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

Top 10 - a list of adoption questions


Let's be diplomatic and friendly when asking these questions. Yet, we should not be afraid to ask detailed and specific questions, even if they concern personal matters. A person with good intentions will understand our concerns and be happy to provide answers to our questions.

  • Will you be the carer of the cat or is it a gift for someone else? If the cat is intended for someone else, I would like to speak directly with that person (the actual carer of the cat).

(We talk only to the actual carer of the cat. Only in this way can we avoid situations in which animals are treated as unwanted gifts. Vigilance should be increased before Christmas)

  • Are you currently living with a cat or any other animal? If YES, ask about the animal's health (vaccinations, viral diseases), age, castration/ sterilization, character, nutrition. Ask about the clinic and the name of the vet who treats the animal.

(In this way, we can figure out - between the lines - how the caregiver takes care of the animal, did he or she make sure to castrate the pet, whether he or she is at all aware of the existence of viral diseases and understands the need for prevention. Lack of interest and knowledge of the subject is quite a worrying sign)

  • Did you look after a cat in the past? If YES, what happened to it? An answer like: "it died of old age" is not satisfying - you need to ask more specific questions. Find out the name of the vet and the clinic, which took care of the cat.

(As in point 2, based on the reply you can judge whether the cat had proper and attentive care. Besides, you will know, if the windows are secured, whether you are dealing with a person foreseeing risks and trying to prevent them. The previous cat ran away/ jumped out of the window/ became wild / was in heat, ran and did not come back?)

  • If you have never looked after a cat, how will you learn about proper care?

(Listening to the answer, we will receive a signal, whether we are dealing with a person who is reasonable and serious about adopting or someone who has decided to take a cat impulsively, without thinking about it)

  • A cat at home is a revolution in the lives of family members. A pet can destroy a new sofa or chair. What do you think about this? Are you ready to accept material losses caused by the cat? Please remember that it is not always possible to teach a cat to use ONLY a scratching post.

(Unfortunately, a common reason for returns of adopted cats, leaving them in shelters or on the street is that the cat simply misbehaved and damaged i.e. a new sofa or carpet, threw trinkets from the shelves. Listening to the answer try to find out to what extent does the person accept the simple truth that you cannot train a cat, adapt it to the needs of the house using penalties, but rather the house must be adapted to the needs of a cat i.e. cover the sofa, remove things from shelves.)

  • Do you live in your own apartment or do you rent? Does the owner of the apartment know that you plan to adopt a cat and does not have anything against it?

(In the case of persons renting an apartment, find out how stable are their living conditions. You should be careful with students sharing an apartment with other people. With any change in their life circumstances a question may arise: what to do with the cat?)

  • On which floor do you live? How are the windows, terrace, balcony secured?

(By asking these questions, we can see if the potential carer is aware of the dangers connected with the cat falling out and letting it out unsupervised)

    >An animal is a responsibility for many years. A cat can live up to twenty years. Are you aware of that and ready to take care of the cat for its whole life?

(Changing the life partner, moving to a new apartment, pregnancy or birth of a child are common reasons for getting rid of animals. Of course, it is difficult to predict everything, but you can ask specific questions, when in doubt)

    >Will the cat have the possibility to go out? How and where?

(Asking this type of question, we can find out whether a person is in favour of releasing the cat alone, or under the supervision: on a leash or in a well-fenced area)

  • If you go on holiday, to a hospital, or other unforeseen circumstances arise, will you be able to guarantee the cat has proper care? In what way?

(See questions 3-4. Asking this, we can check whether a person is serious about adoption and has thought about all relevant issues.)

ARGOS Foundation for Animals, 04-886 Warszawa, Garncarska 37A st., KRS: 0000286138
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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