Adopting a Stray Cat

Have you decided to adopt a stray cat? Strays can make wonderful pets. In fact, many pampered felines were once strays. Perhaps an adorable, hungry furball just showed up on your porch or at your workplace one day. Or maybe you have a friend or family member that is trying to help a cute homeless kitty find a loving home. A Greensboro, NC vet offers some advice on adopting strays in this article.

Bringing Fluffy In

When you first bring Fluffy into your home, put her in a quiet back room with toys, treats, and food, and plenty of comfy napping spots. You may also want to give your kitty pet furniture, such as a scratching post or cat tent. This will give your new feline friend a cozy, safe place where she can adjust to her new home.

Veterinary Care

Fluffy will need to visit the vet at least once. In addition to a thorough exam, your new kitty should have vaccinations, parasite control, and a microchip. If your furry buddy is still intact, spay or neuter surgery is also in order. Don’t let your feline pal interact with other pets or your children until you get the all-clear from your vet.

Letting Your Kitty Adjust

All of our feline friends have their own distinct personalities. Many stray cats were once pets, and may be trusting and friendly from the start. Other kitties may have had some human contact, but will need time to adjust to being a pet. If your furry friend seems nervous, give her time to settle in, and don’t force attention on her. Of course, food can go a long way towards winning the heart of a stray cat. Offering Fluffy yummy treats will help win her trust. Playing with your kitty can also help, as it will burn off your furball’s nervous energy, and encourage her to interact with you.

Providing A Comfy Home

It’s quite easy to turn your home into a kitty paradise. Just offer Fluffy good food, fresh water, and a clean litterbox, and make sure your feline friend has plenty of fun toys to play with. Cozy napping spots and kitty furniture will also make your furball feel happy, comfy, and safe.

Do you have any questions about caring for your cat? Call us, your local Greensboro, NC animal hospital! We are always happy to help!

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