A stray white cat rest by a wall.

What to Do if You Find a Lost Cat

Concerned cat lovers are always eager to help out when they find unattended animals. With the appropriate precautions, it’s often safe and easy to do just that.

Feral Cats, Strays, and Lost Cats

Not all wandering felines will happily welcome the love and support of a concerned cat lover. While friendly strays are usually familiar with (or at least receptive to) human attention, some cats have not experienced successful socialization. As such, they’re far less approachable and tend to necessitate taking precautions.

Feral cats have had little to no human contact. Stray cats generally show more trust in people. Many have had human caretakers to provide for them at one point, though time on their own could lead them to become fully feral. Lost cats have recently become separated from their owners. These cats probably have people keen to locate them and your attention could help make a speedy reunion possible.

Signs a Cat Is Feral

If you’ve got a feral cat hanging around your home, it’s best not to take matters into your own hands. Consider reaching out to a local rescue group or animal control authority. They may suggest attempting to capture the cat and bringing them in to be spayed or neutered.

Alternatively, if the cat is young enough for effective socialization, the organization may be able to accept the cat, provide care, and put them up for adoption.

Handling a Lost or Stray Cat

Feral cats may not want or need your help, but here’s how to safely lend a hand and, hopefully, find a home for your new feline friend.

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