You got a stray cat, what to do next?

Many people have a feeling of pity, compassion for the homeless kitten, a cat, soaked in the rain and shivering from the cold. In the big eyes of the animal frozen longing, pleading for passersby, who can become owners, to provide a warm, cozy shelter. Not everyone will agree to do the deed, to take a stray pet, to shelter it in their apartment, to provide proper care. But if you still dared to take such a responsible step, consider the recommendations of experts on the proper adaptation of the pet. This will help to keep the household safe and make the acclimation to the new home more favorable for the cat.

Visit the vet and do the exam yourself

Showing a kitten picked up on the street to a vet is essential. The veterinarian will examine the cat and determine its condition. If illness is suspected, he or she will perform further examinations. If necessary, he will choose an effective treatment and prescribe medications. Stray animals spread all kinds of diseases. Some of them are dangerous to humans as well. Professional examination will keep the pet healthy and keep family members safe.


If you cannot contact the veterinarian at the first stage, you should arrange a quarantine for the new tenant. For 2-3 weeks, it should be placed in a room with no drafts and optimal temperature, and its condition should be carefully monitored. His contact with other animals, if there are any, should be excluded. A cat should have a separate bowl and its own litter box.

A kitten found in the street should be carefully examined. A healthy cat:

You should feel the paws to make sure there are no fractures. The tummy should also be palpated gently. If there is damage to internal organs, the pet will feel pain and react accordingly. You should check the reaction of the cat to light and water. If it is panically afraid of these factors, and aggressive behavior is observed, it may be a sign of rabies. Contact a veterinary clinic urgently.

Supervision of the cat during quarantine

During the quarantine period, the kitten should be closely monitored. Important indicators are appetite, consistency, color of feces. In the feces and urine there should be no extraneous inclusions, impurities, blood, pus secretions. Attention should be paid to the mucous membranes of the eyes and mouth. They should have a light pink hue. Appearance of yellow, bluish color is a reason to visit the veterinarian. Contact the veterinarian if the following symptoms are observed:

If no negative signs appear within two to three weeks, you can stop quarantine and let the kitten move freely around the apartment and meet other pets.

Washing and anti-parasitic treatment

A stray animal has no chance of avoiding infection with parasites. The new tenant of the house must be rid of them. First you need to bathe the kitten, using a shampoo with acaricide components. This product will help to remove all the dirt from the fur and skin, to get rid of fleas. One procedure to control the insects is not enough. After a couple of days, you need to conduct a treatment against fleas with special means.

Another common parasite of stray cats are worms. A week after the anti-flea procedure, you should give the pet an angelminthic. It is desirable to use a drug that destroys all types of worms. If the health condition of the cat is good, you can simultaneously carry out treatment against fleas and worms. After a week, the worming drug should be given to the animal again. But you should try to find out the age of the kitten. If he is not yet three months old, not all medications can be used in the antiparasitic treatment.

Adaptation in the home

There are no definite recommendations for the psychological adaptation of the cat, each animal is individual, has its own character and habits. It may take a lot of strength and patience so that the pet, accustomed to a difficult but free life, learn to feel comfortable in a confined space, to observe the rules of cat etiquette.

There are a few expert tips that can help in the adaptation:

Before you take a stray cat on the street, you need to adequately assess your capabilities, the threshold of patience. The animal in any case should not be thrown out of the house again. Therefore, if there are doubts that you can take good care of the pet, it is better to give up the idea of taking it into your home.