People for Cats is still officially closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At People for Cats, our primary focus is to do what is best for the cats, and one very important thing we can do for cats who come in to the shelter together and are bonded is to keep them together when they are adopted.
Most animals in the cat family except for our domestic cats have the reputation of being loners, and, apart from lions, most cat species live solitary lives. Even feral female cats generally live in colonies and might raise their kittens together and guard their group from intruders (feline and otherwise). Their lives are, in fact, not dissimilar to those of lions in a pride, except that they do not cooperate in hunting.
Whether feral or socialized, cats raised together or who live together form close attachments. They might groom each other, sleep together and show distress when the other cat isn’t around. We refer to this as bonding. Cats not only bond with each other but also form similar attachments to people and other pets in the household.
Not all cats that live together are bonded. Our volunteers determine whether cats that arrive in pairs are truly bonded or can be adopted individually. When cats are surrendered, it’s important to remember they are losing nearly everything they know: their homes, their families and even their favorite blanket. They can’t understand what is happening and are often upset when they arrive. If two cats arrive together, they may often comfort each other while dealing with the changes in their lives.
It’s obvious that being adopted together benefits bonded cats, but the advantages to the people who choose to give them a home are also considerable. Bonded cats will adjust to their new home more quickly if they are adopted with their best friend. If bonded cats are frequently left alone, they entertain each other, whereas a single cat might resort to unacceptable behavior because it’s bored. Above all, people who adopt bonded pairs know they are giving a second chance to two best friends forever.
We have a very sweet and social bonded pair of siblings named Timmy and Tina. Both cats have brown tabby with white coat patterns, but that’s where the similarities end. Timmy’s coat has a mackerel tabby pattern of dark stripes and dashes, while Tina’s coat has a classic tabby pattern of a dark bulls-eye swirl on her side. She also has a cute brown smudge on her nose and muzzle. They both are outgoing, affectionate and interactive cats, loving all the attention you give them. As several of our volunteers have discovered, Timmy loves to get up on your back to go for a ride. Tina is a bit more reserved, but she is also a complete love bug. These two will definitely have to be adopted together and will make excellent feline companions for some lucky family.
Also at the shelter is a very shy little girl named Sheba, but she is not yet ready to be adopted.
We have recently been conducting a few contact-free adoptions by appointment. Cats available for adoption are advertised on Facebook and Petfinder, and prospective adopters should contact us via Petfinder or leave a message for Barbara on our hotline. After a telephone interview, if it looks like a good match, an appointment is made to view the cat outside the shelter and potentially adopt it.
The PFC shelter is located at 44 Beagle Lane, Teaticket, MA. Our mailing address is PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.
If you need to get in touch with us, call our hotline at 508-540-5654. Press #0 if you have cat-related issues or questions or are interested in volunteering. Press #2 if you need financial assistance for veterinary care or spay/neuter assistance. Please call 617-645-4019 (rather than press #3) if you must surrender a cat or kitten. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.