Adopting a Stray Cat

Have you been considering adopting a stray kitty? Maybe you or someone you know found a cute furball in need of help. Or maybe Fluffy just showed up on your porch or at your door. Many stray cats have gotten second chances at happiness, and are now beloved house pets. A Murrieta, CA vet offers tips on adopting a stray cat in this article.

Feral Or Stray?

Feral cats and stray cats are physically no different, but emotionally, they are often miles apart. Stray cats are used to humans, and can be quite friendly, if a bit shy. Many are former pets. Feral cats, on the other hand, are very suspicious and frightened of people. Of the two, stray cats are much more likely to adapt to the life of being a pet. With young kittens, however, the difference is often a moot point, as most baby cats can be properly socialized.

Ground Rules

Cats are always safer as indoor pets, where they’re protected from cars, weather, predator, and other hazards. It may take some time, but your feline pal can accept the indoor life. However, you’ll need to make sure that your home is both fun and comfortable for Fluffy. Set out pet-safe plants to give your kitty a taste of nature, and offer lots of comfy kitty furniture.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll need to do is take your new buddy to the vet. We recommend that all cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their vaccinations and parasite control. A thorough exam is also in order. Your furry pal will probably also need to be de-wormed. Don’t let Fluffy interact with other pets or children until she gets the all-clear.

Getting Settled

Cats are both opinionated and emotional. It may take your kitty some time to adjust to being a pet. Your feline pal may also always be a bit skittish and timid. Of course, some furballs immediately make themselves at home. Just give your cat the time she needs to adjust and settle in. Offer lots of TLC, and give her toys and treats to help her feel loved and safe. Don’t force attention on her, however: that’s a serious faux pas among cats.

Please reach out to us, your Murrieta, CA vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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