How to Bring a Stray Cat Into the Home

Things You'll Need

  • Towel

  • Safe room or crate

  • Litter box

  • Food bowl

  • Water bowl

  • Bed and blankets

  • Toys

Tip

Place the litter box close to the door or window. The cat may want to get outside and eliminate outdoors, but if the doors and windows are shut, it is likely to use the litter box that is located close to the exit. If the veterinarian finds parasites or other diseases, administer the medication in the cat's food. If you have other pets in your home, keep the stray cat isolated until you know for sure it is not affected by a contagious medical condition. Feline leukemia, FIV and internal and external parasites can be easily transmitted to other pets in your home. If the stray cat has a contagious disease, keep it isolated until it is healthy and disinfect the bedding and the room. Stray cats are attracted to the outdoors. Keep the windows and doors shut to prevent the cat from escaping. Schedule an appointment to neuter your cat if it is not already neutered.

Stray cats are often malnourished.

A stray cat is a feline that used to have an owner, but lives on the streets. Stray cats may have a difficult time adapting to living on the streets, especially if they have lived indoors for a long time, and they are looking to find a new home. The disadvantage of taking a stray cat in your home is that you don't know its training and medical history. However, adopting a stray cat can give you a great sense of accomplishment and you can train your new pet to be a part of your family.

Step 1

Set up a safe room in your home and place in there a litter box, a bed and food and water bowls. Include some cat toys. This room provides a safe environment for the cat, because it may be stressed by the new situation. If you have other pets, keeping the stray cat in this room protects the other pets from possible parasites and contagious diseases the stray cat may have. If you don't have a room, get a large crate and place it in a silent area in your home, such as the basement.

Step 2

Befriend the cat and be gentle when you pick it up, because the cat may scratch you. Wrap the cat carefully in a towel, which gives the cat a sense of comfort and also protects you.

Step 3

Take the cat to the safe room and allow it to smell and get familiar with the new environment.

Step 4

After it's had a bowel movement, collect a stool sample from the litter box to take to the veterinarian. The testing of the stool can establish if the pet has internal parasites.

Step 5

Talk to a veterinarian and schedule a checkup for the stray cat. The veterinarian will check whether the cat has been vaccinated and can administer necessary vaccines. She will also establish if the cat is healthy and perform a physical checkup and blood tests.

Step 6

Once you have learned from your vet that your cat is free of diseases and parasites, open the door of the safe room. Allow your cat to choose when it wants to explore the rest of the house.

Step 7

Introduce the pet to the rest of the family or other pets gradually. Limit the amount of time the cat spends with other people or animals. Monitor the first interactions of the stray cat with small children and pets, and remove the the new cat back to the safe room for a time if problems arise.

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