If you have found kittens, click here to go to a page that has information specific to stray kittens.
If you are looking for a new home for your pet, we will not be able to assist you directly. Our rescue focuses on stray and abandoned cats. We do not take in people's pets, unless the cats were originally adopted from us. If you need to return a cat that was adopted from Stray Cat Blues, click here. Otherwise, we ask you to first reconsider if there is a way for you to keep your cat. If the issue is behavioral, please see our Resources page (click here) or search online for other information. If you cannot resolve your issue, then we do have a list of other Area Shelters and Rescue Groups (click here). Here is also a page with ideas to place the cat yourself into a new home - click here. You may also want to try Get Your Pet (click here), or Adopt a Pet Rehome (click here).
The next step is to assess whether the cats are friendly or feral. Friendly cats can generally be petted, picked up. They meow and purr and seek out attention. Feral cats in contrast may seem skittish, hissy, or aggressive. They may not let you get too close to them.
For feral cats, we recommend Trap Neuter Return. To see information on this topic, click here to go to our TNR page. If you just want to deter feral cats from your yard, click here for a list of humane suggestions.
If the cat is friendly, we recommend that you bring the cat inside if you haven't already. (Click herefor information and links to trapping information.) This may seem difficult or impossible to do, but remember this arrangement is only temporary. Consider keeping the rescued cats/kittens in a spare room, basement, or garage. They can be confined in your house inside a large cage, dog crate or cat playpen if you need to restrict their access to other areas of your home. We can offer advice and assistance on trapping a wary or frightened cat. We have a few traps that can be loaned out with a refundable deposit. Don't forget to provide the cat with a litterbox and food/water. You should keep the rescued cat separate from any pet cats that you have in your home until the cat can be checked by a vet.
You will then want to try to place the cat, either with a rescue or directly into a home. Click here for a page with information about how to try to place a cat directly. Click here for a list of Area Rescues and Shelters, or see the link at the bottom of this page. Contact rescues in your immediate area. The more places that you contact the more likely to find a placement. If you are in our service area (Bucks and Montgomery Counties and the immediately surrounding areas), then you can contact us to see if one of our foster homes has space to take in the cat(s). Click here to fill out an Intake Request Form.
If you are placing a cat directly into a home, please be aware that sadly there are people out there who would want to take a cat and harm or kill him. Never offer a cat "free to a good home", as these cats are easy prey to these disturbed types of people. (Cats have been sold to labs, fed to snakes, or used for dog fighting bait.) When placing a cat, check vet references. A person who genuinely wants to give the cat a good home will understand your wanting to be careful.
We do our best to help cats in our community. Be aware though that we receive in many more requests each week to take in cats and kittens than we are able to accommodate. So we cannot guaranty that we will be able to take cats that you contact us about. If we are able to take a cat, our foster home may contact you directly to make arrangements.
If you cannot find a placement for the cat immediately, keep trying. Space in rescue groups tends to be fluid as cats are adopted out and new cats are accepted. Also, reconsider if you can find space in your heart and home to keep the cat yourself.
If you cannot find a placement and the cat must remain outside -
If the cats/kittens must remain outside please provide them with food, water, and suitable shelter. An insulated, weatherproof box should be placed slightly off the ground in a protected area. Use straw inside for comfort and additional warmth - NOT blankets, which retain moisture and make it colder. The door opening should only be large enough for the cats to enter.
Female cats can have as many as three litters a year. If your rescued cats will remain outside, you should get them spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Click here for a list of low-cost spay and neuter clinics.
It's extremely important to get the rescued cats vaccinated for rabies, especially if they will remain outside. In some counties, the Health Department requires any animal with a wound of unknown origin to be either euthanized and tested for rabies or quarantined for six months at your expense. If the cats are scratched, bitten, or injured outside and not current with the rabies vaccination, they may end up being euthanized.
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