OKAY SO STORY TIME REAL QUICK
this cat showed up at a neighbor’s house about 6 months ago, and my neighbors have been feeding her since. she always shows up at 6am and 6-7pm respectively for some good noms. she is a little girl, and has been declawed (and so we assume spayed since their boy cat has no interest in her.) obviously she used to belong to someone but has been abandoned. we thought that she might be someone’s cat for a while as did our neighbors, but even after putting an ad out for her they have received no calls. her fur is matted so its unlikely that she belongs to anyone.
HERE’S THE QUESTION. do any of my watchers have experience bringing a stray into their homes? we really want to adopt her, and the neighbor’s wife has gotten close to the cat and can lift her, pet her, etc. so we would put her into a cage (with a lot of screaming i am sure) and take her asap to the vet to be checked for fleas and worms, bathed, etc.
i have never been a cat owner, but my girlfriend has. regardless, we’d both love some advice if anyone has any available for how to make this little lady feel at home when she has been on the lam for 6 months or more!
I’d take her to the vet first thing and get her checked over. Get the most stressful task out of the way first. You’ll need to bring a stool sample in order to get her checked for parasites. Aside from that, give her food, water, and time to acclimate and she’ll be fine. Kitties are pretty frightened by new things/places/people, so give her a dark, quiet place she can call her own and retreat to when she gets scared. She could hide for a day or for months, but I’d expect a bit of skittishness no matter how friendly she is outdoors. :3 The vet will be able to guess her age, tell you whether or not she’s been spayed, and answer your other questions. Good luck with kitties~ !! So much lovvvvuuu~