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Bringing Your New Cat Home

Contact Us:

Purrfect Pals
230 McRae Rd NE
Arlington, WA 98223
(360) 652-9611
cats@purrfectpals.org

Returning a Purrfect Pals Cat

By adopting a cat from Purrfect Pals, you are agreeing to work out any behavioral or other issues, but sometimes a relationship is not successful and returning the new cat is the best thing for everyone. If keeping your adopted cat or kitten becomes impossible, please contact our Arlington shelter to make arrangements to return to our shelter in Arlington.

The cats cannot be returned to the stores from which they were adopted because we have no place to keep them and they need to be checked out medically before being placed with other animals. We also have to gather information about the cat and the return to help with placement in the future.

PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT need an appointment to return a cat or kitten you adopted from Purrfect Pals at our Arlington facility. Even if we are not accepting new cats, we will always take back a Purrfect Pals cat.

You can return your adopted cat to our Arlington facility between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Saturday.

Thank You for Adopting a Purrfect Pals Cat or Kitten!

Congratulations on your new family member! The first few weeks in a new home can be a difficult transition for a new cat or kitten…or they might settle in right away!

Cats are like people, every one of them is different. On this page you will find some great tips, links and videos which were selected to help you make the transition as smooth as possible.

A Few Important Reminders:

30-Day Trial of Trupanion Pet Insurance

  • There is a certificate in your cat’s adoption packet for a free 30-Day Trial of Trupanion Pet Insurance and Purrfect Pals highly recommends that you activate it.
    • Cats don’t always adjust well to change, even if it is good change like being adopted! It is not uncommon for recently adopted cats to develop upper respiratory infections or digestive issues. The trial will help reduce the risk of veterinary bills immediately after adoption.
    • We have researched Trupanion and found that their coverage is among the most comprehensive available in the pet insurance market!
  • The free 30-day trial needs to be activated within 24 hours of your cat’s adoption.
  • You do NOT need to provide credit card information to activate the free trial and there is no obligation to convert to a paid policy.
  • FYI, If you activate the free trial or convert the trial to a paid policy, Purrfect Pals will receive donations or either $4.00 or $20.00 from Trupanion.

Free Vet Visit

  • There is a certificate for a fee well cat examination in your adoption packet. Specific veterinarians are listed but many others will accept it. If your vet is not listed, we recommend asking them if they will honor the certificate.
  • We recommend you take your new cat to a veterinarian for a check-up within the first week. Be sure to bring your cat’s vaccine records and any other medical records.

Microchip Registration

  • Your cat has been implanted with a life-saving  microchip. You will need to contact the microchip company to register the chip with your current contact information. If your pet is found and scanned for a microchip, the microchip company will be able to contact you.
  • Depending on the brand of microchip used, there may be a charge for registering it. The information you need is in your packet and contact information for microchip companies is provided on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Should I Introduce My Cat to My Home and Other Pets?

  • Keep your new cat in a separate room for two to three days minimum. It may take longer.
    • This is less traumatic for both cats and increases chances of a successful relationship.
    • This won’t expose your other pets to URI or other infections.
  • Slowly introduce your new cat to resident pets.
    • Let them smell under the door.
    • Exchange blankets.
    • Let him out for short periods, but allow him to retreat to his safe room if needed.
  • A small bathroom is best because he can’t hide under the bed.
  • Don’t expect instant rapport. There will likely be hissing and growling. The new cat might hide. This is normal.
  • Expect several weeks of adjustment time. Cats need time to adjust. You must be patient.
  • If you are introducing your cat to a dog, be sure to supervise them closely. Keep your dog on a leash for the first few meetings. Be sure your new cat can get to the litter box without passing the dog.
  • Feed your cat and dog in separate locations.
  • Your new adult cat may hide much of the first week or two. This is normal. Coax your cat out with food or play, but don’t force the issue.
  • Many adult cats will not eat for the first couple of days in a new location. Again, this is normal. Just make sure fresh food and water is available. Contact your vet if it lasts longer than a day or two.

Where Should I Put the Litter Box?

  • Cats prefer a quiet, private place.
  • It is particularly important that they won’t be bothered by other animals while using it.
  • If you have adopted a kitten or an elderly cat, plan on placing a litter box on each floor of your house.

What Type of Cat Food Should I Buy For My New Cat?

  • If we are aware of any special dietary needs your kitty has, including prescription foods or food allergies, it will be noted on the cover sheet of your adoption packet.
  • Purrfect Pals recommends that you buy good quality food from a veterinarian or a pet store.
    • These premium foods may cost more than food you can buy at the grocery store, but your cat is likely to feel better and stay healthier over the years.
    • Many health problems such as urinary tract crystals and blockage are the direct result of a poor quality diet. A good quality food could save you future vet bills.
  • Kittens should eat kitten food for at least six months and perhaps for as long as a year.
  • Please do not give your cat or kitten cow’s milk. It causes diarrhea in many cats. Cats will readily drink milk, but they cannot digest it effectively.

Helpful Hints for Introducing Your New Cat to Your Home

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