Adopt, Don’t Shop! A Guide to Adopting Cats from the Brooklyn Cat Café
Sharing your home with a cat is one of life’s great joys, for you and for the cat. By adopting a rescue cat, you are saving not only that cat’s life, but the lives of cats in shelters or on the street by freeing another space with the rescue group. Pet ownership is a big responsibility. This guide will help you decide if you’re ready for a cat and how to proceed with adopting. You can also download the guide in PDF form.
Are you ready for a cat? Ask yourself these questions.
- Are you financially prepared? Our cats are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated. You will however need to provide proper medical care with annual check-ups and emergency care when needed. You may want to purchase pet insurance or have a health savings account for your cat. Consider also costs of food, litter, toys and pet sitting.
- Do you have young children? An older cat may be more appropriate for young children than a kitten.
- Will your cat be more important than your furniture? Cats shed fur on clothes and furniture. A supply of lint rollers may be needed. Cats need scratching exercise. Be prepared to provide scratching surfaces and proper training to keep them from the furniture and anticipate some trial and error. The Brooklyn Cat Café requires an adoption contract that prohibits declawing. Declawing is inhumane and ineffective.
- Do you have time to spend with a cat? Contrary to popular opinion, cats are very social animals. They need affection and interactive play – especially cats who spend long hours home alone.
Consider more than one cat.
If you adopt a cat who likes other cats, getting them a companion is one of the best things you can do for the cat and for yourself. Cats provide each other with play and companionship, leading to less stress, less boredom and less separation anxiety. This leads to less work for you and less guilt on those days when you can’t avoid working late. As for expenses, they increase only minimally with the addition of one cat.
The Brooklyn Cat Café will only adopt kittens in pairs or into homes where they have a companion cat.
Already have a Cat? A Proper Introduction of your New Cat is Essential
Don’t assume that your current cat won’t like, or at least tolerate, a companion. With an initial period of separation and a gradual introduction, you can have a peaceful, multi-cat household; and you may be bringing a wonderful friend into your cat’s life. Café staff can help you plan how to introduce a new cat into your home.
What are the adoption fees? Fees are variable but generally:
- Single adult cat – $125
- Pair of adult cats – $200
- Single kitten (into a home with another companion cat only) – $175
- Pair of kittens – $250
- Senior cat – $100
- Adult special breed – $175
- For kittens who are still too young to be spayed/neutered you will have to pay a spay/neuter deposit of $50 per cat. Upon submission of proof of spay/neuter we will refund the deposit. Or you can have the surgery done through us and a rescue clinic, in which case the deposit will not be refunded.
- Microchip registration in your name – $30. All our cats have microchips registered to Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition. You have the option to leave it under our name and address or register the cat under yours.
What medical procedures will adoptable cats have already had?
All of our cats have had a veterinary exam and treatment for existing conditions; been tested for FeLV/FIV; had deworming and flea treatments; and been microchipped. All adult cats are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Some kittens may still be too young to have had all vaccinations or been spayed/neutered.
Important information about kitten adoptions
We will only adopt kittens in pairs or into homes with another cat already.
We do not adopt out kittens until they are about 11-12 weeks old. However, you can finalize adoption in advance of that age and they will come to your home when they reach 11-12 weeks.
YES! You understand what’s involved and are ready to adopt that perfect feline you met at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe. What’s the process?
- Fill out an adoption application
- Provide three references on the application – People that are not related to you, not a significant other, and don’t live with you.
- If your application is approved, café staff will bring the cat to your home for a brief home visit.
- Both parties will sign an adoption agreement and the adopter will pay the adoption fee.
- Enjoy many wonderful years with your new feline companion!
You can view all the cats at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe or if you don’t see any cats at the cafe – check out all the cats available at Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.