The Companion Animal Abandonment Study conducted by the Affinity Foundation leaves no room for doubt. The number of dogs and cats abandoned each year in Spain continues to grow, reaching 110,000 in 2019. In turn, the hundreds of kittens that are born on the street must be taken into account.
In this context, if you ever come across an abandoned or injured cat, it is logical that you move to rescue it. Keep in mind that this is one of the most generous actions you can do . Of course, you must be patient and understanding, since the kitten may have been mistreated or may have a disease that causes pain.
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What should you do when rescuing a stray cat to get it right?
Many times life gives us challenges that we accept with courage and without thinking. Rescuing a cat is one of them. However, if you find yourself in this situation, you should arm yourself with patience and act calmly so as not to upset the animal even more. These are the 4 steps you should take to avoid making mistakes. Pay attention!
Earn their trust
It is more than likely that the cat will not approach you. It’s natural. To break the ice and understand that with you he has nothing to fear, you can turn to food. Give it time. It sure ends up getting closer to you. Remember to speak to him in a calm voice and move without making sudden movements. You will have to control your nervousness.
Act quickly and take him to the vet
Given the proliferation of dirt and pathogens that inhabit the streets, it is possible that your new friend needs an external deworming , and internal deworming for having ingested contaminated or spoiled food. Therefore, it seems reasonable to take him to the vet to explore it and determine what your state of health is.
He will guide you on the vaccines he requires or on the aspects that you need to clarify. To take it to the clinic you will have to use a carrier or improvise one with a cardboard box or a garment . Try to take it by the neck and cover its eyes so as not to disturb it. Control its legs so that it does not slip off or injure you.
Find him a temporary home
Once their good health has been certified (or measures have been taken to make it so), your rescued will need to rest and regain strength. It is recommended, and more comfortable, is that you host it at home. There you will have to provide quality food , drink, a bed and his sanitary tray.
You can improvise his bed with a box and a blanket. For the sandbox, a plastic box and dirt will suffice. Don’t forget to change it frequently. In the case of food, if you do not have feed, you can offer a can of natural tuna or prepare a plate of rice with meat , chicken or beef, and a carrot. Don’t force him to eat.
If it is a puppy, you should give him special powdered milk. They sell it at vets or pet stores. You can also try a mixture of stage 1 human baby formula and egg yolk. Give it by dropper or syringe.
Make a decision about your future
The first 2 or 3 days that he spends at home will be decisive. In them he will verify that he is in a safe place, but you should not force the situation. You will have to wait for him to take the initiative. When you get home you will have already checked their reaction. If he has been nervous, leaving him alone in a room alone is the best thing to do .
If, on the other hand, you have seen him encouraged to explore, leave all the doors of the rooms open and place everything he needs in the room he has chosen. If you decide to adopt it, after that period of 2-3 days you must place its feeder, its drinker, its bed and its litter box in its final location.
If you cannot keep it, you should start looking for a home that meets the appropriate conditions. Responsibility is a sine qua non condition to be sure that you will be well cared for. You can discuss it with friends, use social networks or resort to protectors or associations. In the latter they can sterilize it for free.
What if it is not abandoned?
It is possible that it is not abandoned, if not that it has been lost. Their behavior and their appearance will give you a clue about it. In general, non-abandoned house cats tend to be more docile and do not look like a malnourished and dirty cat.
You can use the groups of lost pets on social networks to find their owner. He is surely missing it a lot and will greatly appreciate it.
What if I have more pets at home?
If you decide to take him in and you already have more cats at home, it is a priority that you do not place any of the animals in a situation of inferiority. Use the carrier to protect the new tenant while the veteran sniffs it. Depending on your reaction, you can let the rescued cat out to get to know each other .
If they get nervous and a fight threatens to come true, it will be preferable to separate them for a few days allowing them to smell each other several times at the end of the day. The welcomed kitten must always remain in the carrier during these encounters. After this time you can try to allow them to be seen.
We hope that this simple guide has been of interest and useful to you if you ever come across this crossroads. Have you taken a good note?