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Adopting a Stray Cat

Have you been considering adopting a stray? Perhaps you’ve noticed a cute kitty hanging out near your home. Maybe you’ve already started feeding Fluffy, and become attached to her. You certainly wouldn’t be the first person to take in a homeless furball. In fact, many beloved pet cats were once strays. Read on for some tips from a Webster, NY vet on adopting a stray cat.

Consider Fluffy’s Purrsonality

Many stray cats were former pets, and have been around humans before. Strays can be quite friendly, even if they are a bit timid. Feral cats, however, are completely wild, and may not adjust well to being pets. If Fluffy hisses or scratches, she may not make a good pet. However, she may make a great barn kitty. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Visit the Doctor

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fluffy to the vet. If your feline buddy hasn’t been fixed yet, you’ll need to get that done. She’ll also need to be examined, microchipped, and brought current on her vaccines and parasite control.

Separation

If you have other pets, keep them away from your new kitty at first. Don’t let them—or your children—interact with Fluffy until your vet has given the all-clear. When the time comes, make introductions slowly and carefully. Supervise all interactions, especially for the first few weeks.

Keep Kitty In

We always recommend keeping cats indoors. This may be challenging at first. However, many strays eventually realize that being a housecat is a pretty sweet deal. Over time, Fluffy may lose all desire to go outdoors!

Play

Play with your cat daily, using a toy you control. This is a good way for Fluffy to burn off any excess energy. It will also provide her with entertainment and stimulation, as well as strengthen the bond between you.

Start Slow

When you bring your feline pal inside, put her in a quiet room with food, toys, treats, and bedding, and let her settle in. Don’t force attention on her. Instead, slowly build her trust by talking to her and offering toys, treats, and catnip. It’s also important to let Fluffy come to you. With love, care, and patience, you’ll have that little motor going in no time!

Please contact us, your Webster, NY local vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great veterinary care!

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