That is the typical question we ask animal lovers when we see a cat in the street That seems to be abandoned. In addition to asking ourselves this question, there are other aspects that confuse us and in which we do not know how to react, such as: is the cat really abandoned or is it exploring? Can i touch it? Can I feed him? Or a very important one, do I take it and take it home?
The abandonment of dogs and cats It is a problem that is increasing. Many people do not know how to deal with responsibility and before giving it up for adoption to a good home, they prefer to abandon it on the street. So, if you meet a cat in the street and it comes to your mind to take it home with you, remember that throughout your life you must be his family.
If this has happened to you and you have not known what to do, in Expert Animal, we want to give you some necessary guidelines so that you know what should you do if you find an abandoned cat.
Cats are born explorers and despite being domestic animals, they still retain a certain wild essence that makes them have the need to go out and see the world. Most cats work like this, although some are extremely homemade. That said, you might find a cat in the street and think it is abandoned, but in fact, it has a home to return to at the end of the day.
Watch the cat for a while and analyze his physical state and behavior. If you see that the cat is wearing a collar, is rummaging food (but not desperately), wants to enter your house, has a good weight and a healthy coat, possibly has its own house. If, on the contrary, the cat is in poor condition, malnourished, has signs of disease or looks very frightened, you have found an abandoned cat.
Let people know
Before going to inform the neighbors, you must make sure that the place where you have found the cat abandoned does not represent a danger to its safety. That is, you are in a space where you can protect yourself and not be outdoors or near a road or train tracks.
If you already have that issue resolved and you think the cat can survive for a few hours, you can proceed to spread the word. Take a picture with your mobile and ask the neighbors of the area If you have lost a cat, go to the official offices, veterinarians and animal associations. You can also print some posters with your photo and your phone number in case the owner wants to contact you. Keep in mind that cats like to travel long distances.
Will I take it or leave it?
Is the cat not sure where you found it? Now the thing gets interesting. In short time you must earn their trust so that he comes with you, or at least, do not give much battle to catch it. You have to arm yourself with patience and have a little time available.
Do the exercise of putting some food and as you eat it you put a little more. Thus you will create some confidence and security with the abandoned cat. After he eats, try to get close to him or sit on the floor and let him get close to you. Have a nice cloth blanket with which to warm it when you have it in your arms. This is a labor of love.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND A CAT.
Suddenly you hear a meow ... you look out and see a cat or a kitten ... Do you know or intuit that the cat has been lost or thrown out of the house. Then you have a thousand doubts: you don't know if to make you blind, if you leave the little animal on the street to his fate or protect him until his owner appears ... or someone offers him a new home.
Spanish society in general feels it and the rulers in particular are not prepared to help animals like the one you have found or people with a good heart like you. The associations are saturated, and many times the help they will give you is minimal.
Entrehuellasybigotes It is a particular initiative that is born, above all, because the people who created it have met many times in this situation. Entrehuellasybigotes we work only with foster homes, we have no shelter, and usually we are up, so we are going to give you some tips to deal with the situation in the best possible way.
Anyway, let's go with the advice given by the RSPCA, the most important British protector, who meet a lost cat.
We have adapted the advice to the Spanish reality that, like many other countries, are light years away from the protectionist mentality and citizen activism that exists in the United Kingdom.
First tip: observe where the cat is, whether or not it is integrated into a street colony, and by its location it is located in an area near a road. That is, we have to think if the cat can survive in the place where we have found it.
Normally he will not survive if he is a puppy that has been abandoned, they are quickly identified because they are looking for company, or they are fearful, but not elusive.
In case we believe that it can survive where it is, the case of a few adults, and we want to find its owner, we can spread the word in the neighborhood about his disappearance (posters and ask if anyone knows who the cat or someone belongs to that is looking for your cat in stores, neighbors, etc.). Let's keep in mind that cats move through wide areas.
If we want to do something more for the animal, if we have room to spare and we promise to find a home (from the old owner or from a new adopter), we can take it home.
If we take him home and we have other cats, we must isolate him in a room, and if we do, we must be sure that we will not stop until we find him a new home. We cannot raise it and lower it after a few days, because we are irremediably condemning it.
And, of course, if the cat is in danger where it is, we will do well to bring it home, and also in this case as long as we are willing to help you until the end.
Second tip: take the cat to the vet in case it has a microchip. More and more cats with this identification, although they remain the great minority. But, realistically, the truth is that many of the cats that seem lost are abandoned. So we must be willing to start an adoption plan for the little animal.
Already in the veterinarian you have to check your general state of health, it is essential to deworm him inside and out. For your safety and that of your home.
Third tip: Take pictures of the animal, put up posters explaining the case indicating that the owner is sought or possible final adoption for the animal.
Keep in mind that if the days go by and the owner does not appear, you have to go look for a home.
If the owner does not appear
You have to go to the next step:
Ask in the protectors of your city. What do you accept? Great, now you just have to go through the trouble of separating yourself from the animal, which you will probably have taken care of. By the way, some shelters force you to have the animal fifteen days before accepting it, and encourage you to find a house on your own during that time, though, going through their offices to formalize the adoption.
Keep an eye on the shelters or centers of municipal animals that sacrifice animals at the first exchange. Fortunately not everyone is like that, but it is better to inform yourself before.
Going all right, giving it up for adoption or leaving it in a legit protector is a real drink if you have become familiar with the animal, but we must become aware that we must do it. Only then can we help other cats in the future. What do you want to keep? Well, if you have a place for him, go ahead. Of course, you have to assume the responsibility of having a cat, guarantee food, space and veterinary care throughout his life.
But if you can't keep it and the protectors can't take over ... then you only have one option left: Find a home for the cat on your own.
It can help you to put ads on the internet (there are many websites of advertisements, forums ...), even ask a protector with a lot of traffic to include the photo of the animal on your website or, if you have it, on the Facebook page. Above all, do not despair, you hit the keyboard, he insists, you can even record a video that shows the charms of the bug and hang it on YouTube. Be original, recreate in your description, but count things as they are, sincerity will save you future negatives.
Anyway, patience and a lot of faith in your goal. When you do it - trust it because sooner or later you will do it - the worries will become the greatest of triumphs: you will taste the honeys of the success you feel when you give selfless love, the purest one, that which is found when everything The rest fails you. Is not it wonderful? Wasn't it worth all the effort?
I already took it, now what do I do?
First you have to take it to a veterinarian to verify that you do not have an identification chip in place and check your physical condition. When deciding to take it home, it is important that you make sure that the cat has no owner. If you see the days go by and nobody contacts you, you can start thinking about the next step: find you owner or give you a home. Here reflection is important. You have to analyze not only if you have space in your house to be comfortable, but space in your dynamics and in your life. For more information, do not miss our article "Tips for adopting a stray cat".
While it is true that cats are more independent than dogs, they are still living beings that deserve our respect and care. If complications arise from reflection, it is best to welcome it for a few days while doing everything to find a new family.
Steps to follow if you find an abandoned or lost home cat>
The first thing to find out, then, is whether it is a homemade pussycat. This does not mean that you should not worry about felines that have feral. We refer to animals that learned to survive in the streets. Or to those who, directly, were born in them and walk alone or in colonies.
The issue is that an abandoned or lost pet cat usually does not have enough tools to defend itself in an environment that may be hostile.. For example:
- Areas heavily traveled by vehicles.
- Presence of dogs or aggressive people.
- Difficulty getting food.
In this sense, the animal, if not very scared, will surely seek your contact or, at least, will not shy away from it. In any case, It is important that you earn their trust. When you do it, try to see if you have any identification necklace to contact your owners.
If you find yourself in the street an abandoned or lost home cat, don't look the other way. Get involved in the topic and try to locate its owners or find a new home for the pussycat.
If the cat is a baby
Due to their fragility, with cat puppies, you have to act faster. When we meet a kitten, we must first check that the mother is not present and wait a maximum of 3 hours to see if she returns. In the event that the cat is alone, he will be very scared, but he will not be aggressive (he is a baby). You must catch the baby and find a way to feed it as soon as possible, because without his mother he runs the risk of not surviving. After that, take it to a specialist.
If the mother is present you must be even more careful and patient, and understand that now as you are in the presence of two (or more) cats in a possible situation of abandonment, the whole process that we have mentioned above will be more complicated. Therefore, go to a veterinarian and contact theanimal associations and protectors Closer is always the most advisable to help abandoned cats.
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How to find out if the cat you found has an owner looking for it?
If the pussy has no visible identification, ask the neighbors or passers-by if they know if the kitten has an owner. Also find out about the area if there are no posters attached to your photo. Or, if you have internet access from your mobile phone, check if there are no search ads on web pages or on social networks.
Although your investigation does not give positive results, the ideal is that you wait a while, to see if finally the owner appears or some other person of the neighborhood can inform you of something about the feline. As well It is good that you observe if it is not a female with kittens, because perhaps that was the reason for abandonment. Or, if it is a very small pussycat, make sure the mother is not looking for it.
After a prudential time without news, and surely with the cat already friendlier with you, you can choose to try to take it to a veterinarian to find out if it has a microchip. If the animal is not identified in this way, or if it is, or its owners do not respond, it is time to make a decision.
In search of a temporary home for the cat
Since you got to this point, It is advisable that, if you have a place in your house, take the cat with you, even temporarily. And, as you are in the right place, ask the vet to do a review. If you consider it necessary, let it vaccinate or deworm.
Although there is the option that you leave the animal in a shelter, the truth is that they are usually saturated. Therefore, if you cannot or do not want to keep the pussy, even for a while, try to locate it with people you trust.
Meanwhile, it is time to start a campaign to continue locating its owners who, perhaps, have not abandoned and are looking for.
Why do the cats meow in front of the door?
In the world we live in, and because of our way of life, more and more cats are forced to look for their food in the street. It is often thought that these animals already know the hunting techniques from the first day they are born and that therefore they should not find it difficult to find food, but this is not so.
No one is born knowing. To learn, they need their mother to teach them, but this is not easy either: if the mother is a cat who has always lived with humans and has ended up abandoned, she will have difficulty teaching them, so that the kittens to be Weaning will have no choice but to learn on their own.
With this in mind, Hunger is one of the main reasons why you can find a cat at the door. After searching the garbage bins and finding nothing, you will choose to ask humans. However, it is not the only one.
Another cause is that the kitten is looking for his mother, or vice versa. In the street world, where there are so many dangers, cat families have a lot of trouble getting ahead. If you hear a meowing cat or kitten, it is most likely that he is looking for either his children or his mother, claiming attention. In the worst case, you may be asking for urgent help after being hit.
And if it's winter, and it's in an area where it's cold, can meow in front of your door in order to find shelter. Yes, cats are also cold, and if they don't find a place to protect themselves, they can die. Therefore, if you do not want to have it at home, but you would like to do something to help you, you can let it enter the garage - as long as it is clean and the chemicals are not within reach - or make a booth and accommodate it with blankets
Campaigns to find old or new owner for the pussycat
What can you do to try to find the owners of the pussycat? For example:
- Take a good picture and make posters informing where and when you found it.
- Distribute and paste the posters on the street, business and protective.
- Disseminate information about the kitten in social networks or on radios, television channels or newspapers and local magazines.
With the hope of finding the owners lost, you have to decide what to do with the animal. If you, or the person who is taking care of you, cannot adopt you definitively, it is time to start another campaign, this time to get a new home for the pussycat. You already know how.
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What to do to help them?
You can do several things, which are:
- Keep it: If it is a kitten or cat that seems sociable, that is, that approaches you looking for caresses, you can have it inside the house. Of course, it is important that the next day, when he is better, take him to the vet to see if he has a microchip, which will mean he has a family. If you do not have it, it is recommended that you put up posters for 15 days in the area of "Cat found", with your phone in case someone was looking for it.
- Feed him: If you do not want or cannot keep it, you can always feed and drink it in a corner protected from the cold, rain and direct sun. He will thank you.
- Take him to castrate: I know well that stray cats should be the responsibility of municipalities, and that they should create free spaying and neutering campaigns more often than they do, but for now the problem of the feline super-population we have to solve or control us: individuals.
Therefore, if you can afford it and, above all, if you wish, it is very advisable to take the cat to castrate, whether it is male or female. Veterinarians usually make a special price if it is a stray cat.
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Give them heat
It is the first and most necessary thing to do. You have to take them off the street and take them to a place where they are protected from the cold, because hypothermia can be fatal for some kittens. If possible, take them home and put a blanket on them, otherwise, contact an animal guard or veterinarian to take care of them.
If they are very babies, that is, if they have their eyes closed or have them open but are bluish in color, they will need to drink milk for kittens with a bottle, if they are somewhat older, you can give them as a first meal ham or cooked meat, but as soon as you can you should go to buy wet food for kittens (cans).
They must eat every 3-4 hours, depending on age (the more babies, the more often they should eat). Also, if they are very young, they will need you to stimulate the ano-genital area with a gauze dampened in warm water after each meal to meet their needs. You have more information here.
Most likely, they have internal and external parasites, so it is advisable to deworm them. If they have less than two months, the veterinarian can give you a syrup to eliminate the inmates, however, if they have two months or more you can put the Stronghold pipette for kittens - worth about 10 euros - so that the kittens can get rid of both worms like external parasites.
Decide what to do with them
This is the last step. What are you going to do with them? Do you want and can you take charge? Would you rather find them a new home? Regardless of the decision you make, I recommend that you take your time, think it through. Analyze the pros and cons of each option you have, check the status of your economic situation, talk to your family. All this will help you to make a really right decision.
The feral cats
They are cats that have born and lived forever on freedomWith hardly any contact with humans, their mothers were also free cats and taught them everything they needed to survive.
They usually live in the street forming colonies around the feeding points, but do not seek human contact, rather they avoid it. They are not cats that want to live in a house, their home is the street and what we can do is help them live better in it, providing them with food, shelter and veterinary care when they need it.
These cats they won't stand life in captivity, despite the effort of months or years dedicated to them, they have chosen to live in freedom and we must respect them.
The sociable cats
They are cats that they look for human contact, many times they follow the people who feed them or anyone who passes through the street. They may be cats that have lost or cats that have been abandoned, although sometimes they are cats that live in houses with access to the outside and are for a walk.
These They are not used to living on the street, the street not your home, they do need us to help them find a home, a house to live protected, well fed and with love.
How to distinguish them?
The sociable cat It will probably approach us, some much and others not too much, depending on how long they have been living on the street. They are usually sociable with the person who feeds them, eating quickly in their presence, and even vocalizing insistently asking for food. They tend to look disheveled since they are not accustomed to life on the street, and for them it is a hard life. And they will be seen at any time of the day.
On the contrary, the feral cat It is silent and will not approach strangers, usually they can only be seen from dusk until dawn, unless they are very hungry and look for food. These types of cats are adapted to live in the street and will be well groomed, and when we put food on them they will wait until we are gone to start eating it.
In this way in the streets we can find feral cats, sociable cats, semi-feral cats, house cats that go out for a walk ... it is important to recognize what type of cat has crossed our path, since feral cats are not happy in captivityIn addition to the fact that it can damage their physical and mental health, they will most likely never socialize, so picking them up and taking them to our house we are not doing them any favors, neither they nor those who do need a house And we can't pick up because there aren't enough houses for everyone.
The true house of feral cats is the place where they were born and raised, where they have developed strong ties between them and their territory, links that define their existence, therefore, even being difficult to accept and despite the link that we We have developed with them, we must understand that the ties with other animals in their group and with their territory, are much stronger and more meaningful for their welfare. They may be safer and hotter inside a house, but they are happier outside. Their relationship with that medium and their social group of reference is what brings them closer and develops their true nature. They have chosen and we must respect their choice.
Another reason that drives people to want to rescue street cats is the belief that these animals live short and unhappy lives, an idea that has been and is maintained by many people. The truth is that the welfare of cats is in our hands and in the hands of administrations, and it is through these, supporting and promoting the ethical management of cat colonies by applying the CES project (Capture-Sterilize-Release) how we can help you. Feral cats share the city with people and administrations must take care of it and take the necessary measures for their care.
And if I find a kitten, what do I do?
When we meet a kitten we must make surethat is abandoned before catching him, sometimes the mother moves them to a safer place and for an unexpected moment she has to leave the baby momentarily on the road, but be sure that she will go looking for her as soon as she can and there is no one in front.
The cats are great mothers, very attentive. In the first weeks of life of the kittens, in which they are extremely vulnerable, they spend 90% of the time dedicated to their care.
It is important not to touch the kitten, move away from him and hide to leave room for the mother to go to pick him up, if we are in front of us the most likely thing is that she will not look for him, since for her that would be to take a risk which may involve his life and that of the rest of the litter.
We all know that the kittens with whom they are best is with their mother and their little brothers so we will wait a time, up to 12 and even 24 hours depending on the time, the time of the year, and the state of the kitten, with subtle vigilance so that the mother does not panic, before catching them.
Yes Finally we decided to catch him we have to be aware that carrying out a kitten is complicated and a big responsibility, so we will need time, patience and a lot of hand. In these cases, the ideal is to look for a cat that is breastfeeding its young to adopt, and if not, we have to give the bottle every 3-4 hours, help you make your needs and give warmth.
Regarding the feral kittens unless they need our help to be sick they should not be taken for adoption, since they have, as we have said, a home and a family. Also in these cases we have to take into account that the period of socialization of a kitten goes from 2 to 7 weeks of life, so if our intention is not to return it to its colony, for some reason of importance, we must try to socialize it from the moment we catch him for what we need patience and a lot of hand.