Ever heard that all rescue cats are feral? Can’t be tamed? Make bad pets?
Well, we can safely confirm its all catnip – and we’re here to myth-bust any and all rumours you may have heard about our whiskered friends.
We’ve even come up with proof, in the form of cute cat photos and some of our most successful adoption stories to date.
1. Rescue cats are all feral
Guilty of thinking rescue cats are completely feral? Think again. By nature, cats are sweet, loving and often-independent creatures just looking for a safe place to go about their business.
Most of the rescue cats that come through the doors of RSPCA South Australia are successfully and very happily rehomed, giving them the chance to live out their days care-free.
Myth busted: Stray cat Polly and her gorgeous baby, Sam
Bought into RSPCA South Australia as strays, Polly and her 2-week-old baby Sam were ravenous and in dire need of care. After a few weeks of recovery, the duo was sent to kind-hearted foster carer, Rebecca, until they were ready for adoption – only they never made it to their adoption date.
Polly and Sam so effectively stole their foster mum’s heart that Rebecca couldn’t bear to see them go. Adopted and now making their new house a home, Sam and Polly are proof that stray cats make the best pets.
2. Rescue cats are standoffish and aggressive
A fairly common misconception that rescue cats can’t seem to shake, or scratch, is that they are standoffish or hostile. Again, another untruth that seems to follow rescue cats around like shadows.
Most rescue cats are affection-hungry monsters, whose appetite for cuddles can only be appeased by copious amounts of belly rubs.
While this is not a universal rule and some cats are independent, shy creatures, they do all just want to be loved. It’s all about getting to know the cat, finding out how they like to be shown love, and then responding accordingly.
Myth busted: Chilli, the love-hungry rescue cat
Below you can see rescue cat Chilli displaying some seriously aggressive and concerning behaviour, not at all cuddly and not at all in love with his mummy … ha!
Our favourite little battler, Chilli came into RSPCA Lonsdale with a serious leg injury as a 12-week-old stray. Extensive x-rays revealed that Chilli’s leg couldn’t be saved.
His tripod frame made no difference to his new mum Kym, who soon adopted him and has never looked back.
“He’s settled right in like he’s been here forever, a bunch of snuggly mischief with the loudest purr ever!” she told us.
3. Rescue cats are really shy and scared of people
Apparently rescue cats are shy and scared? News to us! A huge number of our wonderful cats and kittens are simply longing for love.
Like us humans, some cats can be a little hesitant when meeting new people and entering new environments, so give them time and space to acclimatise. Most cats are innately social creatures and will soon be your best buddy.
Myth busted: Meet Hugo, the rescue cat showing the world who’s boss
Adventurous little Hugo is providing us with some pretty compelling proof that rescue cats aren’t scared, shy or damaged goods, and that dogs aren’t the only ones who can rock a lead.
This little guy was adopted from our Lonsdale shelter in early 2017 and taken home by the Drazil family, who are now completely enamoured by the little guy.
“Adopting our fur baby has been the best decision we could have made. He has really made our house a home – we could not be more in love with each other!”
4. Rescue cats are all moggies
Despite the rumours, not all rescue cats are mixed breeds. While it is common to find (adorable!) moggies in rescue centres, purebred cats do occassionally come through our doors, too.
Having said that, we truly believe that all cats are equally deserving of a wonderful, safe home, regardless of their pedigree.
Myth busted: Persian brothers, Harry and Alfie
Brothers Alfie and Harry found themselves looking for a new home at RSPCA Lonsdale after their former owner sadly passed away. After a short shelter stay, the brothers went home with Gabby and Dave to begin their new lives.
Now featuring on their own Instagram page, @grumpycatinadelaide, these two grumpy cats are anything but! Their fur-dad Dave can’t get enough of his two newest additions.
“My wife and I are so glad we welcomed these two distinguished gentleman into our home,” he told us.
5. Rescue cats won’t love me like a kitten will
Under the impression that you must get a kitten, not an adult cat, for them to love you loyally for life? Na-uh.
As highly intelligent beings, cats who have lived tough as strays or endured abuse often seem to understand and appreciate the beauty of a loving home with food, water and shelter. Aside from basking in feline gratitude, there’s the personal rewards of knowing you are giving an older moggie a second chance at love. Awwwww…
The adoption option is always a winner, whatever way you look at it!
Myth busted: Cooper the trooper
Ragdoll Cooper isn’t just easy on the eyes, but a total affection monster too. Adopted by mum Tiffany and her partner, Coop now lives the dream life. Welcoming his parents home after a long day at work and keeping Tiffany’s lap warm is a full-time job for the adorable Cooper.
An adult cat when adopted, Coop slotted right into his new family without having to be potty trained. He also didn’t waste a minute before becoming best friends with the family’s other cat.
“He was not at all distant or detached from the family, he fit in perfectly and began projecting affection from minute one,” Tiffany told us.
6. Rescue cats don’t get on with other animals
Cats are naturally inquisitive and many are likely to extend a paw to a fellow fur-ball when given the choice.
Although some felines are shy, given the time and space, many will likely become steadfast pals and even best fur-buds with other animals.
Myth busted: Kenzo and Chloe, best buds for life
One-year old Chloe and 10-year-old Kenzo came from completely different walks of life, but both found themselves at RSPCA Lonsdale looking for their fur-ever homes.
The comfort of having a best friend to occupy the long hours, days, weeks and months at RSPCA Lonsdale was too alluring to resist. Soon the girls were so inseparable that RSPCA carers knew they had to be adopted as a package deal.
Proof is in the purr and these little soul mates have finally found a loving home with each other and their new parents, David and Gabby.
7. Rescue cats with health conditions don’t make good pets
Sadly, a number of the gorgeous animals that come into our care have health issues or disabilities that trigger red flag for potential parents. However, the truth about these special animals might surprise you!
Animals with disabilities are resilient and strong creatures, and often adapt to new circumstances better than we do. Their disabilities can be the result of abuse, neglect or even genetics, yet they can usually be managed with regular care, lots of love and a little patience.
Myth busted: Evie, the tough girl showing us all how it’s done
Eight-month-old Evie was found in a paddock in mid-2015 with serious injuries to her tail and, astonishingly, no eyes at all. As the result of her ordeal, Evie was left completely blind and with a short tail, but that didn’t stop warm-hearted Steve, Kerry, Jaidyn and Bailey from falling in love with her.
“Evie was surprising. I thought because she was blind that she would be more cautious, but she was full of spunk. Steve and I met her at her foster home and loved her on sight,” Kerry recalls.
Evie spends her days indoors, lavishing her owners with cuddles and exploring her home with much enthusiasm. Double aaaaaaw.
Have we got you convinced? Is a cat the missing jigsaw piece in your life?
We have an abundance of beautiful cats waiting for a loving homes at our three South Australian shelters. Head to our adoption pages to find yourself a best feline friend for life.