So you’ve adopted – now what? 
Here are some tips and tricks for ensuring a successful adoption.


  • All cats need to get used to a new situation – they have never lived in your home before, or met your family, or other pets. This adjustment period is typically referred to as “decompression."

  • The recommended decompression period is 2 weeks.

  • During decompression, adopters should limit introductions to new situations, and give the adopted cat as much regular routine as possible.

Preventing Escape

  • In a new, unfamiliar environment, there is a distinct possibility your new cat will try to run off.

  • All adopted cats are micro-chipped – this is included in your adoption fee. When you bring your cat home, please make sure to register the microchip to your name, address and phone number immediately. There are also a number of free registries: Free Pet Chip Registry and Found Animals are two examples.

  • If your cat does escape…

    • Contact Pawfect Life Rescue immediately.

    • Contact your local Animal Control Office immediately. If they are closed, call a local police’s non-emergency phone number.

Establishing a Routine

  • For all cats, keep personal items and dangerous-if-chewed items out of the way until you learn their habits.

  • Feed him/her at the same times every day. Research the best food to feed him/her! There are so many different cat food brands out there, and owners should be educated on what is best for their cat.

  • Take your cat to the vet about a week after you adopt. Your cat will be up to date on vaccines, but it's important for your vet to review his/her history and get you on a regular schedule.   Please Note: We are a small family & friends run rescue – but with the number of cats we rescue it is still considered a kennel environment. We recommend you bring a follow up fecal sample with your cat to their first wellness check.  It is so important that we properly socialize our rescue cats with other cats but, like with children in daycare, that means they can pick up little bugs. So speak with your veterinarian should you have any concerns about your new family member!

Dealing with Illness

  • There comes a time in every cat’s life when they will be ill. Make sure you establish a relationship with a primary vet, but also have emergency vet numbers and locations on hand.

  • Research pet insurance. It might be the right path for you!

  • There are resources to help with unexpected and overwhelming medical costs:

Finding Somewhere to Live

  • If you need to rent a new place to live & having a hard time finding a rental that will take cats, please use the resources below:

    • Many rental-hunting websites, such as Zillow or HotPads, have filters for dogs or cats.  Make use of these filters to look for your new place.

    • The MSPCA has a great list resource available.

    • Petfinder has compiled a list of tips!


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