Polly arrived after she was found as a stray who gave birth to kittens at Mayhew and is now ready to find a new home to call her own. She is a chatty girl who has the gift of gab and is partial to a chin rub. She loves her grub and will eat the food off your plate so beware you don’t lose your lunch. She would prefer to live in a quieter, laid back home where she would be best suited to hanging out with all adults only. She can be a bit of a worry bug so best to keep it chilled and let her find her feet. Any person in the home will need to have had some previous cat care experience and she will appreciate a home that lets her flourish and provides her the care and affection she deserves. She will enjoy a garden and will need a cat flap if you work a full day away from home so she can be free to explore her own patch on her own terms. Polly has had a Hernia repaired and is now fine and doing well.
All Mayhew cats have been behaviourally and medically assessed which informs our re-homing criteria and allows us to pass on information to you as adopters prior to taking on the commitment of adopting a cat. This commitment can be up-to 20 years so when it comes to adopting a cat you are expected to maintain their health by being able to provide and afford veterinary care for their lifetime. This can be expensive which is why we strongly recommend pet insurance and give all new adopters four weeks free from the point you take your cat home. It should be noted that insurance may not cover any of a cats previous medical issues (be that before or during their stay at Mayhew) on a permanent or temporary basis when you take out a new policy. You are also expected to provide a suitable environment for a cat to live in. This should include (in 99% of cases) direct access to a garden so the cat can establish a territory and have places to exhibit normal cat behaviours.They should also feel safe and comfortable in their own home which is why for every cat it isn’t suitable they live with another animal. Too often people will have experienced cats who live in multi cat households and when one cat passes away their remaining cat becomes more affectionate. A classic case of this cat being happier on its own. At all stages of the adoption process we consider everything that can affect the cat and is why we will never compromise a cat’s welfare by letting them be adopted into the wrong home environment. That would not be fair to the cat or you as prospective adopters. We take care to match you with a suitable companion and hope that our years of experience can guide you in the process of giving a cat its new fur-ever home. You must also provide a balanced and healthy diet and this may differ across a cats lifetime. Obesity is s real problem in cats as well as dental care so be sure to seek the right veterinary advice to keep your cat healthy for a lifetime shared together. Before any cat leaves Mayhew it will always be microchipped, neutered, treated for fleas and worms (these treatments are on-going) and their vaccination courses are at the very least started (most need two before moving on to a yearly schedule). You will also have to complete a successful Home Visit and conducted an interview before you can reserve any animal and paid the Adoption fee (£80) before taking the cat home.
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