Having grown up with cats I was determined to have a kitty in the household when I purchased my little home three years ago. However, with a long term trip in the pipeline it was not a good time. Yet upon my return from the big trip nothing stood in my way.
I had always planned to adopt a rescue cat, but had originally planned to get an older cat, ideally one who might have difficulty finding a forever home. However my boyfriend was pretty set on a kitten, and wasn’t too fussed how we found one. In the end we both compromised and opted for a rescue kitten.
We visited our local RSPCA centre which had fifteen lovely kittens looking for new homes. After an interview to ensure we were suitable, we met a few of the kittens ready for adoption. We decided to reserve our Momo as he was the most playful, and also seemed to like being cuddled. Once we reserved reserved him we awaited our home visit. I rather stupidly googled what a RSPCA home visit was like, and worried myself silly. As with most things, the Internet is full of horror stories about failing home checks, and I was adamant we wouldn’t pass. But when the lady came she was really nice, and offered us plenty of advice. Then a few days later we had a call to say we could pick our lovely kitten up.
I want to offer reassurances to other future kitten parents. We live in a quiet cul de sac, but there is busy (30mph) road not far away. I was sure this was enough for us to fail, but I was honest with the home checker, showed her where it was in relation to our house, and she said we were far enough away. Also we don’t have a back garden, only a small garden on the front with a low picket fence. Again she was okay with his considering how quiet our area is, and that we live at the end of the the cul de sac (so no through traffic).
There are rumours that RSPCA centres are too rigid with their adoption criteria. But this was not my experience and I hope other prospective rescuers are reassured by this. Although a home check might seem daunting I think they just use it as an opportunity to check you live where you say you do, and you’re suitable pet owners. They don’t expect you to live in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no roads. They appreciate you may not have a huge garden, and accept the cat probably won’t stay in the garden anyway. There isn’t an expectation for you to have the “perfect house”, but rather a focus on how well you will care for your new pet.
Please don’t let the horror stories put you off adopting. It’s definitely the best route to getting a pet. It’s a wonderful feeling giving an animal a second chance of happy life, and I love my Momo more than anything!