Cornwall Mammal Group

How to Take Care of a Stray Cat

If you're a cat lover, you'll agree that it's impossible to ignore a feline stretched out in the sun gazing at you with those mysterious yet mischievous eyes. It's as if there's a power drawing you to pet it that you can't ignore.

Yes, cat lovers are a breed of their own and find it irresistible to ignore a feline. Whether it's yours or somebody else’s, is beside the point. You want to give it love, a gentle stroke and win them over into a purr, right?

If you stumble across a stray cat, all the above urges turn into an overprotective mode, and you'll want to save the kitty no matter what it takes. There are a few pointers to keep in mind if you should ever find yourself in this position.

Let's take a look at a few steps to consider before running off into the sunset with your new companion.

Make Sure the Cat Is a Stray

The last thing anybody needs is to be known as a cat-napper in the local neighbourhood. Even if the cat isn't wearing a collar, make sure to have it checked for a microchip.

Prepare a Hideout Space

Cat's don't enjoy change and can get very agitated when moved to new surroundings. You must create a safe space where the cat can hideout for the first few days until it feels safe. You can use a box or an empty cupboard and line it with a soft towel or blanket.

Plan a New Routine

Pets are a big responsibility. They're a part of the family, and you need to plan your schedule around the new addition to your home. Adopting a stray cat will require a strategy, much like when you're trading.

You'll need to arrange all the necessary vet visits, buy the right food for its age and arrange a litter box.

Arrange a Visit to the Vet

Arrange a visit to your local veterinarian for an overall check-up. Your vet will also be able to give you an estimated age of the cat. That'll help you better provide and take care of it.

Pet's have different needs and behaviours at various ages. Knowing as much about its health will help you prepare better.

Introduce it to Other Pets

If you have other pets, you should make sure that the stray cat will adapt to them. It'll be wise to do this before making your final decision about adopting it permanently.

If your other pets are comfortable with the new cat, it'll still take a while for the stray to settle in ultimately. Be patient and take it slow.

Budget for the New Expenses

Now that you're ready to make a full-time commitment make sure that you budget for the newcomer's monthly expenses. Be sure to plan for a healthy diet and if it's possible, consider pet insurance.


Taking in a stray pet is a joyful experience if you follow a few trusted steps to ensure you'll both be happy with the new arrangement. Pet's are family, not toys, and need careful consideration each time you plan for a new member. If you do it right, it'll bring you both much joy.

12 Feb 2021