If you are curious about what to do with stray cats in your local neighborhood, then you might find our checklist for helping community cats helpful.
- One of the biggest mistakes I often see is when people see a litter of kittens that have been abandoned and decide to rescue them. When doing this you want to first check to see if the kittens look healthy, if they are newly born or look healthy then they likely have a mama cat taking care of them. If they look like they are in a safe place then leave them there and the mama cat will be back soon. She may also be watching you from a distance if she is scared.
- Another big question people ask is about What To Do About Feral Cats and you can check out this article for more information but here it is in a nutshell. Feral cats are also known as wild cats that do not easily trust people. The best way to help these feral cats or kittens is to leave dry food and water out on your front porch so they are staying healthy and soon they will learn to trust and one of your neighbors will likely take them in and give them a home.
- Then there is the question of what to do with stray cats in your local neighborhood. Strays are often previous pets of someone that could not take care of them. I like to call these community cats and essentially that is what they are. They are not used to catching mice for food and rely on the community to put out cat food for them.
These are just a few of the ways you can help the cats in your community. Remember that just because a shelter is a no kill shelter doesn’t mean they won’t euthanize cats. The no kill policy only applies if they have room for the cat. Also, if a cat is too old or limping it may not be considered adoptable and would be put to sleep. So, it may be better just to let some strays live in the neighborhood.