ADOPT a cat

The Raystede Adoption Guide

Dyson January 2014

First things first…

If you would like to offer a new home to one of our cats there are a few simple guidelines we ask everyone to follow:

  • We take particular care when rehoming a cat to a family with young children.
  • You need to have access to a safe outside area.
  • If you are planning a holiday or moving home within three months of registering for rehoming a cat , please delay your application until you know your home life will not be disrupted.
  • If you wish to adopt a kitten, someone will have to be at home during the day for the first few months until the cat is properly settled

You can be reassured that all our cats are:

  • Health checked by a vet
  • Assessed for their character and temperament
  • Neutered
  • Vaccinated (first)
  • Treated against fleas and worms
  • Microchipped
  • Given four weeks insurance
  • We are also happy to give you any follow up advice you need once your cat is home with you

Adoption fees

As we are a charity we do have to ask for a contribution to some of these costs. Adoption fees are:

  • Cats 8 years and over - £60
  • Cats between 7 months and 7 years old - £90
  • Kittens (up to and including six months) - £110

Next steps

Want to go ahead with adopting a cat? The Cattery team are available to discuss adoption every day of the week between 10am and 4pm. No appointment is necessary but please arrive by 3pm to allow sufficient time to meet the team and any suitable cats, as the centre closes at 4pm.

Just download and complete an application form online or complete one at the centre in Customer Services. A member of our cattery team will then go through your application with you when you visit us and discuss what cats we have available.

Once you have found the right cat for you, you may reserve it.

Nearly there...

All that remains to do is to ring the cattery on 01825 880463 to arrange a time to collect your cat. We will then make an appointment with our Rehoming Team.

You can teach an old cat new tricks.....

We have cats of all types and ages at Raystede and we understand that it can be easy to choose a younger cat when considering adoption. Try to consider whether an older cat might suit you instead, they have special qualities all of their own, make excellent companions, are usually very affectionate, are more steady and settled and live life at a slower pace.

Still so much to offer......

Sometimes people are reluctant to choose an older cat, perhaps having recently lost their last companion. These days cats can live well into their teens and twenties and so you may find you have many happy years togther to come. Many of our older cats make wonderful feline companions, please help us find homes for our older cats who deserve a new home so much.

Some advantages of an older cat....

  • With an older cat their personality is already developed, you know what you are getting. Kittens can be unpredictable, it can be difficult to judge if they will grow up into a hunter, lap-cat or an independant feline
  • Mature cats generally like their home comforts more, a warm place to sleep....often your lap, and enjoy your company too.
  • Your curtains, plants and household items have a much higher chance of surviving the arrival of an older cat rather than a kitten!!

Please keep an open mind when starting out on your road to adoption and consider an older cat. 


Ever thought of fostering?

Could you help us with PetLink, our pet fostering service? If you live in Sussex or Kent we are always looking for volunteers to care for pets temporarily whose families are in need of short-term help. Once family circumstances are more settled then the pet is returned to its original owners.

Want to know more about this very worthwhile project?  You can contact us by email at or call 01825 880478.


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