8. Most of the pets are already socialised.

1. They may have established habits, ours licks you constantly (not nice!)
2. Because you have to keep them indoors they go cabin crazy cause they are used to going out! After just 2 weeks, Twiggy is quite literal climbing the walls!

Disclaimer: this post is in no way sponsored by the RSPCA. It's a charity I now support wholeheartedly and I wanted to share our recent experience with you.
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  1. We were considering getting a cat. Or rather my husband wanted to get one to deal with the mice problem. Though I like animals I'm not ready to get one now (I'm due soon) . Once the baby is bigger I think we will get a dog, as they are a more suitable play mate for kids - I think. We will definitely adopt rather than buy.
    Thanks for all the tips. It's good to know how simple the process is.

    1. Thanks Joanna. I wanted to be as honest as possible. But once you've made your mind up there really are so few cons. Glad it helped a bit. Appreciate you taking the time to comment x

  2. Aww what a cutie! Adopting a pet is such a wonderful experience :) Cats are awesome.

    1. Thanks Julie! She is pretty cute, I'm so pleased we've introduce a car into our family! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment x

  3. I didn't know that you could adopt from the RSPCA... I just assumed all animals they rescued when to dogs and cats homes. It's nice to know there are animla ninjas to fight their corner.
    We adopted Stevie (our cat) from a friend that couldn't face taking him back to the home she'd gotten him from. He was making her existing cat's life a misery... and we had a mouse problem.
    It's been a match made in heaven ever since. Love my furbaby xx

  4. seems you have a nice experience from the RSPCA. I once had a horrible experience and to this day I am still waiting for my home visit (16yrs) I was a single mum to 3 children and wanted a family dog. in the end I went out and brought a puppy, Narla was with us 13 years.

  5. All pets are such a responsibility and cats have a mind of their own. Ours just turned up 10 years ago and is still with us. #TwinklyTuesday

  6. I've been tempted to rescue a cat but I think it's the home visit that worries me, like are they gonna judge my decor and stuff. I know it sounds mad I am just very nervous and house proud. I really want to do it though.

  7. Great post love! I think if Gabby's cat hadn't had kittens needing a home, we would have gone down this route...although I'd hope to avoid the licking bit ;) Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx

  8. This is SUCH a great post — we did the same at the end of last year!! Not through the RSPCA but through a small animal welfare charity. We've always had Bengals cats and in November we adopted Marlow — a big brown spot Bengal boy. It was hard initially — he'd been mistreated and had been living rough but, nearly a year on, he's settled in SO well!!! We absolutely love him — and he loves us. He's finally found his forever home! Thanks so much for linking up to #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again tomorrow!


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