Adopting a Stray Cat

Are you considering adopting a stray kitty? Maybe a cute little furball showed up in your yard one day, or perhaps you know someone who is trying to help a sweet homeless cat find a forever home. Thousands of strays have been adopted, and are now happy, lovable housecats. Below, a Poway, CA vet offers some advice on adopting strays.

Veterinary Care

Before letting your new feline buddy have full run of your home, you’ll need to bring her to the vet. Fluffy will need a thorough examination, as well as vaccines and parasite control. If your furry pal hasn’t been fixed yet, spay or neuter surgery is also in order. If you have other pets, don’t let them interact with your new furball until your vet gives the all-clear.

Settling In

When you first bring your feline friend inside, start her out in a quiet back room with food, toys, a litterbox, and some soft beds or napping spots. Give your kitty some time to relax and adjust to her new home. To make sure your pet feels safe and comfy, offer Fluffy all the luxuries a housecat could want: comfy beds and napping spots, toys, window views, and kitty furniture. You can also set out some non-toxic plants at floor level, so your cat can still get a taste of the outdoors.

The Indoor Life

We strongly recommend keeping cats indoors. Fluffy may need time to adjust to the fact that the Great Outdoors is now off-limits. To keep your furball from trying to slip out, you’ll want to make her wary of the door. Spray her with water or make a loud noise when she approaches the exit. Once she realizes how good the indoor life is, your kitty may soon lose all desire to go outside!

Let Love Grow

Kitties all have their own personalities. Your furball may be friendly and affectionate from Day One. Or, Fluffy could be a bit timid, and need time to adjust–or readjust—to being a pet. If your cat is shy, don’t force attention on her. Let her choose when she wants to be petted or picked up. It may not take long at all for you to get that little motor going!

Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Poway, CA animal clinic, today!

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