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Adopting a Stray Cat

October 1, 2020

Have you been considering adopting a stray cat? Many of our feline patients were former strays. Some were rescued off the streets, while others may have just showed up at their new homes and decided to stay. Stray cats can make wonderful pets. We love seeing any cat getting adopted. However, you will need to keep some things in mind, and take a few precautions. A Huntersville, NC vet discusses adopting a stray kitty in this article.

Making Friends

Strays can be skittish, even if they’ve had human friends before. The easiest way to build Fluffy’s trust is simply by providing her with food, water, and shelter. We recommend keeping your furry buddy in a quiet back room at first, so she can settle in. Talk to her and offer her toys and treats, but don’t force attention on her. It’s very important to let her come to you.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fluffy to the vet. A thorough exam is definitely in order! Fluffy will also need vaccinations and parasite control. Ask your vet to check for a microchip, just in case your new feline friend is someone’s beloved missing pet.


Socialization is often a major factor in determining how friendly or skittish a cat can be. It’s also one of the main differences between stray and feral cats. Strays have been around people before. In fact, many strays were once pets themselves. Feral cats, on the other hand, are entirely wild, and can be aggressive. That’s not to say that they can’t be adopted: it really just depends on the cat. Just take Fluffy’s personality and your household into consideration. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Keeping Kitty In

There are many reasons we recommend keeping cats indoors. Fluffy is not only healthier, she’ll also be much safer. However, strays can take time to adjust to the indoor life. Set out lots of pet-safe plants, to give your feline pal a taste of the great outdoors. (Tip: check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.) Things like cat towers, scratching posts, comfy beds, toys, treats, and boxes will make your home fun and comfy for your new buddy. With love and care, you’ll be enjoying purrs and cuddles before you know it!

Please contact us, your Huntersville, NC vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!