Warszawa ( mapka )
ul. Chrzanowskiego 13
tel.: 535 870 225

Temporary Home

The basic conditions that must be met to become a temporary home:

1. Our own cats (let's call them "residents") must be healthy and regularly vaccinated for basic viral diseases. Vaccination protects against most diseases, which can be brought be a "temporary" cat.

2. What is needed is a room in which the guest will be isolated, for the duration of the quarantine. Generally it is a bathroom or a room that can be closed off from the residents. We do not let in a new cat right away, even if it seems healthy, because some diseases are activated after a certain time or due to stress - it is always worth to wait if something does not hatch.

3. All household members must agree for the "temporary" cat. It is an obligation and a responsibility - you cannot surprise your partner or parents with a new cat, especially that you do not always know how long the "temp" will stay at home.

4. You must be prepared to incur additional costs - mainly veterinary care, but also i.e. special food (especially with kittens or sick cats).

How to deal with the "temporary" cat:

1. First, it is necessary to visit the vet - "technical review", defleaing, deworming, and if a cat is ill, diagnosis and treatment order. During the visit you can do more accurate tests such as blood tests or tests for virus leukemia.

2. At home, we close the cat for a quarantine in a separate room with a litter tray, bedding (an open transporter works - cats can hide in it and feel safe), a bowl of water and food. If your cat is in the bathroom with a terracotta floor, we cover it with an old blanket or large towel.

3. Changing the environment is always a large stress for a cat - whether it's a little kitten from a basement, or an adult cat left by its former guardian. During the first days the cat will be probably hiding, so the room must have all corners secured, in which our guest can feel safely.

4. Let the cat feel safe. Human contact is very important: talking quietly (I call it the "cooing"), gentle caresses. Remember that this is a strange cat who can get angry and scratch you. Therefore it must be closely watched to see what gives it pleasure and avoid behaviours that arouse fear or aggression. Let us be patient, let us give the cat and ourselves time. Some cats will feel at home after one day, others will take even a few weeks.

5. Small, wild kittens, must first be tamed. They should be kept in a small room (eg. a bathroom) or, if they are really wild - in an exhibition in a cage. Taming a wilding is not difficult and often takes only a few days, but you must be very careful and you cannot be afraid. For some time, you should touch and stroke the kittens wearing thick gloves, otherwise you can be painfully wounded. To become tamed wild kittens need especially a lot of contact with humans, even if this is just being with them in one room. Alone they will not become tamed.

The most common ailments of "temporary" cats.

If we take a cat from the yard, it may have parasites, like fleas, roundworms, tapeworms, or ear scabies. Most of these parasites can be dealt with during the first visit to the vet with, but scabies requires a longer treatment. When observing the precautionary measure (quarantine, washing hands after contact with the "temp") there is no need to be afraid that the residents will contract of contracting feline residents.

Another ailment may be mycosis. If it is diagnosed, take special precautions, especially wash your hands thoroughly and change clothes before contact with the resident cats. Ringworm is a zoonotic disease, so it can also infect humans. Fortunately, if a person is healthy, has a high resistance and no cuts on the skin, the infection is not so easy (the same applies to cats residents).

The most common disease is viral cat runny nose - it can be very dangerous if left untreated and even lead to death of the cat. At home, after a veterinary diagnosis, treatment of feline rhinitis is not difficult. Cats who have lost their home, but have not been in the streets or to a shelter, are usually healthy - which does not relieve us of the visit to the vet. If such a cat did not have a responsible caretaker for some time, it can be very poorly maintained and thus also be acquired such as parasites.

We are looking for a home for our guest.

We can start searching among our family and friends, but most often we will find a home through announcements. Announcements may be made on paper and hung in veterinary clinics, pet shops and wherever comes to your mind. A nice photo is very important, because it attracts attention. The content is also important - the description of the cat should be brief, but revealing its character; a brief history of its life is useful. However, do not colour or stretch the facts. It is not worth it, because if we make something up, it will come out after a while and the new caretaker may be disappointed and might want the cat back. For example, if your "temporary" cat does not like to be taken onto hand, it does not like cuddling - write about it. If it requires special assistance, we must immediately disclose this.

Advertisements should be also published on the Internet - on animal sites, in classifieds, thematic forums. There are many places where you can show your guest to the world and to encourage its adoption. Once you start receiving applications from interested people, you need to check the conditions in which the cat will live. After all we are looking for a good, responsible home. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the security of windows and balconies, veterinary care, the experience with cats, with what will the cat be fed, or does anyone in the household have allergies. Let's make all endeavours to ensure that our guest is safe, happy and well maintained. Giving the cat away, you should write down an adoption agreement. This is a security for the temporary home and those adopting a cat. The agreement must include personal information of both parties and the commitment of new carers to appropriate care, possibly neutering the cat, providing his safety. It is our duty, written down by the agreement, to provide reliable information on the cat's health and that, in case of problems, we would take the cat back. Always sign the contract with the end caretakers of the cat, never with brokers.

Jana Zamięcka

ARGOS Foundation for Animals, 04-886 Warszawa, Garncarska 37A st., KRS: 0000286138
+48 22 615 52 82 | e-mail: fundacja@argos.org.pl | http://www.argos.org.pl
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The KOTERIA neutering clinic for feral cats in Warsaw, Chrzanowskiego 13 st., Warszawa, +48 535 870 225
Manager of KOTERIA Anna Wypych: tel. 603 651 044 | Chief vet Iwona Kłucińska-Petschl tel. + 48 502 642 932