FAQs
Can I meet the cats?

We wish we could give everyone a chance to meet all the beautiful cats. Since we are a foster-based organization, our 100+ rescues stay in private foster homes. You help reduce stress on the cats by …

Can I return a cat?

Every adopter gets a 1-week trial before confirming the adoption. However, if you return the cat after 7 days ...

Do you have the cat/kitten/breed I want?

It's easy to know - just check our menu's Search box by breed or name. (It's much quicker and easier than waiting for a volunteer's reply.) Or ...

Why does it say I have to adopt two kittens?

For the reasons below, it is essential for young kittens' development to have a playmate. There are rare exceptions ...

What is FCoV, Feline Coronavirus? Can humans get it?

Feline Coronavirus, or FCoV, is common to 60% of cats. Humans cannot get it …

Why do some cats have one ear clipped?

A clipped ear tells Pest Control that an animal is neutered or spayed, and should not be removed.

Help! I saw a stray that needs care.

Good for your for wanting to rescue a stray! Although we don't have the resources to help with the hundreds of requests we get, you can …

What does FIV+ mean?

FIV-positive cats have lower immunity than others. Regular vet checkups are a must ...

What do I need to bring to my adoption appointment?

You will need these things:
1. Your Emirates ID. 2. The adoption fee in CASH 3. Pet ...

What is included in the adoption fee?

The adoption "fee" pays back rescuers for these 9 groups of costs the volunteers already spent with their own money;
1. A full health check-up and …

Do you have kittens?

We always have kittens! However, kittens can be very difficult, so preference goes to specific types of homes. See kittens here: https://www.ninelives.ae/adopt-a-kitten-in-dubai

Can I reserve a pet?

No reservations on pets are accepted.

I'm not sure if I'm allergic to cats, but I want one.

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about what causes allergies to cats. Here are tips …

Why must the cats be indoors-only in the UAE?

Cities in the UAE are not like those in many expats' home countries, where it is safe for housecats to roam …

Is there an income requirement?

We often learn that our rescues were dumped by families that lost a job and could not afford to fly ...

Help! Can you take my pet? I can't keep her.

If only we could help everyone! Unfortunately, we do not operate a shelter. Here are ...

Why are enclosed balconies for cats a concern? Cats are good at jumping!

Any vet in the UAE will tell you from painful experience: Cats cannot fly. Actually ...

What requirements must I meet to adopt?

There are 8 basic requirements:
1. Minimum age—21 or older.
2. Commitment—15-20 years …

Why is it so important to spay and neuter pets?

Spaying and neutering (to de-sex or sterilize) helps your cat live a longer life! It reduces cancer rates, bad smells and ...

What if I have pets at home already?

You will need to bring the passport of each cat you already have to show proof of vaccinations and tests. (We are happy to help …

Is there a housing requirement to adopt a cat or kitten?

If you are adopting a cat, you must not be away for long periods or living in shared or "bachelor" housing …

Why is it so important not to leave a cat alone a lot?

All of our cats are fully domesticated and need human interaction. Leaving a pet cat unattended …

My kitten just bit or scratched me by accident. What should I do?

Bites from mature pet cats don't happen often, but younger cats can often bite by accident, not understanding how sharp their teeth are. This is more common with kittens that were raised alone, or whose owners play-wrestled ...

I am under 21. Can I adopt a pet?

Only the parents of adopters under 21 can adopt the pet.