Frequently Asked Questions will be posted as we receive them. If there is anything you would like to ask, please reach out via our Contact Us page.
We also welcome you to read more about us in the official Cat Busters Brochure.
Q. Where do the animals you rescue come from?
A. Many of the animals we rescue are strays, surrendered by owners, feral cats who cannot remain safely where they are and young feral kittens brought in and socialized in order to be adopted.
Q. Do you euthanize animals?
A. CBAR is a no-kill rescue organization. We will not euthanize an animal for any reason unless it is seriously injured or ill and a vet determines that the animal is suffering and recommends that euthanasia is the most humane course
Q. Where does your funding come from?
A. Cat Busters Animal Rescue does not receive any form of government funding. All our funding comes from surrender fees, adoption fees, private donations, corporate grants, and our own fundraising efforts.
Q. How much of my donation is used for the benefit of the rescued animals?
A. 100% of your donation goes towards the care of the animals we have in our foster homes. This includes the vetting (spay/neuter and vaccinations, on-going and emergency vetting needs), health supplies, special supplements, vitamins and necessary over the counter medications. Our generous volunteers absorb any other expenses out of their own pockets so as to ensure that all funds received go directly towards the care of our rescued companion animals.
Q. When I make a donation am I entitled to a tax receipt?
A. Yes. Being a registered charity, we automatically issue a tax receipt for a donation of $10 or more.
Q. How do I arrange to adopt a pet from you?
A. If you see an animal available for adoption on one of our listings, you can call or email us. We will answer your questions about the animal, as well as ask you a few to make sure he/she is a good fit for your lifestyle. If the animal is a good match, we will arrange for you to meet in your home. If you visit us at an adoption day we will ask you the necessary questions to confirm the animal is a good match. We may decide an in home follow up visit a few weeks later is necessary to make sure both you and your new pet are happy with each other.
Q. What is included in the adoption fee?
A. All animals are either altered before you adopt or we will arrange to pick up the animal and take it to one of the clinics we use to be spayed / neutered and vaccinated when the time is right.
Q. How does the complimentary trial of Petsecure pet health insurance work?
A. When you adopt a pet through Cat Busters, you are eligible for free Petsecure pet health insurance coverage for 6 weeks, which provides coverage for most accidents and illness. Once you ask us to activate your trial, your coverage begins and Petsecure will send a donation to Cat Busters. Should you choose to continue your coverage past the trial period, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted coverage. Otherwise, your coverage will automatically expire. For further details, please visit Petsecure’s Adoptsecure site.
Q. What is the advantage of adopting a pet from a foster home rather than from a shelter?
A. The biggest advantage is that the animal has time to get over the stress of being homeless or unwanted. The foster parent is able to work with the animal and provide him/her with comfort, love, companionship and safety. They are able to determine what the animal likes and dislikes, whether he/she is good with other animals and/or children. A companion animal from a foster home is often better adjusted than one kept in a cage in a shelter.
Q. Is it a good idea to get my child a kitten?
A. Owning any pet is a big responsibility. Remember that kittens grow up and become adult cats who will be with you for many years. If training a kitten seems to be more than your family can handle, consider adopting an adult cat.
Q. Would a cat make a good friend and companion for a senior?
A. Cats make wonderful companions for seniors, especially for a person who has difficulty leaving their home. They can help a person feel needed and help reduce feelings of loneliness. An older cat that is mellow and well trained may be preferable to a young and playful kitten. Cats can live well into their twenties so please ensure you have a back-up plan for the cat if the time comes when the older person can no longer care for the cat. It is devastating for the cat and the senior, if the pet’s continuing care is uncertain.
Q. Would it be better to adopt a kitten or an adult cat?
A. Kittens are a lot of work and require a lot of attention. Adult cats are just as friendly and active. The choice between adopting a kitten or an adult really depends on your lifestyle and available time.
Q. Is it better to adopt more than one cat?
A. Through play, younger kittens learn the do’s and don’ts of kitty cat etiquette, so they will definitely need a friend. Their energy is equaled only by other kittens close to their age. Therefore you may not want to introduce a young kitten to an older cat. If you adopt a single cat you will need to make sure you give your cat the attention, love and play that it needs to thrive. Some cats are bonded pairs, so if you are thinking of adopting more than one cat, you might want to consider these cats. The transition into your home will be easier for them together than if they are separated. Some older cats may only tolerate another cat if it’s submissive in nature or may even prefer to remain the only cat in the home. Other kitties may immediately welcome almost any other cat. It’s always nice to have a playmate and someone to cuddle up to.
Q. I already have a dog at home. If I adopt a cat what will happen?
A. It depends on the nature of your dog. If your dog is aggressive towards small animals, then it is probably not a good idea. Some dogs love cats, and some do not. It’s usually a not an issue when a puppy and kitten are raised together. Cats and dogs can make great companions for each other.
Q. I’m thinking of adopting a cat, but still not sure. How can I find out if being a cat owner is right for me?
A. If you are unsure, but are willing to try for a reasonable period of time, you could foster the animal initially to ensure that it is the right choice for you and the cat. You will need time to get to know each other whether you adopt or foster.
Q. As a foster home, what is expected of me? Do I have to pay for vetting, food and supplies?
A. The most important thing expected of any foster home is to provide a safe and loving temporary home for the fostered pet. The medical needs of any of our rescued animals are our responsibility. We don’t expect our foster homes to cover vetting costs. We do ask foster homes to cover the costs of food and litter, but we supply our foster homes the with necessary equipment for fostering a pet, such as a carrier and litter box.
Q. Can I choose the kind of animal I want to foster?
A. Of course. Some of our foster homes already have pets. We want to ensure that their current pets get along with the new fostered animal. We don’t want to upset or cause stress to the pet already in the foster home.
Q. Can I adopt the animal I am fostering?
A. Most definitely. Although often when a foster home adopts the animal they are fostering, it means we lose a foster home, it also means the animal gets a permanent and loving home. We feel that is the most important thing! If you fall in love with the animal you are fostering for us, then we are happy to have you adopt it.
Q. I am interested in becoming a volunteer. What volunteering opportunities are available?
A. There are many volunteering opportunities, either in the forefront or behind the scenes. We are always looking for dedicated people to help us in the ways they are best suited.
Q. What kind of commitment is required volunteering with CBAR? Is there a minimum number of hours required?
A. We don’t have a minimum number of hours for volunteering. Our volunteering activities vary in their levels of commitment and time. We do ask our volunteers to attend two volunteering activities in every six month period. These activities could include attending a four hour adoption day event, posting events on Facebook, or doing research for a specific project. It depends on what our volunteers are interested in doing, their time and what other commitments they may have.
Q. Do you have a minimum age for volunteering?
A. Yes. We accept youth volunteers under the age of 18. However, we take great care in meeting their parent(s) or guardian(s) to ensure they approve the activities in which the youth volunteer will be involved. All youth volunteers are always supervised by an Executive Officer or a Senior Volunteer approved by the parent(s) or guardian(s). Although we usually restrict the age to anyone 14 or older, exceptions are occasionally made.
Q. Will volunteering with CBAR count towards my high school volunteer hours?
A. Yes. We encourage high-school students who are interested in working with rescued pets, to earn their volunteer hours working with us. We hope they find the experience of helping an animal in need to be a rewarding and memorable experience as well as helping them fill their volunteer requirements.
Q. Do you have a shelter where I can volunteer with the animals?
A. CBAR does not have a shelter. Our rescued pets are all in foster homes, where they are provided with love, safety, and when necessary rehabilitation, until they find new homes. Some of our foster homes specialize in fostering very shy pets. We do have a volunteering program where an individual can work with shy animals if they are comfortable and interested in doing so. The individual may attend pre-arranged visits to the foster home to socialize these animals.
Q. I enjoy being creative. How can I help?
A. We can always use help from people who want to make pet toys or animal related items for our fundraising or to accompany our rescued animals to their new homes.
Q. I have an idea for fundraiser I would like to arrange. What is my next step?
A. If you are planning a specific event and wish to donate the proceeds to CBAR, you can donate either on-line or by cheque. If you have any other ideas for fundraising, please give us a call or send us an email.
Q. What can I do to help my new cat settle into a new home?
A. It’s best to bring your new kitty home when you have the time to spend a day or two alone with him/her before introducing new people. Your home will seem huge and overwhelming to a cat. It is full of strange objects and new smells. Depending on the size of your residence, you may want to consider restricting access for the cat to a smaller area. After a few days, if your cat seems settled, you can gradually introduce him/her to the rest of your home.
Q. How do I introduce my new pet to my current pet?
A. Depending on the nature of the two animals, you may want to segregate the new animal in a separate room, then after a few days, switch the bedding so they become familiar with each other’s scent. Your current pet may need additional reassurance from you, especially when the new animal is in the same room. Offering a treat to both when they are together may also assist with the transition.
Q. How to I encourage my child/children to help with caring for the cat(s)?
A. Your child/children may be more interested if you present it to them as helping their friend stay healthy and happy. Depending on their age(s) you may want to start with simpler tasks such as feeding and making sure they have fresh water daily. Your child/children can then increase their responsibility to include grooming and taking care of the litter box.
Q. What should I feed my new cat when I first take him/her home?
A. Changing the cat’s food suddenly might upset its digestive system. Find out what brand of food that he/she is accustomed to. If you want to change the food do so gradually. Mix a small amount of the new food in with the previous food, slowly changing the proportions until the cat is only eating the new food.
Q. Will my cat be unhappy if I keep him/her inside?
A. Cats will be perfectly happy indoors. There are many dangers outside. Cats who live outdoors or are allowed to spend time outdoors often have a shorter life . Some cats will accept a harness and leash and could then accompany you outside. However, never leave a harnessed cat tied up by itself as it would not be able to escape danger or defend itself.
Q. I’m only going to have one cat. Why should I get him/her altered?
A. There are a number of benefits for both you and your cat. As well as going into heat, during which time your cat may call loudly, an un-spayed female cat is more prone to cancer of the mammary glands. An unneutered male may mark their territory by spraying. They are also susceptible to testicular cancer. Should you pet sneak out of the house, it is more likely that they will get into a fight with another cat and be injured, if they are unaltered. Of course if your cat is a female she may also return home pregnant. All of these outcomes will be painful for the cat and could be very costly for you.
Q. How can I stop my cat from scratching my furniture?
A. Many cats learn where they are and are not allowed to scratch by being offered praise and treats when they use the scratching post. Cats have their preferences as to the type of material the scratching post is made from or the angle of the scratching section. The claws should be kept trimmed so they do not damage furniture . There are also products available to stop cats from scratching on a particular spot or nail caps to prevent damage.
Q. How does declawing affect my pet?
A. Declawing is a surgical amputation of the first knuckle of the cat’s toe. Once their knuckles have been removed, cats can no longer perform their natural stretching and kneading rituals. As the animal ages, they may also develop other health issues. A cat’s claws are its first line of defense. Removal of this defense may cause the cat to bite without giving a warning first. Due to the pain from the surgery and healing.. The cat may associate pain with the litter box. This could lead to inappropriate defecation and/or urination.
Q. What is the best kind of litter for my cat?
A. the choice of litter is up to you and of course your cat, as some cats may have a preference. The clumping litters are best as they allow you to scoop out the solid waste and urine to dispose of it. Clumping litters are made from clay, wheat, corn or pine. When adopting a new pet, check which type of litter the cat is accustomed to, as you may want to start off with the same type.
Q. How do I prevent litter odour
A. Regular scooping will help prevent litter box odour. We recommend scooping twice a day. The litter boxes should also be emptied and washed periodically. If you have more than one cat you may also need to have more than one litter box.
Q. What do I do if my cat stops using his/her litter box instead using the floor?
A. There could be a couple of reasons for this change in behavior. Something may have upset the cat or there could be a medical reason. First of all ensure that the litter box is clean. Cats are by nature clean animal and may refuse to use a dirty litter box. If you have changed the type of litter that you are using in the box, return to the previous type as that cat may not like the new litter. If there is a new person or animal in the home, your cat could be jealous of the attention the new comer is receiving, particularly in the case of a new baby. If this is the case, give the cat more attention, treats and praise when the new person or animal is in the room than when you are alone with your cat. Of course you should discuss this with your veterinarian in case it is a medical reason. Sometimes, you may have to restrict the area the cat can access temporarily, until the issue is resolved. Then slowly reintroduce the cat to the rest of your home.
Q. Would the colour or gender of a cat determine its personality or nature?
A. Not at all. Neither the colour of a cat nor his/her gender have any effect on its personality.
Q. What is a feral cat and why are they feral
A. A feral cat is a domesticated cat that has been abandoned or become lost and has returned to the wild. The offspring of such a once domestic cat or of a feral cat is also considered to be feral if it is born in the wild. Unless trapped at an early age, these kittens are usually never handled and are terrified of humans. Often when approached they will run away and hide.
Q. Are feral cats solitary animals?
A No. Generally feral cats live in a colony, which is a group of cats, usually related, living in the same close proximity. They may occupy a specific territory where food and shelter are readily available. Often a larger colony is made of several generations of the same family, with the females helping in the raising of each other’s young.
Q. Where am I likely to find a feral cat colony?
A. Feral colonies can usually be found, behind shopping areas, in industrial areas, in alleys and in parks. They will shelter under porches and in abandoned buildings. As feral cats typically fear and avoid strangers it’s quite possible people may not even realize that there is a colony near.
Q. Can a feral cat be domesticated?
A. Yes, though some older feral cats may resist domestication. They will take longer to socialize than young feral kittens and will take a lot of patience.
Q. What, if any, benefits are there to having a feral cat colony in my neighborhood?
A. There are many benefits to having a managed feral colony in any community. The cats prey on the rodents keeping the population under control. Once the cats in the colony have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated, the population of the colony will not expand due to the birth of new kittens. The cats of the colony keep other free roaming, unaltered and unvaccinated cats from remaining in the area. This is turn will reduce or eliminate the nuisance behaviors of unaltered cats in the areA. such as spraying, fighting and loud territorial calling.
Q. What does TNR mean? And what does it involve?
A. TNR means Trap Neuter/Spay and Return. It involves the humane trapping of feral cats, altering (spaying/neutering), and vaccinating then the return of the cats to their managed colony. They continue to live the life that they know, but can no longer reproduce and are protected against rabies. The cats in the colony are provided with food, water, and shelters, as well as being monitored for health, new arrivals etc. by the colony caretakers. The population of the colony gradually reduces over time.
Q. Does Cat Busters Animal Rescue have a program for assisting feral cats?
A. Most definitely. We provide assistance to people requiring help with the trapping, altering, vaccinating and return of feral cats. We have volunteers who are regular caretakers of a few feral cat colonies. Young feral kittens are temporarily housed with experienced foster parents until they are old enough and sufficiently socialized to be adopted into their permanent homes.