Will adopting a cat cost money?

Are animal shelter cats too expensive?

In addition to the thousands of older, sick animals in our animal shelters that can hardly be transferred, thousands of kittens regularly come. Orphaned, found, saved. But also surrendered because "they" wanted to have young animals, which then found no buyers.

Many shy away from going to the animal shelter in search of a new cat - on the grounds that the nominal fee and the admission requirements are far too high. But this opinion is taken prematurely!

Thousands of kittens end up in the shelter

Animal shelters are looking for animal lovers who want to give one, or better two, of the stray cats a new home. Most owners of planned young animals want that too. In the classifieds papers the "animal market" swells regularly, especially in spring and early summer, "adorable kittens" are placed "only in good hands", are available for collection, are looking for "a good place".

The supply far exceeds the demand. And it is getting tight for the intermediaries: Most interested parties want a young animal. The older the cats get, the more drastically their chances of finding a place decrease.

Interested parties surprised by the nominal fee

A surprise awaits many first-time interested parties at the animal shelter who want to take at least one of their problem children away from the animal shelter: First they have to get one exact questioning undergo, then they will be one Nominal charge presents, after all, you still have to sign that one Pre- or post-inspection can take place. Unfortunately, this still puts off many interested parties when looking for a cat.

7 reasons for the nominal fee in the animal shelter

But the nominal fee that is due when adopting a cat in the animal shelter is important and sensible. It is around 100 euros for a cat and should not deter animal lovers from going to the animal shelter.

  • Shelters don't want to give away cats that brought on a whim and is brought back after a few weeks.
  • Every animal in the home costs money every day. Shelters need every penny to get that current costs cover up.
  • The new cat owner saves the basic vaccination, the check at the vet, identification by chip and registration and, for older animals, also castration.
  • Questioning, follow-up permission and monetary demands are required to deter laboratory animal dealers, middlemen (who subsequently sell the animal) and fur dealers.
  • The gift cat from private or from the farm is much more expensive in the long term because it is very likely to be unvaccinated, unmarked or neutered. Also, you cannot be sure whether the cat is healthy and has been checked by a veterinarian.
  • The new owner gets to the animal too detailed advice and can contact the shelter at any time with questions.
  • Those who refuse to pay money, provide information about themselves and welcome the inspector may not care too much about the animal.

Anyone who decides to take in a cat must be aware that the animal running costs will cause. Acquisition costs for the initial setup, regular examinations and treatments at the vet, feed - only those who are sure that they can cope with this financial burden for years should opt for a cat as a pet.