Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 44
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    US
    Posts
    1,708
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0

    Is it safe to adopt a stray cat?

    I have a cat that comes to my door, begging for food and attention.. It doesn't seem to belong to anyone.. I keep feeding the cat.. Is it safe for my dog if I let the cat come in and live? Any diseases I should be worried about?

    Thanks!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    9,269
    vCash
    567
    Rep Power
    3372
    It's possible. Can you keep them separated until you can take the cat into the vet for a checkup?
    "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm -- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." – T.S. Eliot

  3. #3
    Quadless
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Celebrating the power of Pooh
    Posts
    15,019
    vCash
    325
    Rep Power
    37055
    Your highest risk is probably fleas (the only disease that is communicable between cats and dogs that I can think of is rabies, and I'm sure your dog has been vaccinated), but I would suggest that your first step be taking the cat to your vet to have him / her inspected and vaccinated. Your vet can also check the cat for a microchip, on the off chance that the cat is actually someone's pet.

    I've taken in a few strays over the years and I have to say they make the best pets because they are so grateful to have a home. Let us know how it works out.
    "I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence

  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    My house
    Posts
    4,839
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    13314
    as long as you don't have any other cats it should be safe to bring it in. if you DO have other cats, i would have the cat checked for feline leukemia first just to be safe. as far as i know, feline leukemia can't be spread to a dog. if you are feeding the cat, it probably already thinks you belong to it though.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    the rink of course!
    Posts
    3,212
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    830
    Has your dog met the cat? What kind of dog? If your dog is OK with the cat's presence - not a problem. If dog is aggressive you may want to take kitty to a shelter. Is kitty scared of the dog? My kitty isn't scared of anything!
    "awwww....shades of Janet Lynn" - Dick Button on anyone who makes more than one mistake in their program.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    North Dakota
    Age
    33
    Posts
    3,126
    vCash
    480
    Rep Power
    35
    The one kitty we "adopted" off our doorstep turned out to be the sweetest cat ever. And I second the suggestion to take it to a vet to get it checked out for fleas/whatever and a microchip. And if you do decide to adopt it, you might want to consider getting it fixed if you will be letting it outside and don't want new little additions.

  7. #7
    Tranquillo
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    behind the gruppetto
    Posts
    24,923
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    32049
    The garden kitty, an adopted stray that kept showing up at my back door, says it's a wonderful idea! But I agree that it's a good idea to try to keep the cat separated from the dog until you take it to a vet for a check up.
    "The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Not after the same people as Theatregirl
    Posts
    21,885
    vCash
    350
    Rep Power
    32672
    Two strays adopted my sister when she first moved to Las Vegas. They both tested positive for feline leukemia, but one lived with her for another ten years.

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    US
    Posts
    1,708
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Thanks Everyone! I will take her to the vet. My dog is a 5 months old lab puppy and yes she is up to date on all of her shots.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Age
    47
    Posts
    17,918
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    30599
    That is a good thing to do. Good luck with the kitty.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    in the zone!!!
    Posts
    5,535
    vCash
    1654
    Rep Power
    0
    I've had 3 strays and they were all the best cats I ever had. I would have the kitty checked out. Then enjoy the love you will get.

  12. #12
    From the Bloc
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    California, I wish
    Posts
    17,298
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    10397
    Very interested to hear what people have to say, particularly about bringing a stray into a house that already has indoor cats - please keep sharing everyone!

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Plotting
    Age
    49
    Posts
    10,330
    vCash
    510
    Rep Power
    0
    The strays we've brought home or who just showed up outside have always been vet checked first. Dad worked at an apartment building and was always bringing home a stray. One kitten had ringworm. That was an interesting time. I only found out I had gotten it from her when my arms started glowing in the UV section of the garden center. Easily cured once I saw my doc though...

    But, every stray has been wonderful. Our most recent additions have been dumped kittens, 1 was bottle fed and the other was a friend's rescue (she found the very pregnant momma cat at the local Dairy Queen). All the cats get along well, the 2 most recent sleep next to each other every night. There's random hissing near the food bowl, but even the dogs are tolerant of the littlest one. Or she's pushy, not sure which.

    ks - what will you be naming her?

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    North Dakota
    Age
    33
    Posts
    3,126
    vCash
    480
    Rep Power
    35
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    Very interested to hear what people have to say, particularly about bringing a stray into a house that already has indoor cats - please keep sharing everyone!
    I guess for us, it wasn't a huge problem. Yeah, the cats we already had weren't too jazzed about the idea of another one. But everything was mostly normal within 2 weeks of introduction. They just have to have time to get used to one another and figure out that they can indeed live in the same house and not kill each other. But it should be mentioned that if you bring a kitten into a house that already has a fully grown cat, you should watch them a little more closely.

  15. #15

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Vancouver Canada
    Age
    55
    Posts
    12,679
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    9801
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    Very interested to hear what people have to say, particularly about bringing a stray into a house that already has indoor cats - please keep sharing everyone!
    We adopted a cat from the SPCA a few years ago and have a dog as well as a cat. He was an 8 year old male who looked like a Russian Gray (gorgeous!!) and had been found a stray, so no past history was available.

    He did not like living with another cat and a dog and immediately decided to check out the neighbours. It didn't him too long to adopt one of them - and she promptly fell in love with him. A few months later we gave him to her permanently and he and she remain besotted. And I can only admire his handsome self from next door.

  16. #16

    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    9,526
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    1694
    Do consider adopting the cat, following the cautions others have stated.

    Also, please do take foto of this cat and put Posters/Flyers in your area, and call local Animal Shelters/Animal Care and control to check if anyone has lost a cat by such description.
    Once I took in a cat, thinking it is stray. Same story, came to ask for food and water.... Turned out to be a cat from 5 blocks away and the owner was looking for him.

  17. #17

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    City of Blinding Light
    Posts
    15,867
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    10901
    I second what Tinami said - you don't actually know that this is a stray cat. It could simply be a neighborhood cat, who knows to go where the gettin' is good re: food. So if you do decide to take the kitty in, make sure you try to find potential owners first.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

  18. #18
    Beach Bum
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Maryland burbs and shore
    Posts
    13,090
    vCash
    583
    Rep Power
    9792
    We have had 4 strays and 2 adopted through foster homes. 4 were very loving pets. 2 were unadoptable by anyone other than a true cat lover who doesn't need the cat to be a lap cat. With the ones who just wandered up, I posted a Found flyer with photos all over the neighborhood, and in the internet years, posted it on our neighborhood list serv. I also posted a copy at the vet in the neighborhood and emailed the photo to local SPCA and rescue places in case someone asked there about a lost cat.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

  19. #19
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    US
    Posts
    1,708
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I know this is a stray cat because my neighbor told me that a family left this cat behind when they moved away. He is the one told me that he wished someone would take her in.. then the cat started to come to my door begging for food and attention.. when I got a puppy.. I will ask my vet to see if I can borrow a cage or basket so I can take her in for a check up.

  20. #20

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    City of Blinding Light
    Posts
    15,867
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    10901
    Quote Originally Posted by ks777 View Post
    I know this is a stray cat because my neighbor told me that a family left this cat behind when they moved away. He is the one told me that he wished someone would take her in.. then the cat started to come to my door begging for food and attention.. when I got a puppy.. I will ask my vet to see if I can borrow a cage or basket so I can take her in for a check up.
    Then excellent!

    A neighbor might have a cat carrier as well, so you could ask around if that helps you.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •