How To Take In A Stray Cat
How to Take in a Stray Cat
Cats are a solitary animal. They like independence. If you want to take in a stray cat, the cat will be very scared. You need to know what to do and how to do it well.
Making Sure the Cat Is Actually a Stray
Make sure the cat you've found is a stray for sure.Take the cat to a vet and ask them if there is a microchip in the cat. The vet will be able to tell if someone owns the cat if a microchip exists. The vet may also have notices of any missing cats you can check.
- If the microchip doesn't exist or the owner cannot be traced this way: Leave a message on online sites that help people find lost cats. Take a digital photo and upload it, along with a short message about where and when you found the cat and any distinguishing markings. Auctions sites, animal welfare organization sites and even Twitter and Facebook can be great places to use for finding an owner.
Consider that the cat is a stray if you haven't found the owner within a few weeks.In the meantime, care for the cat as you'd care for your own. If the cat does not have an owner, you will be able to adopt it.
Ask the vet to do a thorough check-up for fleas, worms, disease and injuries.Get everything treated before keeping the cat.
- Ask the vet about the cat's temperament. The vet will be a good source of advice as to whether or not a crotchety cat will be likely to calm down enough to be kept by you safely.
Kitting Out for the New Kitty
Get the needed supplies.Once you bring the stray cat home, get some supplies. All you need is a food and water bowl, a scratching post and litter box (and litter material).
Leave your new cat alone at first.Choose a safe, small area that can be closed off. Choose a place that has nothing precarious that could fall on the cat and avoid any rooms with too many hiding spots, or you may never find the cat again.
Set out some food and water.The cat will come out and eat it when it is good and ready.
Talk when you enter the room and leave new food.When your cat gets braver, it will start to associate your voice with good things. In time, the cat will not hide anymore but will likely be curious about you and come forth a little more each time.
Take your stray cat to the vet frequently for checkups.Being a stray, you cannot be sure what your cat has been exposed to in the past, so regular checkups are important.
Be Open to the Cat's Choice
Be flexible about the cat's choice of favorite person in its new household.Strays tend to get attached to one person, not everybody. Most likely, that will be you because you're feeding it and caring for it directly. Don't be surprised if the cat runs off when introduced to new people, including household members. Give the cat plenty of time to get used to everyone. In some cases, the cat will never be happy with anyone but you, but may tolerate others from a distance. It depends on the cat's prior experiences and how other people react around it.
Take it slowly.It will be a while before the cat feels comfortable in your home. It will take even longer if you have other pets and/or loud, noisy householders. Patience is a virtue when it comes to reassuring a scaredy cat.
Offer treats straight from your hand.This can build a touch and smell bond between both of you, plus it's a good reminder for the cat that you equal yummy food.
Play with the cat often.Play in a respectful manner, noticing when the play is scaring or annoying the cat, and backing off. Follow the cat's cues, not what you wish the cat would do.
Talk to the cat all the time you're around it.This will build trust in your voice and helps the cat to listen for you if it gets into any bother, knowing that you're trustworthy.
QuestionWhat if my parents don't let the cat come into the house?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou will need to listen to your parents. They may not want the cat in for reasons such as the possibility of vermin, disease or injury to you or the cat. Perhaps they don't like cats. You can try talking to them about it and showing them this page on how to rehabilitate a stray cat, to see if it changes their mind. If not, consider making the cat a home in your yard, if the vet has seen the cat and said it's okay to keep it.Thanks!
QuestionMy stray is fearful of my other cats and they attack him when I am not in the room. I kept him isolated so they do not hurt him when I am not home. How can I get them to get along?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionI have food out there for a stray and some water. What else should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake a shelter for it.Thanks!
QuestionIs it good to have a stray cat in an apartment?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your cat has been thoroughly checked by a vet and you're certain that nobody owns the cat, then you can consider keeping it. The cat may find it hard to deal with being kept indoors in an apartment if it has been used to living outdoors. You will need to ensure that it has plenty of room to run about, things to climb up on and high sleeping areas. Check out online images for suitable apartment styles for keeping cats happy to see what you can make use of. In time, the cat will get used to it if it's happy with you.Thanks!
QuestionI found a cat and her kittens under my porch. Should I also take the kittens into the vet? I'm just worried it'll be costly for all 5 kittens.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe weather is an important factor in this. If it is warm, but not too hot, and the kittens are not dehydrated or emaciated, then they will probably be fine, but they could have ticks or fleas, which would be problematic for their health. Ask your vet if he'll discount looking at them, since they're strays and you're doing a good deed looking after them.Thanks!
QuestionI have a feral cat in my shower with food, water, a small litter box, and a blanket for her to lay on. The door on the shower is clear and my pet cat takes an extreme liking to the stray. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWell, as you know feral/stray cats can be quite aggressive. But it is possible that she has already been spayed meaning she won't be as aggressive. If you can I would recommend bringing her to your vet to check her out for fleas, worms, and if she has been spayed. If she does have a tattoo in her ear that means she probably has been checked before. But I would still recommend checking her out. If your cat likes her once you get her checked introduce them between a door. Then gradually let them meet each other by keeping the door open slightly. If she seems to not like your cat that's okay, keep introducing them to slowly get her used to your cat. Hopefully, from there she'll be comfortable!Thanks!
QuestionMy Siamese cat is a girl and so is my stray cat. My Siamese does not like the stray cat even after a month of introducing them. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGive the cats some more time. Don't pressure them to go near each and don't feed them near each other. Have separate litter boxes and don't give all the attention to one cat.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I build a shelter for a stray?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBuilding a shelter for a stray can vary from being a case of putting a few items together to a full on project. For the easiest, no build cat house, use a box with no lid on its side with necessities inside. If you want, you can get a box with a lid and carve out a swinging “cat flap” or a door. You can also use a wooden or plastic box so that the rain will not harm it.Thanks!
QuestionCan the stray cat get used to a name?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMost likely, yes, with a little patience and training. Check out this article on How to .Thanks!
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