Working Cat FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Who are these Working Cats?
How much does it cost to adopt a Working Cat?
Adopting a Working Cat is completely free. We only ask for you to provide the necessary supplies to continue to care for the kitty for the remainder of its life. Working Cats come fixed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Any donations you want to make to help us support the work we do would be appreciated!
What is the process for adopting a Working Cat?
What do I need to provide for the cats?
Can I adopt just one?
We have found that Working Cats do better when adopted with at least one other Working Cat. A new environment can often be scary so having a buddy to hang out with makes transitioning into a new home much easier! A WC specialist will suggest a number of cats based on your properly size, distance we have to travel, and extent of rodent problem.
Can I select the cats I want?
We can try to accomodate gender, age and color as best we can, however, the cats selected for this program are some the kitties that need to be saved right away so we may not always be able to fulfill requests. Working Cats are generally between 6 months to 3 years of age - at the age where they will be most effective at their mousing job.
Do Working Cats get along with dogs?
We have had successful Working Cat placements in homes/businesses that have dogs. Kitty Bungalow is staffed with employees with a background in dog training. We are happy to assess your individual situation and make recommendations!
Who is responsible for the aftercare?
Once placed, adopters are responsible for any aftercare necessary. Usually, it’s little to none. Cats come fixed, chipped, vaccinated and given flea preventatives so there is no immediate need for any kind of veterinary care. Working Cats can live for years without the need for subsequent medical treatment. However, if any of your Working Cats becomes injured, we can help with loaning you a trap to take them to a vet. Your vet will be able to make recommendations on the best treatment for your Working Cat.
What is “green” or “eco-friendly” about the Working Cat program?
But I live in an area with coyotes. Will that be a problem?
We understand that this is a sensitive subject. Working Cats are feral cats from the mean streets of Los Angeles that made their way into an animal shelter. These cats are used to urban dangers such as vehicles, dogs, and people. They have learned to avoid such dangers by finding places to hide-out. The more time the feral cat has spent on the streets, the better it has learned to survive and stay safe. We also work with adopters to find ways to mitigate the coyote issue such as providing year round, predator-proof enclosures. Remember, these cats are ferals that won’t make it out of shelters unless placed in Working Cat situations. Adopting them gives them a second chance at life and allows them to live out the remainder of their days in relative peace and comfort.
I want to adopt working cats. Can I see the cats you have available?
As mentioned above, Working Cats are pull from LA city shelters, thus not in our care. We work with LA city shelter staff to select cats at greatest risk. The population of cats changes from day to day so there is no way for us to show adopters the cats available. If available, we can try to accomodate gender and color but we make no guarantees that you will receive the cat with the characteristics you want.
I have cats that I think will be great for Working Cat. Can you take them?
- Have the cats fixed, treated for fleas, and vaccinated.
- Reach out to friends and neighbors to see if they will take over the care of the cats.
- If the reason you are wanting to relocate the cat is because of the behavior of neighbors, consider educating them on why cats are beneficial and ALWAYS be sure to TNR. If someone is commiting animal cruelty, please gather evidence and contact spcaLA's Animal Cruelty Tipline.
- If you must relocate, try contacting local barns, wineries, equestrian centers, community gardens and friends/family to see if any are in need of a mouser cat.
What do you mean by "escape proof-enclosure"?
An escape proof enclosure can be a shed, garage, greenhouse, wire crate, chicken-coop, etc. Anything that will provide the cats with an area for sleeping, and to place food/water dishes and a litter box. The enclosure must also protect the cats from the elements and not get too hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Additionally, any gaps larger than about 1.5 inches must be sealed since a determined Working Cat can easily escape via any gaps in the fencing/wall of the enclosure. Below are some samples of Working Cat enclosures that will work. You can purchase an extra large crate (good for up to 3 cats), by clicking HERE or a tower catio by clicking HERE.