Skip to content

Healthy Cats

Font Size

Does Your Cat Need a New Home?

Try these solutions to 6 common problems before you make that decision.

6 Reasons Your Cat Doesn’t Need a New Home continued...

•         Introduce baby sounds. Play recordings of infant vocalizations to get kitty used to baby gurgling and crying.

•         Introduce baby smells. Sprinkle baby powder, lotion, or oil on your skin and hands, so kitty has a chance to get used to the scents.

After your baby arrives, make one-on-one time with your pet. It’s good for kitty and probably will be soothing for you, too.

Moving. Pets are part of your family, and relocation doesn’t need to be a reason to give up a family member, even if you’re being forced to downsize. Keep in mind:

•         There are plenty of pet-friendly apartments. The web sites of the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offer more than a dozen resources for finding pet-friendly apartments. Also ask around about them.

•         If cost is an issue, you can get help for health care expenses. Shelters and local chapters of the Humane Society often offer subsidized pet care, and veterinary schools frequently provide discounted care to the public. You can also talk to your vet, who may be happy to arrange a monthly payment schedule for your cat’s health care bills. “Research,” encourages Case. “There’s more help than you realize.”

No cat should be left behind. Abandoning pets is not only irresponsible; it’s illegal. Many people think that cats can fend for themselves outdoors because they were once wild, but most abandoned pets don’t survive -- due to starvation, abuse, or car accidents. There are alternatives to abandonment.

If Your Cat Truly Needs a New Home

“It’s rare that there are problems that can’t be resolved,” says Moon-Fanelli. Yet once in a while, things don’t work out. “Nothing is wrong with the cat, and nothing is wrong with the owner,” she says. “Somehow, it’s just a bad match and a ‘divorce’ is necessary.” If you and your cat truly have irreconcilable differences, or issues such as financial strain are making it too difficult right now, talk to friends and family. Someone you know might adopt or temporarily foster your cat, or know of someone else who can.

Before you go this route, though, make sure you’ve tried other solutions. “We want to put our pets in a box, mend a problem with one quick fix, and then give up if it doesn’t work,” says Moon-Fanelli. “But when people understand why their animal is having a problem, they tend to become more forgiving and understanding, and willing to work on the problem.”

“Don’t despair,” Case adds. “These problems are relatively common, and they’re usually solvable.”

Reviewed on March 31, 2011

Today on WebMD

cat at table
What's safe for them to eat?
Maine Coon cat breed
What they do and why cats have them.
Kitten in litterbox
How to solve them.
cat meowing
Why some cats are so talkative
cat on couch
Kitten using litter box
sleeping kitten
sad kitten looking at milk glass

Love your pets, hate your allergies?

Get tips for relief.

Loading ...

Sending your email...

This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

cat at table
muddy dog on white sofa
Maine Coon cat breed
Pets: Behavior Problems in Cats