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We've seen a cat we would like to rehome and they're coming round to do a home visit but i'm worried! Does anyone know what they will be looking for? Has anyone else had a home visit and know what happens?
There is nothing to worry about they wont care if your housekeeping is not up to date and wont be checking for dust.:hihi:
Basically they will be coming for a chat and making sure you know what you are taking on and that you are in a position to home a cat. They will mainly be concerned about the environment, if the cat is to be an outdoor cat are you near a busy road? If the cat is an indoor cat then they will be looking to make sure that you are able to provide stimulation for a cat ie toys, scratch posts and activities etc.
Homechecks are pretty straightforward and more a chance to meet you and get to know you really, rescues just need to know where their charges are going to live and that they will be happy.
Nothing to it!!
I agree, not quite thr same but we had to have one for our bunnies and in fact it was great, it gave me the oppertunity to ask all those niggling questions that you think are too silly
Home checks are really nothing to worry about - as said, they're not to check your standard of housekeeping, just to see your home is suitable for a cat, especially if you've not had one before. If you have a showhome, with perfectly arranged curtains and cushions, and lots of fragile ornaments on open shelves, you might be in for a nasty shock when the cat moves in!
And it's a good chance for a general cat chat and for the home checker to advise you on how to help the cat settle quickly in its new home, eg: confine it to a relatively small space, let it explore at it's own pace, etc, etc.
I use the opportunity to discuss the implications of the new pet.(usually dogs).
They WILL probably crap and pee in the beginning, they will need walks etc etc. I take very little notice of the house except where it impacts on the pet - gardens,fences,main roads etc.
You'll be fine. I've only ever known 2 homecheck fails and one was mine.
again they are nothing to worry about, ours was just a chat where she asked questions to see if we had fully considered what we were taking on. Such as, what vets were we going to register with, what would we be feeding them, where would they be during the day, what would we do if we were on holiday. At the end of the day jsut answer them as best as you can, and im sure it'll go ok, they aren't trying to catch you out they jsut want to check that you know what you are taking on and that you don't have a house full of cats already.
Hope it goes well.x
ours was done in the middle of our house being renovated, it was truely horrendous and we still passed :D We got to meet Ianto, he got to have a little explore around our front room which was the only semi-habitable room at the time and we got to interact with him. It was great.
I do home visit for a small rehoming rescue , I go to see if the garden and home is secure enough, and to make sure you know what you are taking on. Also I will answer any questions a person has and offer good advice. Iy will be ok I am sure.
Thanks everyone I feel a bit better about it now! I will let you know how it goes!
With cats you're more likely to fail the home check if you're totally house proud than if your home is shabby. Anyone who wants you to take your shoes off before entering the house really isn't ready for a cat being sick on the carpet or scratching a piece of furniture!
For dogs there is a check list for the garden, making areas secure etc, but for cats it's mostly about attitude. I maintain that a cat can be totally happy in a one bedroomed flat provided that there's enough entertainment and love for the cat- space is really not an issue in the cat world.
Just be yourselves- the home check will be to see that you live where you said you live, that you've not told porkies about living in a cul de sac when you actually live on a bus route and things similar. The only fear you may have is if you've misrepresented yourselves in what you've told them previously- for almost everything else it comes down to checking that you're where you said you'd be.