There are two types of stray cats; feral cats and regular strays. Feral cats are those that have never had human contact and are used to living outdoors. They are timid and fearful of humans; hence, they cannot be adopted by humans for indoor living. For feral cats, feeding, neutering, and getting regular medical checks are enough to continue being outdoor cats. Strays were previously owned by humans and are friendly around them. They can easily be rehabilitated and taken into a home.
If you are looking to adopt a stray cat, here are some tips to help you in the process.
Do due diligence to ensure the cat doesn’t have an owner. You can check out owner tags on their necks. You can also ask around your neighborhood, post on social media, or put up posters to confirm they have no owner in the neighborhood. If no one claims the cat, it could mean the cat has no owner and is safe for adoption.
Find a Veterinary
Get a vet to check their health and offer key vaccinations. In case they are of age, get them neutered to ensure they don’t contribute to the cat litter population. Feed them and give them time to adapt to you and your household. Avoid petting them if they don’t like it. With time, they will warm up to you.
Find a Separate Room
If you have other cats, consider getting the strays a separate room as other cats’ hostility could make them fearful and run away. Gradually introduce them to other cats and watch how both react to each other.