We get asked lots of questions about the Rescue and about our cats and kittens. Because we are run by volunteers, keeping up with all those enquiries can be tough. So we’ve put together some of the most common questions we get asked. If your question isn’t answered here, please do get in touch.
Do you have cats or kittens for sale? We don’t sell cats or kittens. We ask for an adoption fee that covers some of the costs of caring for the cat or kitten, and any vet care they need.
£80 is a lot of money, why is the adoption fee so much? We try to balance our adoption fee so that it is affordable, but also covers our costs. Every cat or kitten needs to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and given flea and worm treatment. The adoption fee covers some of the costs of doing this, but not all. The rest is covered by the donations we receive from the public. Having an adoption fee also helps ensure that the cat is going to owners who can afford to care for them, and have a strong commitment to caring for their new pet.
Do you have any kittens available? All the cats and kittens we have available are listed on our Meet Our Cats page. Cats breed all year round, but most kittens are born between April and October. That means that during the rest of the year we might not have many kittens.
We’d really encourage you to consider adopting an older cat. We have lots of adult cats who need loving homes, and an adult cat can be a very fulfilling experience. They are calmer, more likely to be properly litter trained, and much less likely to climb your curtains! If you want to know more about adopting an older cat, we’d love to hear from you.
What is a home check? What’s involved? A home check is a way for us getting to know you a little better, assess the environment, and also a chance for you to ask any questions. When a volunteer comes to your home, they will need to look around and check that your home is safe for a cat or kitten. If your home is rented they will need to see evidence that you have permission to have a pet. They will also have a chat with you about your experience caring for cats, and ensure you have the information and support you need. The home check typically takes about 20-30 minutes and can be arranged at a time that suits you.
Are you a ‘no kill’ rescue? Henry’s Haven will never put a healthy cat to sleep and we give every cat a fighting chance at a happy life, regardless of cost. Sometimes however we may have to make the decision to put a cat to sleep if they are very sick and beyond help. We always think very carefully about these decisions and take advice from our vets.
The term ‘no kill’ is mainly used in the United States and it is a very loaded term. A good explanation of the difference between ‘kill shelters’ and ‘no kill shelters’ by US kitten rescuer Hannah Shaw, aka Kitten Lady, can be found here.
Do I need to be over 18 to adopt a cat? Yes, to adopt a cat you will need to be aged 18 or over. If you are younger than this, you should speak to your parent or guardian as they will need to complete the paperwork and take responsibility for the cat.
I’ve found a stray cat. What should I do? The first thing to do is to make sure the cat is really a stray. If you can, catch the cat and take it to a local vet. Most vets will scan a cat for a microchip free of charge.
If the cat doesn’t have a chip, the vet may keep the cat themselves, or ask you to release the cat where you found it. If that happens you can contact us for help.
If you are not able to catch the cat, get in touch and we will try to help. Please be aware that the rescue is run entirely by volunteers and is very busy. This means we might not always be able to help. If we can’t help, we will give you contact details for other rescues.
We have more information on helping stray cats over on our blog.