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7 Simple Ways to Help Cats in Need
1 to 3 were part of yesterday's post, here at House Panthers. Today we conclude the article.
4. Foster and find a home.
Fostering can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for both you and the rescued cat. (Just ask Not the Mama how rewarding it was to foster Calli!)
"It's important to have a setup where rescued kitties will be isolated from other cats in your household for a while," says Nancy Peterson, Feral Cat Program Manager with The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C "Be sure to socialize the cats and kittens and get them used to having their nails clipped, being held and having their ears checked."
When they're ready for adoption, create fliers and newspaper ads with irresistable photos and descriptions of the cats, and spread the word to friends, family and co-workers.
5. Spay and neuter.
All rescued cats should be spayed or neutered to prevent future generations of homeless cats from being born, but it's a little more of a challenge when the cat isn't tame.
"Let's say that you find a feral cat," Castle says. "You won't be able to touch it or bring it inside, but it still needs to be fIXed. The trap-neuter-return (TNR) technique should be used to capture the cat in a humane trap, get it fixed, return it to its environment and provide it with ongoing food and water."
A complete guide to TNR can be found at www.alleycat.org. Also, www.spayusa.org lists free spay and neuter options.
"The thing that people don't realize is that cats can get pregnant at just 4 to 5 months of age and also can become pregnant while nursing a litter of kittens," Peterson says.
6. Adopt the cat yourself.
"If you find a stray cat, if you're willing and able to keep it, that's a lovely option," Peterson says. It's also a popular option: 33 percent of people obtain their cats and kittens as strays, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey.
"It's common for people to find cats that show up on their doorsteps, and then when they help, it's a wonderful thing to do for the animal and the person," Castle says. "They often find it's the best cat they've ever had."
7. Help stop the cycle of animal homelessness.
Unless you want to find lots more cats on your doorstep, educate your neighbors, friends and family about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
Last but not least, give yourself a pat on the back for helping a cat in need!