May 2017 Issue

What to Know Before Adopting a Stray

He may be lost, abandoned or born to a feral cat, so be be patient, stay safe and look for signs he wants a home

“You also don’t know if that cat belongs to another neighbor and is an indoor-outdoor cat who is a moocher who makes his rounds getting breakfast at one house and lunch at another,” says Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, Ph.D., former president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and professor emeritus at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “This cat may be lost, abandoned or born in the streets to a feral cat. That’s why it is important to be patient, keep yourself safe and look for signs that this cat needs and wants a home.”

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