If you take in a stray or feral cat, you may have difficulty getting the cat to adjust to indoor life. If you let the cat continue to stay outside most of the time, she may end up having litter after litter of kittens. Prevent this by having your cat spayed. You can find affordable places to have cats spayed, so even if you don't intend to keep the cat as an indoor pet, you'll help control the feral cat population and possibly save your cat from injury and health complications of being in heat and having kittens in the wild. Here are a few things to know about spaying your stray cat:
Train The Cat To Get In A Carrier
You'll need to get the cat in a carrier to take her to a vet's office. You can partially tame the cat by slowly getting closer and closer at feeding time. If you feed the cat in or near the carrier, you might be able to lure her inside that way. If not, you may be able to pick her up and put her inside once she is used to you handling her. Transporting a feral cat in a car won't be fun for you or the cat, but you can feel good that you're doing the right thing.
Talk To The Vet About Vaccinations
When you make the appointment for spaying the cat, talk to the veterinarian about vaccinations that may be needed first. Explain you want to spay a cat that is feral or stray and you know nothing about the cat's history. The vet will probably want to examine the cat first to assess her overall health. The vet may require basic vaccinations to be given several days in advance of the spaying surgery, so you'll want to plan the vet visits in advance.
Prepare A Safe Place For Recovery
Life on the streets is tough for cats and your cat may not feel like protecting herself when she recovers after surgery. Your vet will provide instructions on care and feeding. Basic care involves providing a quiet and safe place for a day or two where the cat can recover in peace. You may need to limit meals during that time and keep the cat in a dry place so the incision doesn't get wet. Hopefully, by the time you're ready to take the cat to be spayed, you'll have tamed her well enough that she will be comfortable staying indoors. After staying inside and recuperating for a few days, your new pet may find she likes the indoor life and prefers to spend time inside for the long term.
Contact a company like All Creatures Animal Hospital for more information and assistance.