!Let's Talk! Button

Adopting a Stray Cat

May 15, 2021

Did you know that there could be almost 10 million stray cats in Canada? Some of these strays are pets that got lost or stolen. Thousands of these kitties are reunited with their humans every year, but many others stay on the streets. Fortunately, some of the luckier ones end up getting adopted. If you’re considering adopting a stray, read on. A Thorold, ON vet offers some tips on this below.


 Stray Or Feral

Many pampered, beloved housecats are former strays that now have their humans firmly wrapped around their paws. However, not all homeless kitties are well-suited to the indoor life. This is where the distinction between stray, feral, and domestic cats comes into play. There’s no physical differences between the three. The only variable is whether or not Fluffy has been socialized, and to what extent. Strays can do very well as pets, but feral kitties, which are completely wild, often don’t adjust to life indoors. That said, feral cats may still benefit from food, water, shelter, and veterinary care, so you can still help. Ask your vet for more information.


Making Friends

Don’t just try to grab Fluffy out of the blue. You’ll need to earn her trust first. Some felines will tentatively approach you after just a few meals. Others are much more skittish. It’s important for your new furry pal to approach you. Offer treats, and make that ‘psstpsst’ sound kitties often respond to. That said, if your new buddy looks sick, injured, or malnourished, you may not have time to win her over slowly. In these situations, you’ll want to trap Fluffy and take her to the vet immediately.


Settling In

It can take cats quite a while to adjust to a new home. Put Fluffy in a quiet back room at first, with food, bedding, toys, treats, and a litterbox. Aside from going to the vet, just let her relax and settle in. Visit her often, but don’t force attention on her. Just focus on offering good food, toys, treats, and catnip. When your kitty approaches you, pet her gently and talk to her in a soft, friendly tone. This will help her start to feel safe. Your furball may be a pampered, purring ball of cuddles in no time!


Please contact us, your Thorold, ON veterinary clinic, for all of your kitty’s care needs. We’re here to help!

  • All
  • Behavior
  • Cat Care
  • Dog Care
  • Dog Health
  • General care
  • Uncategorized

Canine Flu

Did you know that your canine companion can get the flu? In fact, there’s an…
Read More

Blepping In Cats

Have you ever spotted your cat just sitting there with her tongue sticking out? This…
Read More
Cat looking up and to the left

Fluffy’s Year In Review

Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2022, many people will be looking back…
Read More
Cream-colored cat with a lady lying on a bed

National Cat Lovers Month 

If you’re a cat lover, this is the month for you! From December 1st to…
Read More
Blue bird pecking on a seed from the snow

How Can I Keep My Bird Warm in Winter?

We love birds, but we also know that birds are not built to handle the…
Read More
Lady in blonde hair and white long shirt hugging a dog

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and you guessed it -just like humans, pets…
Read More
Four Corgis in a yellow couch

What Dog Is Best for an Apartment?

We know what you’re thinking: “I love dogs, but I live in an apartment. How…
Read More
Spoodle running with tongue sticking out

Poodle Day

Today, October 1st, is Poodle Day! These iconic dogs have very unique appearances, and make…
Read More
Gray cat finger fed with sliced cucumber

Unusual Cat Eating Habits

Cats are mysterious creatures. We all know that, but did you know that their eating…
Read More
1 2 3 21