Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: Why should I adopt a cat from TLC?

A: We are the 2nd largest rescue next to our local SPCA. We adopt out over 1,500+ cats and kittens a year - last year we are proud to boast that we found furever homes for over 1,800 cats and kittens. By adopting a TLC cat, you are helping us achieve our mission of furthering, promoting and enhancing all cat life. 

By adopting a rescue cat, you are helping break the cycle of pet overpopulation and showing that these cats are just as valuable and lovable as a high-priced purebred. You also help diminish the market of backyard breeders looking to breed highly sought after cat breeds that often have health issues and complications due to the breeder's lack of knowledge and experience. 
All TLC cats come spayed/neutered/combo tested, micro chipped, fully vaccinated, and treated for fleas and worms! We ensure our cats and kittens are set up for success by placing them in households that best fit their personality. 


Q: How do I know which cat to adopt?

A: Good Question! We’ve found that choosing a cat is often more a matter of the heart than the head and thus why we always ask you to meet a cat before making a final commitment to ensure their personality and temperament is a good fit for you and your lifestyle.

Some people come to us with a list of characteristics they would like in a new pet (short hair, not too old, female vs. male, etc.) and end up falling in love with someone unexpected. The most important thing to consider in a cat is, again, its temperament and personality. Does it get along with other cats? With Dogs? Is it alright being alone during the day or does it always need company? Is it a lap cap or more of an independent soul? It is playful or more of a couch potato? All these questions are important when choosing your lifetime companion.

Luckily at Ten Lives Club, we’re very familiar with every cat’s personality and can guide you to a good match. Decide on what personality traits matter most to you and keep an open mind about everything else. True love works in mysterious ways...


Q: How do I adopt a TLC cat?

A: To adopt a TLC cat, follow these easy steps!

  1. Stop into any of our 12 Adoption Locations to meet our kitties or visit our Adoptable Cats page to look through pictures and information on all of our available cats.  
  2. Complete our Adoption Application
  3. One of our Adoption Coordinators will review you application and reach out to you once the application is approved. 
  4. Schedule a Meet & Greet with your assigned Adoption Coordinator. 
  5. Complete/Finalize the Adoption Paperwork. Here's what you will need:
  • A Valid Driver's License
  • A Cat Carrier (available for purchase at certain locations)
  • A form of payment to cover the Adoption Fee (we accept Card, Cash and Check!)

       6. Adopt the cat of your dreams!
       7. Establish a Primary Veterinarian for your cat. 


Q: How much are your adoption fees?

A: Our adoption fees vary depending on the cat/kitten and our fees are as follows:

  • Kittens (9 months and younger): $175 or 2 kittens for $300
  • Cats (10 months - 5 years): $85 or 2 for $150
  • Senior Cats (6+ years): $50 or 2 for $75
  • FIV+ Cats: $50 or 2 for $75


Q: If for some reason the adoption doesn't work out, can I return the cat to you?

A: Absolutely, yes! We want to ensure that we set our cats up for success and will always take TLC adopted cats back into our program if the adoption doesn't work out for whatever reason. We do ask that you allow the cat at least one month to settle into their new lifestyle. Should you have issues beyond that point, we will make arrangements for you to return the cat to our care and help match you with a cat that may be a better fit.


Q: Will two male cats get along?

A: That depends largely on the temperament of the cats and less on the gender of the cats. We have had success stories from a variety of gender combinations and feel that any gender combination can be successful given the temperaments of the cats in the household compliment each other.   


Q: Will two female cats get along?

A: That depends largely on the temperament of the cats and less on the gender of the cats. We have had success stories from a variety of gender combinations and feel that any gender combination can be successful given the temperaments of the cats in the household compliment each other.  


Q: What is the best gender combination of cats?

A: There is no science to knowing! This depends on the temperaments of the cats and less on the gender. We have had success stories from a variety of gender combinations and feel that any gender combination can be successful given the temperaments of the cats in the household compliment each other.


Q: How long should I expect my new cat to adjust to it's new life?

A: There is not one correct answer as all cats are different and can take different lengths of time to settle in. Typically, we recommend you give your new cat at least 4 weeks to get acquainted with their new schedule, new guardians and new surroundings. Everything is quite new to your new pet and it is best to be patient with you pet until they feel comfortable enough in their own home.


Q: Where do your cats come from?

A: Our cats come for a variety of different place. A majority of our cats come to us as strays as these cases are our priority. Stray cats come from all over Western New York. We also will accept personally owned cats, space permitting, as these situations are not our first priority. Often times, we will receive transports of cats coming in from out-of-state from overcrowded or high-kill shelters.


Q: What does FIV+ mean?

A: FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus which effects members of the feline family and is detected through a simple blood test. FIV is not scary and is not transmittable to humans. FIV can only be transmitted from cat to cat and usually occurs when an FIV+ cat bites a non-FIV cat. Even if a cat is tested positive for FIV, many cats can live apparently healthy, symptom free lives for many years - in many ways, they are just like any other cat!

Ten Lives Club suggests that owners of FIV+ cats have semi-annual vet checks to ensure that the symptoms are managed. There are many over-the-counter and prescription items that can boost your cat’s immune system. Please consult with your veterinarian about what supplement would be best for your FIV cat.


Q: Will my newly adopted cat be litter trained?

A: Most cats carry a natural instinct to use the litter box and typically have no issues with figuring out how to use. Kittens typically start using the litter box at about 3 - 4 weeks, and again, typically have a good idea of what to do and how to do their business. By the time they are adoption ready at about 12 weeks of age, they will have been using the litter box for a good while and should have no issues.

If you get your cat home and notice your cat urinating and defecating outside the litter box, this could be indicative of a medical issue such as a Urinary Tract Infection or potential stuvite bladder stones blocking the urinary tract. If this should occur, it is strongly recommended that you take your cat into your primary Veterinarian to rule out any medical reasons.  


Q: Do you ever get purebred cats?

A: Very Rarely, if ever. If we do receive purebred cats, it is strictly by chance. We also do not get very many mixed breed cats and again, is by chance if these cats enter into our program. We are unable to take requests from potential adopters for these types of cats as we cannot promise what will be accepted into our program. Our suggestion to potential adopters looking for these types of cats is to just make continual visits to any of our adoption locations or to check our website regularly.


Q: What should I do if I find a stray cat?

A: Please visit our Surrender page for more information.



Q: How often does a foster cat/kitten need to be brought in for check-ups?

A: Foster parent volunteers need to transport animals to TLC's Main Shelter in Blasdell, NY on a regular basis for vaccinations, vet checks, weight checks, and spay/neuter surgeries and ask that potential Foster Care Guardians have a reliable means of transportation. Vaccination appointments and weigh-ins for kittens are scheduled every 3-4 weeks. Veterinarian appointments are scheduled as needed for each animal and appointments are scheduled by our Foster Care Director.


Q: What if I am unavailable to foster an animal when you call?

A: We will simply call another foster family. We want to make sure you feel like you'll be able to give the time necessary so do not want to pressure you into taking an animal. You can foster as much or as little as you want. If you can't foster this time around, we'll simply reach out the next time around or when you are next available. 


Q: Do I need to keep foster animals separate from my pets?

A: Foster Animals should be isolated for your own personal pets for the health and safety of both the foster animal(s) and your own pets. A separate room or enclosed area, ideally with no carpet, often works best.


Q: Will TLC treat my pet if he is injured or becomes sick because of my foster?

A: TLC is not able to incur the cost of treatment and care for personal pets. If your personal pet becomes sick or injured due to interactions with a TLC foster animal, you will be responsible for the medical care and treatment required. TLC can only cover the cost of cats/kittens in the TLC Program. This is why we recommend it best to keep fosters and personal pets separated. 


Q: I love the idea of being a foster parent, but I'm worried about how I'll feel when it's time for the animal to be brought back to the shelter for adoption.

A: It can be difficult to let go once you have become emotionally attached to a foster animal. Be prepared for tears and some heartache when you bring your foster animals back to TLC, but know that you play a very vital and crucial part in this animal's life by helping them get healthy and well and finding the permanent, loving homes they deserve.


Q: What if a friend or family member wants to adopt my foster?

A: We appreciate all your help in finding these cats/kittens find homes. Please keep in mind however, that the animals will not be available until their medical work, including spay or neuter surgery, is completed and they are signed off on as "Ready for Adoption" by our on-site veterinarian. Please refer interested adopters to the TLC Adoption Application to start the adoption process.


Q: What if I want to adopt my own foster?

This can happen when foster parents fall in love with their foster babies. If you wish to adopt a foster animal, please call our Foster Care Director at (716) 646-5577 ext. 103 (medical extension) or fill out the Adoption Application to start the process. Having foster homes iare crucial for saving lives, so we ask foster parents to consider how adopting a foster may affect their ability to continue fostering other animals in the future. 



Q: When should I take my cat to the vet?

A: It is important to ensure your pet is getting annual physicals and vaccination updates to allow the cat to live a long, healthy life. Once you adopt a cat, Ten Lives Club will provide you with a Blue Certificate provided by the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society which will cover the cost of an examination at a number of different Vet practices. This certificate should be used within 10 days of your adoption date to establish a patient relationship with your pet and the vet practice of your choosing. Please note that this blue certificate only covers the examination. Any vaccinations, medication or diagnostic procedure that may be required beyond the exam will be the responsibility of the owner. 


Q: What should I do if my pet becomes ill after adoption?

A: Should your cat become ill within the first 30 days of bringing your pet into your household, please call Ten Lives Club at (716) 646-5577 ext. 103 (Medical Extension) to talk to one of our Vet Staff representatives to schedule an appointment to come in for a check up. Please note that if you choose to take your cat to a private vet practice, TLC is not responsible for reimbursement of the services rendered. After the 30 day window, we will ask that you take your new cat/kitten to your own private veterinary clinic/hospital. 


Q: What symptoms should I look for?

A: Becoming familiar with the signs of normal health helps you notice any changes that could signal illness or injury. If you notice any abnormalities, contact your primary veterinarian immediately:

  • Eyes: should be clear and bright with no red or yellow discoloration, tearing or cloudiness. If discharge collects in the corners of her eyes, clean them with a cotton ball moistened with warm water.
  • Ears: should be free of discharge and odor. Have your vet show you how to routinely clean you pet's ears with cotton balls (not cotton swabs) moistened with water.
  • Mouth: Healthy gums are pink, with no redness or swelling at the tooth margins. Teeth should be free of tartar build-up and shouldn’t have bad breath.
  • Nose: Your cat’s nose should be clean and free of any discharge.
  • Skin & Coat: Her skin and coat should be free of lumps, tumors, fleas and ticks. A normal coat is smooth, thick and shiny, free of greasiness, dandruff and bare patches.
  • Legs: Check your cat for swollen joints and inspect feet between the toes for excess hair, objects lodged there and the condition of the cat’s nails.
  • Other Symptoms any excessive vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or sneezing. Excessive itching and scratching. Feels warm to the touch or seems to have a temperature. Lethargy, etc. 

You are the best judge of whether or not you feel your cat is acting well or sick. Should you have any concerns, please call our Medical staff within the first 30 days, or contact your private Veterinarian service. 


Q: I do not currently have a vet, what should i do?

A: If you just adopted a cat from us, use your blue Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society certificate to establish yourself at a regular, private practice Veterinary clinic/hospital. This certificate is accepted at over 65 Veterinary practices around Buffalo and the surrounding areas.