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Caring For a Stray Or Feral Cat – Feral Cat Shelter

Consider Adopting a Kitten from a Local Shelter!

Why, you might ask, is a “dog person” writing an article about cats? The answer is simple: feral cat colonies are blossoming in neighborhoods everywhere and in dog-populated neighborhoods like mine it is a problem not only for people but for canine household members too. These cats are not vaccinated and can carry any number of parasites and diseases, and it is a known fact that many dogs consider cat feces to be a delectable treat. If your dog finds and dines on kitty droppings, he, too, can become infected. Additionally, if these cats use your yard, rooftop, fence line or driveway as part of their daily thoroughfare, your dogs (if they are anything like mine) will live in a constant state of arousal as they patrol for cat invaders. Walking your dog through the neighborhood can become a challenge if he spies a hidden feline and charges off after it, particularly if he sees it and you do not… and if you are not prepared for the lunging and pulling, you may find yourself bumping behind him on your knees or feeling like you have just experienced a separated shoulder. So, how can you help solve this problem within your own neighborhood?

When you get the stray cat home, the first thing you should do is to bathe it. Do not bathe young kittens though if the mom cat is with them, as she will continue to clean them herself. Dry a cat after the bath with a clean towel. Have an ear mite drops available to use on their ears, as they will usually have ear mites. Use a cotton swab and moisten it with the eardrops. Swab out each ear, careful not to go into the ear canal too deeply. You may see black gunk on the cotton swab, which indicates ear mites. After you have cleaned the ears, then use the product as directed on the label. The usual dosage is 3 to 4 drops in each ear. The cat will shake its head when you are done. Trim the cat’s nails next by cutting off the tip. Have some “quick-stop” on hand in case you cut it too close to the wick. Use a flea dropper between the shoulders of the cat if it has fleas. Do not let the strays mingle with your other pets until they have been given a clean bill of health by a vet. Bring a stool specimen with your to the vets so that the vet can check the stool for parasites. The vet will check the cat for any physical abnormalities or diseases. Drawing a blood sample will check diseases such as AIDS and leukemia.

There is no fixed sum when it comes to a spaying and neutering cats price. It will vary from one veterinarian to another and a whole range of other variables. The size of the cat will make a difference. This is mainly due to the anaesthetic required. The sex of the cat will be a factor; the operation for a female cat is more involved than for a male and so therefore the cost is usually higher. The age of your pet may make a difference too. A usual amount to pay would be in the region of $60 to $70 for spaying and $50 to $60 for neutering.

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