the arrangements might need to
ensure your kitten is brought up to
date on her vaccinations, too.
Don’t worry: Your kitten likely
will blend easily into a new household should she need to live in
Be concerned: Your selected
caregiver should understand the
high energy that often accompa-nies a kitten. “Understanding [a
pet’s] characteristics is important to protect the animal,” said
Furman, “since they can’t communicate on their own.”
Legal provisions for
an adolescent or adult
cat should also consider the pet’s personality.
Your selected caregiver
might need to deal
with some confused
behavior from your cat.
“They sense stress
and tragedy and react
as you would expect,”
Keeping the cat’s
routine in place as much as possible can help in a transition, and
feeding the same food can help,
too. Furman recommended being
as explicit as possible in identifying your cat’s dietary preferences
Furman suggested that you ask
yourself these questions: What is
the regular food? Feeding times?
Amounts? Are allergies identified?
“Many pets have digestion
issues if foods are changed,” he
Don’t worry: An outgoing,
sociable cat might need a grace
period to adjust to a new home
but will likely be running the
household before long.
Be concerned: A shyer cat
might need a bit more time to
adjust to a new situation and
might express her stress through
inappropriate behavior. Your
intended caregiver should be
aware of any potential situations
that might occur.
Pet estate arrangements for a
senior cat will likely include items
related to the cat’s health. Furman
suggested the following questions:
Does your cat take medica-
What are the dosages?
How are the medications
Who is your regular veterinarian?
Who is your emergency veterinarian?
Do you have a list of the
cat’s vaccinations? Rabies shots?
Don’t worry: You’ve likely
taken excellent care of your cat
her entire life, so she will probably live out her life happily in her
Be concerned: Make sure your
designated caregiver understands
all of your senior cat’s medical
requirements ahead of time,
including any daily procedures like
injecting insulin or administering
medications. The caregiver should
be willing to provide the daily care
should something happen to you.
A lifelong cat owner, Stacy N. Hackett writes frequently about cats, cat breeds
and a range of pet-related topics. A big source of inspiration for her writing comes
from her two cats: Jack, a 7-year-old red tabby domestic shorthair, and Phillip,
a 3-year-old gray-and-white domestic shorthair. Her work has appeared in CAT
FANCY, Kittens 101, Cats USA, Critters USA, Rabbits and Pet Product News maga-
zines as well as on several websites, including Petcha.com and CatChannel.com. An
award-winning member of the Cat Writers’ Association, Stacy also has worked in several techni-
cal fields, including software development, telecommunications, and expendable launch systems.