Kitty Shelter is a "no-kill" cat and kitten rescue group, rescuing abandoned, abused & injured animals in Gauteng.
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Here is all you need to know about adopting a cat or a kitten from Kitty Shelter. Our no.1 aim is to sterilize, rehabilitate and re-home our cats in a responsible way. We advise people to come personally when interested in adopting from us: cats and or kittens may not be adopted as presents for other people. Most of our feral cats are also for adoption, however need very special homes because at heart they are still wild and may never become lap cats. You need to bring a cat carrier or buy one at our shop – we won’t release a cat without a carrier. If you have any other questions do not hesitate to contact us on 011 447 5275 or via email.

Costs and vouchers

PRICE INCREASE: Unfortunately due to price increases; sterilizations, food etc. We have no option but to increase our adoption prices. Effective as from 1 June 2015.

  • Kitten/Adult Cat (1 year +):
  • Males R600
  • Females R600

This price includes vouchers for vaccination and sterilization. Also Kitty Shelter will pay for any veterinary bills if the cat or kitten falls ill within two weeks of adoption. Kitty Shelter must be contacted immediately and you must visit one of Kitty Shelter’s vets.

We do not accept any responsibility for any condition that arises through accident or negligence of the new owner.

Important tips to remember when bringing your kitten/cat home

  1. If your kitten is showing any signs of illness, please contact Kitty immediately! We will arrange for the kitten to be treated at one of our vets, at our cost, providing it is within couple of weeks of adopting it.
  2. Keep your kitten in a separate room with all windows and doors closed.
  3. Food & water must be kept on one side of the room and litter on the other side.
  4. This room will be their “safe haven” once introduced to the rest of the house.
  5. Remember to “kitty-proof” the room first bearing in mind they climb curtains, tablecloths, etc and can be quite destructive when playing.
  6. Make sure they have plenty of toys.
  7. Kittens feel overwhelmed by large areas and can start using unsuitable areas as their litter trays, ie beds and carpets.
  8. Slowly let your kitten out of the room (after about 10 days). Let it explore and get to know other cats. Increase “free” time in large areas daily until your kitten is familiar and comfortable with the whole house.
  9. Remember to keep toilet seats down! Kittens can drown in toilets as they are too little and too weak to get out if they fall in. Never leave the kitten unattended near a fully run bath.
  10. Dogs must be restrained on leads until fully introduced. You can also put the kitten in a carrier and let dogs sniff at it. This way the dogs cannot hurt the kitten, and the kitten will not run away.
  11. Don’t let your kitten into the garden area until sterilized! Do the introduction to the garden gradually and under strict supervision.
  12. Remember to keep your kitten on a good diet (preferably a veterinary diet).
  13. Ensure that the diet consists mainly of kibbles as this cleans their teeth and is more nutritious. Soft food should only be given as a treat, if necessary.
  14. DON’T give your kitten milk! They love it but it is bad for them as most cats are lactose intolerant and therefore causes diarrhea.
  15. Kittens do unfortunately get stressed in a new environment and therefore do sometimes fall ill. We do our utmost to ensure that all our kittens are as healthy as possible, and will do our best to treat them if something does go wrong.
    When adopting your kitten you will be issued with vouchers - vaccination and sterilization. Please ensure that this is done timeously. Vaccinations prevent any possible illnesses. Sterilization is VERY important as it ensures that there is no needless breeding (millions of unwanted kittens are euthenased each year). It also ensures the health and safety of your cat as it cannot contract Feline Aids through fighting and breeding, and it won’t roam (this drastically increases the chance of being run over).
Here at Kitty Shelter we also have a shop where you can purchase a variety of items including beds, scratch posts, toys, carriers, litter, litter trays, catnip and more. All profits are used to help our welfare animals.