Have you ever thought about who will look after your cats if you pass away? It’s one of those things we often put off thinking about. None of us really wants to imagine how life will go on for our pets if something happens to us, yet many animals, every week, face an uncertain future, or might end up living with people who have ‘inherited,’ them, but aren’t animal people.
I used to worry about my own animals and what would happen to them if i got seriously ill and died. It’s difficult to imagine anyone else caring about our pets, yet often, other family members just don’t feel the way we do about pets. That means our cherished four legged family members could be given away to anyone that says they’ll take them, or the door could just be left open to let them out and never let them back in again.
Sometimes, family members who don’t want the responsibility of inherited pets, but might try to rehome themselves by advertising on websites, email lists etc, in fact, anywhere for non pet lovers to pass our cherished family members onto someone else, and those aren’t safe rehoming methods.
Future care for our pets isn’t something we should shy away from. They are very difficult conversations to have with friends and family, but if we have animals, they are conversations we really do need to start.
If you don’t have family and friends you are comfortable would step up for your animals, or perhaps they don’t want the responsibility for your cat/s, there is another option.
If you don’t aready know about it, the Cats Protection League run a scheme where if you pass away, they can help.
- The cats protection league will look after your cat until they find a safe, loving home for your pet.
- they will be looked after at a local branch or adoption centre until a new home is found.
Find out more information at the Cats Protection League website, and ask for more information on registering your pet.
When you sign up for more information on the website, the Cats Protection League, will send you a leaflet to explain what to do.
Once you decide to register you cat/s, you will be given instructions on how to include a provision in your will or a codicil, and provide you with the correct wording to use.
After registration, you will receive a Cat Guardian pack from the Cats Protection League, which will have information to let friends and family know that you have made arrangements for your cat, for if you pass away.