WRITING A CAT RESUME

A cat "resume" provides an opportunity to present potential foster homes with a summary of your pet's best qualities and an example of your commitment to your pet. We suggest that the military include the information below in their cat resume.

Tell the foster what foods your cat is used to and what litter you normally use. Provide the cat's usual litter box, dishes, toys, scratching post, if possible, and a worn article of your clothing to place in their bedding - the familiar items and the scent of you will make the transition easier.

Provide a complete veterinary history from your veterinarian if another veterinarian will be used while the cat is in foster. If your cat is not spayed or neutered, please make arrangements to have spay or neuter done prior to placement in the foster home or arrange with the foster home to have the animal spayed or neutered at your expense. Minimally, you must provide the following:

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You must provide proof of recent negative FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) & FELV (Feline Leukemia Virus) testing

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You must provide for a veterinary assessment of your cat to rule out contagious diseases immediately prior to placement.

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You must provide a complete veterinary history of the cat including vaccine history and illnesses.

Describe your pet's age, activity level, and/or breed traits.  Describe characteristics that make your pet suited or unsuited for living with other animals.. Tell the foster home something special about your pet's  personality, and how much you care about your pet. There can be a big difference between a 10-year-old cat and an active, inquisitive  kitten. If your pet is quiet, calm and/or less active, point that out. If you have an active cat, explain how you fulfill his/her exercise requirements and what cat toys are used during play times.

Give examples of your pet's good behavior.  If your cat has lived in other homes before temporarily and is accustomed to changes, be sure to say so. If you have more than one cat, let the foster home know how well your cats get along and keep each other company while you are away. If your cat uses a scratching post, say so and make sure to note that your cat is litterbox trained.

Explain any bathing or grooming requirements, including frequency of claw clipping and grooming, and shampoos used.

Describe any behavioural quirks, difficulties with certain situations (the vet, other animals, thunder storms, etc). The foster home needs to know what to expect for them to be a "good fit" for your cat.

In addition to your cat's resume, you may also want to provide addresses of your cat's usual groomer and a picture of your cat.

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