Frequent Asked Questions
I am interested in adopting a kitty, what should I consider before applying?
We have put together a list of FAQs below. Please read these FAQs thoroughly about adopting a L.I.C.K. kitty before applying to adopt. Out of consideration for the time and energy of our small adoptions team, we ask that you apply only when certain that you are ready and able to adopt. Please ensure you have the appropriate permissions to receive a kitty into your home and you have discussed thoroughly with your family and everyone agrees to commit to provide a forever home for the kitty.
How long will my application take?
We will review applications on a cat by cat basis (as they are ready to be adopted), in the order that they came in and we will prioritise the best match for each kitty. Therefore, it is quite difficult to provide timelines. Once a kitty has been decided and you have been approved to proceed via an initial phone call, we will put you in touch with the fosterer so you can meet the kitty . We try to make this process as speedy as we can, as we don’t want to lose potential adopters for the kitty.
How does the adoption application work?
Once a cat is ready to be adopted, they will appear with a summary of their personality/traits on our website. We consider applicants in the order in which they applied and on a cat by cat basis, however, we will prioritise the best match for each kitty. When we find a possible good match, we reach out for an initial phone screen to talk more about why you are looking to adopt a kitty, what plans you have for the kitty (e.g. pet insurance, vet, etc) and about the environment in which the kitty will live (e.g. who will he/she live with and where). Once that is cleared, you will be set-up for a visit to meet the kitty at the foster's house (during covid this will be done via a video call). If you are happy with the kitty and there are no concerns, we will then go ahead with the adoption, we will bring the kitty to you and will ask for you to sign an adoption form as well as complete the adoption donation. We will transfer the chip and the cat will be officially part of your family!
We encourage you to give yourself and your new feline friend adequate time to adjust to the new living arrangement, especially if you have existing cat(s). There are a number of steps you can take to practically aid with the adjustment. Please have a look at the link here for some tips and the link here if you are looking to adopt but already have a kitty. If your new kitty is unable to settle into your home well, or if for any other reason, things don’t work out, L.I.C.K is happy to take the kitty back for rehoming.
Please ensure you follow the necessary guidelines to ensure your kitty has the optimum experience moving into their own home. Please have a look at the link here for some tips.
I want to adopt a kitty; how much will it cost me?
The adoption donation for an adult or kitten is £80, or £150 to adopt two. Of course, if you’re feeling generous or wish to include L.I.C.K in your annual charitable giving, we will always gladly accept additional donations. 100% of donations go to vet bills and are tax deductible, these can be made through PayPal Giving Fund, the DONATE button on our Facebook profile, the DONATE button on our Instagram Profile or if you prefer to transfer, please contact us to obtain the bank details.
Are kitties neutered?
All L.I.C.K. cats are vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas and worms. All kittens are treated for fleas and worms. Every animal has been checked by our vet. The adults are all neutered. Please note that this might not be possible during covid. We will discuss any occasions if any of this is not possible and any medical considerations during the adoption process.
Will the kitty be vaccinated, de-wormed and de flead when I get them?
All efforts are made to have adult kitties up to date with all vaccinations and treatments before they are adopted out, however in the current Covid climate, there may be exceptions to this. Kittens are dewormed and deflead.
When should I neuter my cat?
Please consult your vet regarding the best age for neutering as it can vary, but it is normally between 3 and 6 months.
Will you rehome outside London?
We are a charity that focuses on the London area. However, in some occasions we have been able to rehome outside of the London area if the adopter’s application has been positive and is able to pick up the kitty and where the home offered was found to be the best for the kitty. During Covid climate this might not be possible as we don’t want to encourage people to travel.
I’ve applied to foster. When will I hear back?
Thank you for applying! We currently have many more applications than kitties available for fostering, and we may not be able to come back to you individually in the short term. Please bear in mind that we will keep your details in our system, and we will be in touch with you if we find a good match. However, please keep in mind, that we are currently mostly able to only foster to the current areas: E1, E2, E5, E8, E9, E13, E15, E20, N1, N5, N7, N16 to ensure we are able to pick up a kitty for any vet visits.
I’ve applied to adopt but I haven’t heard anything?
Thank you for applying! We currently have many, many applications and so there may be a delay in coming back to you. We have your details in our system, and we will reach out if we find a good match for an initial phone screening. If this initial phone screening were to be successful, we would then put you in touch with the fosterer so you can meet the kitty. This Is currently done via a video call. We try to make this process as speedy as we can, but as some kitties can get a lot of attention and others very little or none, this can have an effect on timelines.
We are considering all applications on an individual basis for each kitty, in the order that applications come in. Our priority is always the kitty’s well-being, and finding the best home for them. Please keep in mind that preference will be given to an adopter that best matches the kitty, e.g. if a specific kitty is best to be rehomed to a home with other kitties. We will also consider house safety (plants, windows, balconies), busy roads for outdoor cats and we may also take location into account due to Covid travel restrictions.
What security measures should I consider?
Please look at cat proofing your balcony. Kitties can be injured from falling from even as low as a first floor apartment. For any windows that may be opened (even from time to time), please consider a protective screen - kitties of all ages are very inquisitive and can easily get out of windows. Lastly - please be extra careful with your household plants. Many household plants are toxic to kitties - lilies in particular, can kill! For list of toxic plants to be aware of, please see this guidance from PetMD.
How often should I deflea and deworm my kitty?
It is recommended that adult kitties are dewormed at least once every three months, one for each season. Kittens can be dewormed from 2 weeks old. Kitties should be deflead monthly. Please consult your veterinarian for the best treatment for your kitty.
Does an indoor kitty need regular flea treatments?
Absolutely! Please treat them on a regular basis, as you may unknowingly come into contact with fleas outside of the home.
Does my vet need insurance?
Yes! We recommend that you look into getting pet insurance as soon as possible. Some vets are able to offer PetPlan for free for 1 month. Please ask your vet about this if you are interested. We suggest that you research the best pet insurance that suits your needs.
Do I need to register my kitty with the vet?
We suggest that you register your kitty with the vet as soon as possible. This will ensure that you are ready in case there are any emergencies. Some vets and 24 hour animal clinics require pre registration, so it’s best to do some research about the vets around your area to find the most suitable one for you and your new kitty.
What will you provide?
We will only provide the cat. For foster cats, we will provide the cat and will pick them up with a carrier from the charity. If not done beforehand or if they are needed, we will provide deworm and de flea treatments as well as any medication the cat needs. The fosterers are required to provide litter, litter tray, water, food and care. The adopters are required to provide litter, litter tray, water, food and care for the kitty. We suggest looking into vets as well as pet insurance.