Our Available Cats and KittensHere at Heronbank Rescue we have a variety of cats and kittens in our care who need new homes. Whether you are looking for an indoor cat, dog friendly, used to small children, the more information you can give us the better match we can make.
PLEASE READ REGARDING UP AND COMING ADOPTIONS. 10th January 2021
We will work through them as quick as we can and get back to you as soon as we can. Happy adopting! We’re almost ready!
- Once you have submitted your form you will be contacted by a member of our team for the £10 home check fee. This must be payed before your form is processed. The £10 fee will then be deducted from the adoption fee if your home check passes, or refunded if your home check fails. It will not be refunded if you pass your home check but decide not to adopt.
- Adoption fees must be payed in full before collection of your chosen cat/kitten.
- If we are unable to process your form further you will be contacted by text or email. This is usually the case if you are not within our rehoming area or live on a busy road.
Fill in our Pre Adoption Form to start your adoption story.
The adoption fee includes:
Flea treated up to date
Wormed up to date
Flu, Enteris & Leukaemia Vaccinations
Neutering and Microchip
Where possible, we like to rehome young kittens in pairs.
As you will be aware, kittens are very playful and a new kitten will often see other cats as a playmate. Imagine your teenager being expected to play with their 5 year old sibling 24 hours a day, does anyone else feel a migraine coming at that thought? This can become a nuisance to the older cat and can sometime cause your existing cat stress or anxiety. Adopting 2 kittens means that the new kittens have a playmate and your older cat can go about their daily life without that nuisance.
Adult Cats and Golden Oldies (1 year old +)
Young Cats (20 weeks to 12 months old)
Kittens - 10 weeks to 20 weeks old
If you’ve ever raised a litter of kittens or adopted a pair of them, you know how much they play together. Some of this play is painful, as confirmed by the yowling and complaining that occurs. The kittens bite and scratch each other, sometimes quite hard. All the while they are learning from one another that this behavior is not the best way to make friends! If they’re lucky enough to have a momcat around and she hears the ruckus, she will often give a warning “that’s enough of that” to the kittens and they settle down.
In order to become well-socialized cats, kittens need to learn appropriate behavior from one another. A human is not a substitute for a feline companion. You can provide attention and love but there is simply no way you can replicate the play behavior of the species. If they don’t learn limits in their play as youngsters, they often develop inappropriate playful aggression. In other words, it may be cute when a kitten attacks your ankles when you walk by or playfully nips at your fingers while you’re playing. It will be much less cute, not to mention annoying and painful, when your cat is full grown.
Over the years we have placed thousands of cats and kittens. We have also had cats returned to us, often as young adults, that did not work out in their new homes. What we found repeatedly was that single kittens adopted into homes without other young cats frequently develop behavioral problems. Kittens have been returned because of litter box problems. Litter box habits are learned at an early age and kittens actually play a large part in teaching each other how to faithfully go to the proper place when nature calls. Kittens have also been returned because of aggressive play biting. Cat behaviorists now believe that kittens raised without kitty companionship transfer the playful biting behavior, which is so important in developing proper manners, to their humans. To prevent these problems, and to encourage the general well-being of the kitten, Heronbank has adopted a policy of not placing any single kitten under the age of six months into a home without another kitten or young cat.
Two kittens playing together is one of the most entertaining activities in the world, both for you and for the kittens. Having two cats will also ensure that they are not lonely when you are away from home. A lonely cat can become neurotic and will sometimes let his/her owner know about their unhappiness by destructive behavior or inappropriate urination. This is not something most people would like to risk.
Heronbank will not place a single kitten under the age of six months into a home without an appropriate feline playmate. This is not about placing more kittens and cats. It’s about the future of the individual kittens, their habits and their happiness. Many people have been skeptical about adopting two kittens rather than one only to thank us later for sticking to our policy. The rewards are great. We’ve never had anyone tell us they wished they had only adopted one.
If you feel you are unable to care for two kittens, we strongly encourage you to consider one of the wonderful adult cats needing a home. Many of these are young mothers are scarcely more than kittens themselves. They’re still very playful and entertaining and have learned good kitty manners from being around other cats. Remember, the difference between a cat and a kitten is only about six months. But a happy cat can bring you joy and companionship for twenty years or more. It’s well worth laying a good foundation in their early months. The payback is tremendous.
If you are interested in helping Heronbank Cat Rescue to look after these cats and kittens then please consider donating using the PayPal donate button.
We do make every effort to keep the available cats and kittens up to date,