What to do with a Found Cat or Kitten
Here at All About Cats, we are a cat hospital in Las Vegas. We do our part to help keep cats healthy and to help extend their lifespan. If you have found a kitten or cat, you may be wondering how you should care for it, what steps you should take to find the owner and what tips can help as you look to re-home the kitten or cat. Here is some information to help you get started.
Keep the found cat or kitten Isolated in your Home
For the safety of other pets in the house, it’s a good idea to keep the found cat in a separate room from any resident cats or dogs. Cats can have contagious upper respiratory virus or “flu,” intestinal parasites, skin infections like ringworm, the Feline Leukemia or Feline Aids Virus or ear mites. They should be given their own food and water dishes as well as their own litter box(s). An exam by a veterinarian can screen for these contagious issues and give the all-clear to introduce the new cat if desired. Being isolated away from other curious animals will help the cat to feel less stressed as well.
Check for a Microchip
If a cat goes missing, the first thing you should do is bring the cat to a vet. A vet can scan the cat for a microchip, which may help to identify the owner. Scanning a pet is free, so you do not have to worry about incurring any fees for being a good person and bringing the cat in. A vet can also look over the cat to ensure it is in relatively good health and provide you with an estimated age for the pet as well as determine if it’s female or male, neutered, or declawed.
Post Found Flyers
The next thing you want to do is get a few good pics of the cat and post found flyers in the area where you found the pet. Its also imperative that you get the word out online that you have found the cat, and search the lost advertisements to see if someone is looking for him or her. The best resource for online rescue groups in Las Vegas is VegasAnimalRescue.com. This site has tons of information and helpful ideas.
Some of the best online sites to post your “found” listing are Pawboost.com, Facebook.com and Nextdoor.com. Also consider posting found information on online classified websites, such as Craigslist. You can also place a free classified ad in the newspaper. You may also want to post flyers at community association offices, veterinary hospitals and pet stores.
Begin to Find a New Home
If you have not had any luck finding the owner in a week or two, you can begin the process of finding a home for the cat. Always charge a re-homing fee of at least $25 to $50 to help ensure the new owners can afford the pet. This also helps to weed out those who only want the animal to abuse it. Ask a possible new owner why they want a cat and what experience they have with cats. If you do not want to re-home a cat yourself, reach out to local non-kill groups to see if they can assist you with re-homing the lost cat.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are found a kitten or a cat, bring it to us here at All About Cats in Las Vegas, NV. We can scan the cat for a microchip and do an overall inspection to ensure the animal is healthy and uninjured. Contact us today at 702-257-3222 to schedule an appointment to bring in a stray cat. You can also find additional information at Vegas Animal Rescue.