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Posted on 06-24-2015

Have you recently had a hungry kitty show up on your doorstep? Maybe you felt bad for the poor thing, and gave it some dinner one night, only to find her back again the next day. Many, many people have had their hearts melted by stray kitties, decided to adopt them, and found themselves with wonderful, loving pets who absolutely adore their saviors. If you’re considering adopting a stray, you’ll want to read this article by your local vet Calabasas.

Stray or Feral?

Physically, there is no difference between stray and feral cats, but psychologically, they are worlds apart. Stray cats are kitties who have known human contact before. A stray cat could be a pet that got lost or was abandoned, and has had to fend for itself, while feral cats are completely wild. While some feral kitties are friendlier than others are, they are often very wary of people and may bolt if approached. Stray cats will eventually turn feral, if they survive long enough. While feral cats can often be tamed, it may take time for them to adjust to indoor life. If the kitty you’ve found is friendly, or seems very scared, it’s most likely a stray.

Health Concerns

Many times, a few trips to the vet will take care of any health concerns. Your furball may have parasites, and will need vaccinations and bloodwork. A bath may not be a bad idea either, if your cat will tolerate it! If your kitty is intact, spaying or neutering is also in order.

Bringing Fluffy Inside

When you bring your kitty inside, isolate her in a quiet bedroom or laundry room at first, so she can get used to being indoors. If you have other animals, make sure their vaccinations are up to date, and keep your stray quarantined until your vet gives the all-clear. Introduce your resident pets to the newcomer gradually, so all your furkids have time to adjust to one another’s presence.

Adjustment

Kitties can take up to year to get used to a major change, so don’t expect your stray to hop right into your lap or snuggle up to you right away. Your kitty may not know or remember how to be a housecat, and may be skittish at first, and even try to bolt. Time, love, and patience are really what will turn a frightened, hungry stray into a loving pet.

Saving’s an animal’s life can be a very fulfilling experience. You’ll feel great about doing a good deed, and your new pet will reward you with love, gratitude, and cuteness!

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