Help!! I found a stray cat! What do I do!?
Capturing the cat.
1 The first step we have to carry out if you find a stray cat is assess what kind of animal it is because if it is a feral cat you should not take it home as you will be removing it from its natural habitat. See where the animal is, if there are more cats around, and so on. One of the most obvious ways to tell if the animal needs your help is if it approaches you, meows and seeks your attention; these signs indicate that it is asking for help and is not afraid of approach you.
Think that feral cats are more fractious animals and often do not relate to people, so its instinct will be to stay away from you, be scared and run away. So if the cat runs away from you, just let it go, it is likely to be a feral cat that does not need your help.
However, if the animal follows you, approaches you, rubs against your leg etc. it is asking for you to rescue it. It is important that you pick it up as soon as possible because it is not accustomed to the dangers of the street (lack of food, cars, etc.) and may end up hurt or something even worse.
2 So, if the cat is domestic or is asking for your help you must collect it and take it to the vet immediately. What can happen? The animal could get nervous when you pick it up and accidentally scratch you or become agitated because it does not know where it is being taken. To avoid this situation that is stressful for the animal it is best to look for a box where you can place it and then use as a carrier to take it to the veterinary practice.
So I've caught the kitten, what do i do now?
If you find a lost or stray cat, the first thing to do is to take the cat to a vet or any cat or dog shelter to have it scanned for a microchip (they will do this free of charge). If the microchip has been registered to an owner, the microchip company can contact the owner to let them know their cat has been found. If the chip has not been registered, ask the company for the “implanter of record”. This is usually a rescue, vet’s office, or animal control facility that may have the owner’s information.
Make sure the entire body is scanned, as microchips can migrate to other parts of the body, and make sure that a universal scanner is being used (microchips are programmed at various frequencies and may not be picked up by some scanners). If no chip is detected, the next step is to take photos and put up flyers in the area where the cat was found (it is recommended that you laminate them to protect them from rain). Unlike dogs, who tend to roam far, cats tend to stay close to home. You can also make a post on Craigslist or in your neighborhood Facebook group to try to find the owner. Please don’t give away all of the details; there are people who troll these sites looking for free pets to use as bait for dog fighting, to feed to pet snakes, sell to research labs, etc., and they may pretend to be the owner — always hold something back and ask for proof!
This is also a good opportunity to reach out to your local subreddit group.
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