What Can You Do to Help Stray Cats?
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Every day, your fluffy feline brings you joy and love, and in return, you lavish him with cuddles, love, and, most importantly, snacks. However, not all cats are that fortunate. There are many stray cats roaming the streets who do not have loving homes. If you’ve noticed stray cats in your neighborhood, there are numerous things you can do to help them – even if you can’t accept another cat into your house.
Give them a somewhere to stay
Feral cats require a safe haven where they may escape the rain and harsh winter and summer temperatures. You don’t need to make anything elaborate; a basic plastic storage container will suffice to keep the cats happy. Cut a hole in the bin’s side and line it with something warm, such as straw. Place the smaller container inside a larger one in the winter and put some foam board insulation between them.
Give Them Something to Eat
Giving outside kittens some tasty wet or dry food to keep their bellies full is one of the most thoughtful things you can do. However, if they aren’t interested in wet food, don’t keep it out for too long, since bacteria might grow and make them sick.
Place the food on a covered patio or lay up a small tarp between two plastic-bin shelters and place it there to protect it from the elements. Keep the space clean on a daily basis to keep insects and other pests at bay. Your delectable treats will be appreciated by the outside felines.
Their Thirst Will Be Satisfied
The stray cats will stay hydrated if they have access to a new bowl of water. To keep your kitty shelters from becoming damp and disgusting, place the dish outside. To protect the water from freezing in the winter, search for a solar-powered hot water dish.
Contact a Trap-Neuter-Return Rescue Organization
Many nonprofits offer trap-neuter-return (TNR) services or can link you to a local organization that does. The strays will be spayed or neutered in this manner, preventing them from reproducing and lowering the number of hungry mouths for you and your neighbors to feed. The kittens are safely returned to the neighborhood once the surgery is completed, and they will also receive a health check while at the vet.
Check to see if cats are truly homeless
A cat outside without a collar may appear to be a stray, but that fuzzy feline could be someone’s pet. Check with your neighbors to see if any of the stray cats have owners. If at all feasible, ask owners to put collars on their pets so that no one thinks they’re stray. For identification, some outdoor-owned cats have microchips implanted between their shoulder blades. A Universal Microchip Scanner can read these. If the kitty is lost or misidentified as a stray, a vet or shelter worker will be able to locate the owner’s contact information.
Consider Adopting a Stray Animal
If you come across a lone cat or litter of kittens who aren’t feral or acclimated to life in the outdoors, contact a local rescue organization to see if they can find them forever homes. Look for no-kill shelters and animal rescue groups.
Even though he seems to enjoy being with you for a visit, if you befriend a cat that is happily feral, let him to dwell within his outdoor colony. Feral cats develop their own social structures and communities in colonies. Feral cats grow frightened and may become chronically unwell when they are separated from their colony.
Worse yet, feral cats typically end up fearful, afraid, and unadoptable at animal shelters, whereas if left in their colony, they have a higher chance of living a happy (though probably shorter) life.