It can be heartbreaking to see a stray cat wandering around outside by itself. The cat may have been on the streets since it was born or it could have had a previous owner. If there is a stray cat that you would like to take into your home, here are a few things you may want to consider first.
Before taking the cat into your home, consider whether or not this cat may already have an owner. The cat may have escaped from the owner’s house and could be lost. You may want to check Craigslist.com or your local newspaper in the lost and found section to see if anyone has a cat missing that fits the description of the cat you are looking to take in.
If you have other cats in your home, you may want to be cautious about taking in a stray cat. A stray cat may have an illness or a disease that could be contagious to your other cats. Before the taking the stray cat in and introducing it to your other cats, it would be better to take the cat to a veterinarian or local animal shelter to have it examined and checked out for any health problems.
Stray cats can carry fleas. Check the cat’s coat and ears for any fleas or bite marks. Before taking in the cat, you may want to put a flea collar on the cat in case it does have fleas. If you see fleas or suspect that there are fleas on the cat, you may want to give the cat a flea bath. Flea bath solutions can be purchased at pet stores or you could bring the cat to a veterinarian who will do the flea dip or bath in the office. Fleas may be hard to get rid of when they enter your home, so be careful when handling a cat with fleas.
A stray cat who has been on the streets for a long time, may be afraid of humans or of being in a house. If you are taking the cat in, you may want to confine the cat to one area of the house so that it is not overwhelmed by the new environment. Also, if you have other cats, it may be best to separate them for a little while before introducing them.
Since the cat has been outside, you do not know how the cat’s behavior will be once it is in your house. It may end up getting scared, flipping out and it could scratch or bite you or your other pets. It is normal for a stray cat to be scared while it is getting used to being inside a new place. Be careful when handling the cat, you may want to use gloves or throw a blanket or towel over the cat to pick it up.
Another thing to consider is that a stray cat may not have been spayed or neutered. If this is the case, the cat could end up spraying in your house. Some female cats who have not been spayed may have a period and bleed and they might also let out a loud cry or meow while they are in heat. Also, you could be taking in a female cat that could already be pregnant.
This article is not intended to discourage anyone from taking in a stray cat. It is to help prevent any problems that may occur when taking a stray cat into your home, as I have seen problems occur with other people who have let stray cats into their home. I have let stray cats into my home. However, before taking the cats in, I took them to a veterinarian first to have them examined for any diseases or fleas. Also, a veterinarian will usually be able to tell you the approximate age of the cat in case you would like to know how old the cat is. If you can not afford a veterinarian, you may want to call a local animal shelter and explain your situation.