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Keeping Stray Cats As House Pets

What should you do with a stray cat that turn up at your door? Before you chase it away or adopt it as your own, you should check whether it is indeed a stray cat.

Firstly, you should find out whether it is somebody's lost pet cat. You can do this by checking to see whether the stray cat has any identification microchip implanted. Feel the back of the cat for a tiny lump. This would be a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a host of information about the cat and its owner. The information in the RFID can be retrieved by a vet using a RFID scanner. If there is no microchip implanted on the stray cat, it may still be somebody's beloved lost cat. You should check your local newspaper for any “lost pet cat” advertisement. You can also place a “found” notice in the newspaper or poster in the community notice board. Keep a look out for “lost cat” posters in your neighborhood and nearby parks.

How To Handle Stray Cats

If you cannot trace the cat's owner, you can choose keep the lost cat as your pet. However, you must return it to the rightful owner if he or she is found later. It is also possible that it is indeed a feral stray cat. Especially if it is timid and cautious. Be care feral cat will bite even the hands that feed it. If you choose to keep a stray cat as a pet, take it to the vet to be checked and ask for advice whether it is suitable as a house pet. It will be difficult to keep a stray cat that is truly feral or one which is sick or injured. At all times, be careful when handling stray cats. They may have been abused and would be wary of humans.

If the stray cat is indeed feral, the best course of action is to give the cat food and water to calm it down first. Then contact your local animal shelter to pick it up. Most feral stray cats have very strong survival instinct and are used to independence. So they are not really suitable as house pet cats.

If you insist on keeping stray cats as house pets, you would need to get them used to being indoor cats.Or provide them with a large area to roam about if you have a big enough garden for keeping cats.

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