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Should you have your chosen shelter cat checked over by a veterinarian before adopting? — 7 Comments

  1. Almost all shelters here offer a vet visit after adoption, usually within 3 days to a week. In fairness if the cat you choose had a medical condition you couldn’t handle you can return them but your adoption fee is considered a donation. Little Mercy came with issues. She required oral surgery to remove excess gum tissue. We don’t care. She was our cat from the moment I held her and the shelter worker had to pry her off me. I do notice many adopted cats that people say looked healthy come home and succumb to an URI within days. Shelters should give more advice on stress reduction and the use of L-lysine at this time.

  2. I think there are times when the shelter staff is unaware of health issues. I also think other times they know and are afraid the animal won’t be adopted because of the health issues. That’s sad and most unfortunate both for the pet and adopters.

    If my heart picks out a new fur-baby, my brain needs to know how best to take care of him especially knowing my heart will NOT let him go.

  3. Good luck talking the shelter into allowing a vet to examine the cat before adoption. You pretty much have to judge on your own i.e. no watery eyes, congested breathing, etc.

      • Just being realistic. The shelter isn’t going to allow the at to leave before adoption and most vets keep hours similar to a shelter and won’t take the time to go to the shelter to examine the cat-IF the shelter would even allow another vet besides their contract vet. You’ll usually know whether the cat is FIV/FeLV+ or – and that’s it. Everything else you have to self-examiner. It’s OK if you really want to adopt a sick cat. Usually, a round of antibiotics can clear up a URI. We saved one in full-blown renal failure once and the shelter didn’t tell us about it. She went straight to the vet (I always took new kitties straight to the vet) and she died a few days later.

  4. I’ve adopted one cat (out of 18) from my county-run (VC) Animal Services “shelter”. “Rocko”, a very dear little guy, trusting to the end, turned out to have a perforated ulcer in his duodenum, which turned fatal within 3 months. I’ve also had other unfortunate interactions with VCAS besides that one, so my overall experiences don’t give me much confidence in that particular facility at least. I tried.
    I haven’t heard any very positive comments from anyone about it, and I’ve been in its’ sphere of influence since ’87. It’s so, so sad for all the animals that enter there.
    I’d advise everyone to have any animal completely checked; I mean really look for what could be wrong – especially stress-related illness so you can help them, not avoid them. I’m actually more predisposed to adopt an animal who needs extra help.

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