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The state and territory member Societies provide services to animals in need through their shelters and inspectorates. In the national office, RSPCA Australia works to influence animal welfare policy, practice and legislation across the country
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The RSPCA advocates for the welfare of animals across a number of industries, issues and platforms. Help from our supporters is important to progress change. Working together is key.
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Whether you're an individual or a business, there are multiple ways you can support the RSPCA
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By choosing adoption, you’ll not only have the chance to make a friend for life, but you’ll be giving an animal a second chance and helping support the RSPCA.
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Adopting a cat or kitten

Choosing to adopt a cat or kitten is an exciting time. However, there are many things to consider before adopting a pet to help ensure you’re able to properly provide the right care and attention to your cat or kitten.

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The adoption process

Matching the right people to the right cat is important to us at the RSPCA. Take your time to think about what type of cat you are after, and what type of cat is right for you and your family.

Owning a cat is a great experience as they are excellent companions. Cats have specific needs and require lots of care and affection from their people. Before you adopt a cat, please ensure that you have thought carefully about what cat ownership entails and whether you can meet a cat's physical and mental needs.

By visiting the RSPCA, you can see all the cats and kittens that we have available for adoption. Our staff will be able to offer advice on the particular cat that you have chosen. It is important to note any recommendations that staff make in regard to a particular cat's suitability to different home environments, such as those with small children and/or other resident cats. Above all else, our interest is in the welfare of the cat and making sure that they find a loving home.

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Selecting your cat or kitten

When it comes to selecting a cat or kitten, take your time to think about what type of cat you are after, and what type of pet is right for you and your family.

An RSPCA shelter is a fantastic place to start your search. You will find animals available for adoption who are medically and behaviourally sound; most are perfectly healthy and sociable, and are simply waiting for a new home and a loving family. Please think about your next family member coming from the RSPCA.

If you're unable to find the right cat for you at the RSPCA or other reputable animal shelter, check out some tips in our Smart Kitten and Cat Buyer's Guide.

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Caring for your cat or kitten

Bringing a new cat or kitten home is a wonderful experience. It is very important that you take the time to help your new family member feel safe and comfortable in their new surroundings, so the whole family can enjoy this new relationship.

It is important to remember that cats require lots of care and affection from their people.

The RSPCA recommends that owned cats should be kept safe and happy at home, ideally all of the time to protect them from the dangers of roaming. 

For information on how to care for your new cat, check out the RSPCA Knowledgebase.

Keeping your cat safe and happy at home

Did you know that your cat can live a perfectly happy and safe life when kept contained to your property, if provided with everything that they need?

Did you know that your cat can live a perfectly happy and safe life when kept contained to your property, if provided with everything that they need?

To find out more about how to keep your cat at home and meet their needs - as well as some tips to understand your feline friend a little better - visit our Safe and Happy Cats resource.

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RSPCA Pet Insurance

Award-winning Pet Insurance for your furry family members

Like any member of your family, your pet can unfortunately and unexpectedly become ill or suffer an accident. Even expenses for annual routine care like vaccinations, teeth cleaning and flea, tick and worm control can come as quite a shock.

Imagine knowing your pet can be treated, but that it will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. With RSPCA Pet Insurance we may be able to assist with the cost of the very best veterinary treatment, which your pet deserves.

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