Being Adopted by a Stray Cat

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Are You Prepared for a Stranger?

Cats which come into the backyard are often neighborhood cats that are just passing through, but sometimes there might be one intentionally looking for human affection and, of course, a reliable food source. Such cats might be legitimate strays; others may be voting with their feet and leaving one home so as to locate a better one. When a cat decides to adopt you, you need to determine in the beginning if you would like to make it a long term part of your life.

If you find yourself with a frequent feline visitor keeping an eye out for food, you could have a cat looking for a home. Before you decide to become too attached, however, you ought to check that it is, actually, a real stray.

A sizable percentage of the cats that adopt new owners are unneutered toms.

Whether or not a cat adopts you it will not always be ready to be handled for quite a while. Nevertheless, you will know when a cat has accepted you since it will feed in your presence.

Cats searching for owners to adopt them are generally young, are already reared in a home and are accustomed to and like human company.

Never feed a cat that you suspect is a stray unless you want to keep him. If you are certain that he is a genuine stray and don’t want to keep him, take him to one of the cat welfare groups in your area so that they can try to find a home for him.


If you do choose to permit the cat to adopt you, once you can easily handle him, take him to the vet for a full health check.

Cats that have not been taken care of for a while will often harbour disease or have other problems that need attention – especially fleas, worms or ear ticks. They might also need to be neutered or spayed. With regards to females, this could be a challenge to detect without a comprehensive veterinary examination.

Such attention will definitely have a price, as will any future visits to the vets, and this ought to be one of several factors you take into serious consideration prior to deciding to provide a permanent home to a stray cat.


If at all possible, attempt to keep the cat which has adopted you from having close contact with other cats in the home until you are sure that the stray has good health. He may be carrying a very contagious illness that can be passed on to your pets. Keeping the two apart initially might not be much of a problem, as there might be some distrust between your own cat and the stray for some time. Regardless, take precautions by offering a warm, safe shelter for the stray outdoors until finally he has been cleared by the vet.

A ‘stray’ in your garden is not always homeless. Some cats have two homes where they’re assured affection and food — a fact that is generally unknown to either of their ‘owners’. Others are cats that are simply very loving towards everybody they meet. Therefore, if you believe you might be being adopted by a cat, you ought to try to discover if he is an authentic stray — in other words, whether he is a cat that was abandoned or left by prior owners or a cat that is lost. Ask around the general vicinity to determine if anyone is aware of a lost cat, or is, the actual owner, post ‘Found’ notices in public places, and call the neighborhood vet practices to see if someone else has reported a lost cat.

Allowing Your Cat Outside for the First Time

If you are a cat, being permitted out and about in to the big, wide world the very first time is an extremely fascinating experience. However if you are a cat owner, allowing your cat out initially might be somewhat worrying – somewhat similar to taking your kids to school the first time. But it is something you will need to experience and a cat’s first couple of excursions in the world require careful oversight from you. You may even need to persuade your cat to come home again.

Thrilling as it is, nearly all cats will never venture out very far on their first trip into the world outside the house. They are going to try to find their bearings first in order that they feel confident about coming back home.

letting your cat outsideIf a cat is used to a litter tray inside your home, he may continue to come indoors to make use of the box when he is first permitted outside, though most cats soon prefer to visit the toilet outside the house after they become accustomed to it.

Once a cat is used to venturing out, it’s essential for both cat and owner to get some independence from one another. The easiest method to accomplish this is by installing a cat flap or door so your cat can come and go while he pleases.

If your cat uses a cat flap, it may be beneficial to obtain one that you can lock at night. A cat’s first steps into the outdoors are fascinating. Cats are naturally curious and will be desperate to investigate anything new and, up to now, unknown. You, as his owner, however, will first feel quite concerned about this occasion. Whenever you allow your cat out initially, it’s best to achieve this progressively, in gentle stages, and to monitor his first few outings quietly, at a distance.

How a Cat Gets Acclimatized

Let the cat out the first time for 30 minutes, say, after which encourage him to come home once again by providing appetising food, or by calling him in a manner that he associates with feeding time. Then let him out for slightly longer the next time, and still longer the third time, and so forth until you are assured that he’s acquainted with his surroundings.

Most cat owners would like to know when it’s safe to permit their cat out for the first time. For those who have a kitten, it shouldn’t be permitted to touch other cats until its vaccination plan is complete, which is generally at about 13 or 14 weeks old, so you ought not allow it to go outdoors until then.

If you acquire a grown-up cat, it ought to be kept safely inside your home for two or three weeks prior to being permitted out, by which time it should have started to see its new home as part of its territory and the location where it gets food and warmth.

His surroundings

Once accustomed to the outdoors surroundings, your cat will come home readily, and you ought to be completely happy to let him out throughout the day.

Before long, he’ll realize that he is able to now do his toilet outdoors within the gardens and you ought to ultimately manage to eliminate using the kitty litter box. In case your cat goes outside, but then comes back in to relieve himself, try putting the litter tray close to the door, or maybe outdoors.

After Dark

It may be best to not allow your cat out during the night – to some extent due to the fact he could get into fights during the night as well as lose his way, and partly due to the chance of cat thieves, who usually find it simpler to work at night time.