Finding A Stray Cat
Always Beware-Save A Stray Cat Today
Your driving down the road and suddenly you see a beautiful little kitty cat wandering toward the edge of the street. What is the first thing you do? If you love animals, your first thought is panic for the cat, the traffic will just keep whizzing by at the same rate of speed and not notice that the beautiful cat is wandering closer to the edge of the road.
What is it you want to do? What should you do? If you decide to pull off and rescue the animal you need to have a plan. If you have no intention of keeping or rescuing the cat, your plan should be to call your local animal control agency for the cat's own protection.
Listed below are some things you can do to safely rescue a stray cat. The best case scenario is the cat makes it safely across the street without incident.
- First and foremost, your safety should come first. As you pull off the side of the road, be sure to use your blinker and hazard lights, and any emergency placards you may have. You want all oncoming traffic to see your parked vehicle on the roadside.
- Beware the cat might be frightened or perhaps injured. Cats can be intensely unpredictable, so proceed with extreme caution. If is recommended you have a leash, a rope, a blanket, or even a pet carrier if possible to gently coax the stray cat into. If potentially possible, do your best getting the cat as far away from the road as feasible. This may be a very complicated process, as cats have a tendency to dart, especially when the animal is hurt, they more often than not try to flee.
- When you try to rescue a stray cat, it can leave you open to being bitten or scratched. If at all practical let the cat come to you. If you have food, you may be able to coax the animal to you. Cats do love tuna fish, but your chances of you having a can of tuna fish in your car is highly unlikely. If you have a cell phone, call someone to bring a tin of tuna fish, or a can of cat food.
- If you do get the cat inside the car, and the cat is aggressive be careful driving. It might attack, or go wild and cause you to have an accident. That is why a cat carrier or a leash would be the preferred method. If you go ahead anyway, make sure the cat is as far away from you as possible. And be ready for screeching and possible clawing if the cat is hissing and frightened.
- It is also possible that the animal is not a stray at all. It maybe just roaming around the neighborhood. Many owners let their cats roam the neighborhood free. If there is a collar and a number, perhaps give the owner a friendly call to let them know their cat is to close to the road, and in a dangerous situation, I am sure they would appreciate it.
- If it is a stray cat and you take it home, the first thing you want to do is try locating the owners of the cat. Just because they lost their cat does not mean they are bad owners or don't want their cat anymore. Perhaps they were moving and the cat darted out. Maybe a screen was worn, and the cat escaped. They could be looking desperately for their cat.
- There are a variety of reasons a cat becomes a stray. Some are truly mistakes and some are downright mean and cruel irresponsibility. Regardless of why, they are all sad. This is one major reason cats should be spayed or neutered.
Some things you can do to locate the owner of the stray cat you found.
- Post a notice in your local newspaper or newspapers if you have more than one. Put notices up in the local stores, markets, and service stations.
- Post signs on poles around the neighborhood you found a stray cat. Include a photo if possible.It doesn't cost much to take a picture and run few copies.
- Post a notice at the veterinary offices in your area.
- Post notices at the shelters as well. That is usually the first place people look for their lost pets.
If you are unable to find the owners, it is up to you what you want to do with the stray cat. Find a good home , take it to a shelter, or claim it as your new pet, which will make you happy as well as your new cat.
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