All types of cats come through our doors at Larimer Humane Society. Most of these cats will make great indoor companions, but a few just wouldn’t be suitable for a life of leisure. Because of this, we have started a working cat program.
Cats eligible for this program come from three major categories:
- Cats with non-medical litter box issues who have spent time outdoors
- Stray cats who may be a little too independent to live in a home
- Cats who are shy/fearful of people and prefer the company of other cats or animals
All cats will be fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, FELV/FIV negative, ear tipped and microchipped. We ask adopters to provide nutritious food, fresh water, shelter and future veterinary care.
After adoption, we recommend placing these cats in a secure room for two to three weeks so they can acclimate to their new surroundings. Multiple hiding spaces should be provided. Cats can be kept in an extra-large wire dog crate to help with this process. Smaller plastic crates should be placed in the dog crate to give them access to hiding and perching places. During the acclimation period, please provide a litter box (changed daily) for the cats.
Prior to having free reign of their new areas, more hiding spaces should be added. Hiding spaces will make the cats more comfortable in their new home. Cat carriers, cardboard boxes and paper bags make good hiding spots.
During the acclimation period, bring food and water around the same time. This will help the cats become acclimated to their new human companion and they will start to look forward to your presence.
When given free reign, make sure they can still access the first room. It is where they are comfortable and provides security for them as they get to know their new surroundings.
Interaction should be solicited by the cats. Having anyone approach could frighten them and make the process of acclimating to people more difficult and time consuming. Because many of these cats prefer the company of other cats, we recommend adopting more than one!
Click here to fill out the working cat adoption application. If you have any questions, please call our Client Services Department at 970-226-3647.