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Can I Take A Stray Cat To The Vet?

You can take a stray cat to the vet, and should do so if you are comfortable with it. A stray cat is one that is homeless or lost versus a feral cat that is unsocialized and cannot be handled by people. By taking a stray cat to the vet, the veterinarian will be able to scan for a microchip and check the overall health of the cat.

Scanning For A Microchip

One of the most important reasons to bring a stray cat to the vet is to check if the cat is microchipped. If he is chipped, the owner of the cat can be contacted. If he is not chipped, you can ask your vet about the proper next step. Different regions have different rules - for example, some areas require you to report the cat to animal control and some areas may insist you bring the cat to an animal shelter for a holding period.

What Kind Of Vet Care Does A Stray Cat Need?

When a cat lives most of his life with humans and then becomes homeless or lost, he may have a hard time because he isn't used to fending for himself. He may be malnourished, have a matted coat, or not have the proper up-to-date vaccinations that protect him from other cats with FiV, wildlife with rabies, etc. Your vet can evaluate any ailments the cat has and begin treatment.

Rehoming A Stray Cat

Many times, stray cats are used to and enjoy human interaction, making them good candidates for adoption. Once you are sure that you've followed the proper procedure in your area for dealing with a stray cat, you can choose to adopt him or rehome him.

If you choose to help him find a new home, one helpful resource is Rehome. You can create a profile for the cat that will appear on Adopt-a-Pet.com for millions of potential adopters to see. You'll also find tips for interviewing potential adopters, a contract for legal transferring of ownership, and much more.

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