Since the age of a stray cat is not easily known, mark down when you first start seeing that stray. Most strays are difficult to tell the age except if you see that stray kitten being born. Another way is if you know someone who saw the cat before the litter was born and then again after the kittens are born. If you see adult cats consider the fact that their nutrition has not been good. It can then be considered that the adult cat might have some dental problems. These dental problems can actually create very bad health problems. Consider giving a stray cat some moist food which will be easier on an adult cat's mouth.People
People never know how a stray cat has been treated prior to that stray coming to their property for food. Allow the stray to eat food when no person is close to the stray until it is confirmed that stray is safe to be close to. Do not surprise a stray cat because you do not know how that stray cat will behave. It is an animal's instinct to protect themselves. Cats can scratch, growl, hiss and bite too. Observe a stray cat from a safe distance until you know you will be safe moving closer to that strange unknown animal.
Some people say not to feed stray cats because that encourages them to come around where there is food. Of course that is very true about cats finding food and going where they can eat. Feeding stray cats is a humane thing to do and helps the strays get somewhat domesticated to living with people. Strays can be domesticated if a person wants to be patient enough to get a stray cat to like people. One sure fire way of domesticating a stray cat is to begin leaving food out, when you think the stray will be around to ear that food. Do not leave moist food out for over a day since it can become contaminated and hurt or kill a hungry stray.
Do not use a broom, shovel or other long handled tool on stray cats. This behavior is threatening to a stray cat and they will act aggressive toward that tool and the person too. Talk in a soft voice when you are around a stray cat. Avoid loud voices and sudden movements. Stray cats have a history with people that you might not know. This history can make being friends with stray cats a long process. Avoid giving cats milk since their digestive systems do not process that dairy well. Over years too many additives in milk make it a bad thing for stray cats.
It is really necessary for people to be very patient with stray cats. It might take weeks, months and even years for the stray to trust you. You can begin that trusting focus by feeding the stray and not touching that cat. It might be necessary to offer food and not allow your hand to be down by the feeding dish for quite some time. This allows the stray to eat without humans close. The stray will sometime learn you are not going to hurt them. Be patient and wait until the stray cat permits you to touch it. Don't rush that process.
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