What should I do if I come across a stray cat??

Posted on October 24, 2014 by admin

We would like to offer some advice regarding stray cats.

If you do come across a stray cat. Think twice before you think it needs to be removed or rescued. There is no point in taking away a feral or semi feral or friendly stray cat from a location and contacting a rescue to help afterwards. Mind you it would be no easy task removing a feral cat.

Check first the cat is ear tipped. Also check is the cat healthy looking and not skin and bone. Feral cats can be underweight. Is the cat visibly stressed or disorientated? If not than maybe return the next day to see if the cat is still around. Leave some food for the cat in a discreet location as not to upset people in the neighbourhood. Call rescues based in the location and ask them are they managing a colony in the area with a description of the cat. Take a photo of the cat and post on facebook pages related to cats. Asking about the cat. This is helpful to do first before you decide to remove the cat.

Contact a rescue for advice before you do anything like removing a cat. There is no where for these cats to go. And if they are being managed in a colony or have a caretaker you are going to make things much worse for these cats. Taking these steps first is much more helpful to the cat.

Having said that if the cat is injured and needs help and you want to help them the first port of call is to bring the cat to a vet. If you come a across a small kitten also that is different. But check for mammy around too. She may just have gone off for food. But do always think first before jumping in. We know people are coming from a very good place in wanting to help cats. But removing a cat or kitten and hoping when you get home that a rescue will take it is a huge risk to take as rescues are full and the cats life just became a whole lot more stressful being relocated. Its not rescuing a cat if you take it away with the idea a rescue will take it. If a rescue can not take them what than? Just some food for thought. Feral cats have no where to go so lets try and manage them where they are. Do what we can for them where they are. Do not take a cat home unless you are willing to foster it. eric

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