Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™ is inexpensive to implement and requires only a small space and a few everyday items of equipment. For reliable assessments, you may need to adjust the flow of cats through your shelter as described below.
Tip: Shelters who are most successful in implementing Feline-ality are those who worked through the logistics of the program before "going live" with it. Logistics included not only when and where to assess cats, but also details such as the locations where assessment supplies and completed assessment forms are stored.
When to Assess Cats
Cats must acclimate to the shelter for two to three days before their Feline-ality Assessment. Three days is ideal. Examine and
vaccinate cats at intake if possible so the cats are not disturbed once they
have settled into their holding cages.
Which Cats Should You Assess?
All healthy cats that can be handled and are at least nine months of age should be Feline-ality assessed after being allowed to acclimate to the shelter as described above.
Do not assess females in heat if it can be avoided. If you must assess them, be aware that the Feline-ality Assessment is less predictive for females in heat versus females out of heat. If the cat is still in the shelter after she has comes out of heat, you should assess her again.
All but the first assessment items will take place in the Novel Room.
A large plastic tub is ideal for storing assessment supplies in the assessment room. As basic as it sounds, we recommend that you assign all supplies specific storage spots and designated some to be responsible for the replenishing of supplies when needed.
You will be using the Feline-ality Assessments in the adoption process. Store the assessments where the adoption counselors can easily access them while with a client. Be sure to identify this space before implementing, and determine how the paperwork will move with the cat as he or she is made available for adoption.
Watch this short video to learn more about setting up your assessment room and the supplies you will need.