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Become a Foster Carer with Cat Haven

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Published December 4th 2014
Two is Better Than One

"My mate and I are waiting for our furrever home, but in the mean time we need a lovely foster carer. We will not be a bother as we can amuse ourselves when you are busy."

Foster Carers Desperately Needed

Cat Haven is currently holding over 300 cats and kittens on their grounds and over 500 cats and kittens in foster care. As always, the surrenders keep on coming and they are drastically running out of room, and need foster carers as soon as possible.

As more kittens come in, the adult cats get overlooked and take much, much longer to adopt. They have a number of adults looking for foster homes, both healthy and ones that are a little unwell, needing some extra TLC.

Now is the Purrfect Time to Share

Cat Haven provides all food, bedding, litter, veterinary work and toys Free of charge (for the cat, that is!). All you need is a spare room or space to keep them in and a big heart with a lot of love to share.

If you have been thinking about fostering, NOW is the time, or if you aren't able to foster please share this article! To foster or for more information, all you need to do is fill out the application here. Alternatively please call foster care and leave a message on 9442 3633 or on and Cat Haven will be in touch ASAP.

You'll be taking home a very grateful little pet when you adopt a cat or kitten from Cat Haven in Shenton Park. Maybe choose two from the many homeless strays who find their way to Cat Haven's doors every day of the week.

Why Two Cats are Better than One

You're saving two lives instead of one!
One cat can become lonely
By having two or more cats you are able to enjoy the true social nature of cats and the relationship they have with one another
The workload to care for two cats remains relatively the same
You don't need any more room for a second cat
Two cats provide each other with exercise, social interaction and mental stimulation
Cats that have a companion of the same species tend to be more socially well-adjusted which can help prevent behavioral problems
Two cats are cleaner than one cat as they groom one another

We have Special Needs

Eight year olds, Mischief and Frankie are at present in foster care. They are a special pair of feline companions, not only because they're one of the 'Golden Oldie' pairs, but also because they're both FIV positive. They need looking after carefully to ensure they stay as healthy as they are today. If you have any concerns about FIV and cats, please have a chat with one of their friendly vet staff. As part of their 'adopt a Golden Oldie' promotion you can adopt both Mischief and Frankie together for a $ donation of your choice.

Eight-Month-Old Sisters

Lipsy (white/tabby) and Lulu (tabby) are sisters and best of friends who come as a pair. These two teenage girls absolutely love to play and talk to each other, calling if they're in separate parts of the house. Lulu has figured out that if she meows at her foster carer, it results in the food bowl being topped up. They were very timid at first, but now they've found increased confidence. Your family can adopt these lovely girls for the teenager package price of $99.

Mother and Daughter

My name is Opal. I'm the pretty girl with the white nose and tummy with my equally tabby daughter, Otter. What is it with kids these days? They just don't leave home! Therefore, we come as a package deal. I am rather a shy and old-fashioned at heart. Otter is a 'generation Y' type girl of the digital age. She loves to 'play' football (soccer) on your TV chasing the ball around. We are not lap cats, but both love a stroke and a cuddle. Please consider adopting us; we have grown in confidence at our foster home and are now ready for our furrever home. As a mum and teenager package we will complete your family for the one price of $99."

A Cat on the Dashboard

Your treasured pair must be transported home in a secure cat carrier. If you do not have one, you can purchase one from the Cat Haven. Unfortunately, they cannot make any exceptions. Would you have it any other way?

The Fine Print

Cat Haven do not adopt out cats or kittens as gifts. If you wish to purchase a cat or kitten for someone else, a gift voucher can be provided. Otherwise, the owner of the cat must be with you at time of adoption. Thank you!
Photographic ID (such as a drivers license) showing your current address must be provided. If no photo ID with your current address, please also bring down a secondary piece of proof, such as a utility bill etc. (This can be in soft copy).

Contacts for a Cuddle

Please check their website (with lots of photos and web cam), contact the Cat Haven on (08) 9442 3600 or pop down to 23 Lemnos St, Shenton Park, for a cuddle (don't forget your cat carrier for two). All cats and kittens are sterilised, microchipped and vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas.

Foster Caring is a Win Furr Everyone

You can find out more about the above six waifs and many other cats needing your help by phoning 9442 3633 or email
Foster Care:

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Cat Haven Opening Hours
Open 7 days per week (Closed Christmas and Good Friday)
Retail shop: 8am to 5pm (Sundays: 9am to 5pm). Public holidays: 10am to 5pm.
Adoptions: Weekdays: 11.30am to 4:30pm. W/ends and p/holidays: 11.30am to 4.30pm.
Surrenders - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Weekdays: 8.30am to 11am only - Cost $50 per cat. W/ends: 9am to 10.30am only - Cost $50 per cat. Surrenders without appointment - Cost $100 per cat.

All photographs courtesy of the Cat Haven Website
Original Illustration Image: Travel with a cat from WikiHow
Artwork and Photoshop editing by John F

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Why? To Save a Life or Two
When: Now and Furrever
Phone: Cat Haven on (08) 9442 3600
Where: 23 Lemnos St, Shenton Park
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
You have certainly hit on a very important point, Bryony.
I suppose they are like people in some respects and have their likes and dislikes. And like people it is not always apparent.
The selection I chose from Cat Haven's 'pairs section' bear that out; as all appear to be related or bonded.
The Cat Haven are very protective (as can be seen by the adopting conditions) of their cats and kittens and match the pairs carefully.
Also they have a lot of information about matchmaking for people wanting a companion for their own cat. They even suggest fostering a cat to see how they get on.
Excerpt from the website:
"We can help you to identify a cat of similar age or energy level as your existing pet, and who shares character traits that are complementary with your pet so that they are more likely to bond.  For example, a quiet or timid cat may be better off with a quiet or timid play mate of a similar energy level than a lively kitten who wants to explore everything and play all day."
by John F (score: 2|621) 2280 days ago
I watched a fascinating documentary about cats recently that showed that two cats aren't better than one. Unless the cats are related or grew up together, cats that lived together showed how they didn't get on very well, and were stressed about it. Owners didn't realise, and thought their cats got on very well together, but that's because they did not spot the very subtle tell tale signs cats give off to one another.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2280 days ago
love the article John. We had one cat. He adopted he was abandoned and found our home inviting. He has been ruling the roost from about 3 years...until we recently rescued a kitten. Unfortunately the older one does not approve and has decided to sulk in the home office, refusing to come into the house. We have introduced news cats into our home in the past with no problems. This is the first this has happened.....! Only time will tell, but we are patiently helping them both adjust as much as we can. Any ideas to help this would be appreciated. ;)
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 1638 days ago
The sad part is when you do get lucky and they bond it is very hard to watch one miss the other when you lose one of them as was the case with my cat who has not accepted another cat since apart from my parents cat who she was introduced to very young and has stayed there multiple times when I have had to work away. Their cat just tolerates her even after 17 years
by jodie (score: 1|25) 1561 days ago
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