Should I give a stray cat water?
As you can imagine, it’s not easy for feral cats to find access to fresh water. Many end up drinking out of puddles or other stagnant pools of water, which can be filled with bacteria, parasites, and contaminants like motor oil. Keep a bowl of fresh water outside to keep your local kitties hydrated.
What to do if you find a feral cat or friendly stray?
Contact the shelter in the county where the cat was found, as well as neighboring counties if they are close by. Provide food, water, and shelter. Email SPCA NOVA at [email protected] to see if we can help. We give priority to friendly stray cats, especially if the cat is sick, malnourished, or injured.
Where can I find a home for a stray kitten?
There are many ways to find the stray kitten a home — check out bestfriends.org for a guide of best practices. Unless, of course, he or she is already home. Kittens are, after all, irresistible!
What to do if you find a stray cat without a chip?
In the case of not having a chip ask for the specialist’s advice so he or she can inform you on how to proceed in its care (what food to give it, how to bring it home, etc.) as you will most likely have to stay with it for a few hours or days until you can find its owner or a new home.
Why are stray cats hanging around my house?
It may be that the stray has been lost or abandoned. They are typically used to human contact and will therefore be friendlier than feral cats, who, as they have been born and raised in the wild, have had little to no contact with humans. If you notice a cat hanging about your home, it is likely that it is a stray looking for food.
What to do if you find a stray cat?
Before wanting to save it from the streets it is important to establish whether it is actually a feral cat or, on the contrary, it is a domestic cat as in the first case the cat will surely have a family and be part of a feline colony while the other will probably ask for help and will need you to care for it.
Are there Stray Cats in the United States?
According to the ASPCA, there are tens of millions of feral and stray cats in the United States. Many of these cats avoid people; however, stray cats will sometimes yearn for human interaction (or the full bellies that these interactions tend to guarantee).
What to do with a stray cat on Your Back Porch?
“If a cat is hanging out on your back porch, she’s probably lived inside before and is socialized to interact with people.” In this case, Delgado recommends earning the kitty’s trust with food and then providing necessities indoors. This includes a cat litter box, a place to snuggle up, and food and water.
What happens when a stray cat adopts a person?
Many of these cats avoid people; however, stray cats will sometimes yearn for human interaction (or the full bellies that these interactions tend to guarantee). In these cases, it seems as if stray cats decide to “adopt” an unsuspecting person as their new caretaker.