Many people make the mistake of thinking that all stray cats should be taken to a Veterinarians Clinic and put to sleep right away because they have no home and no owner. Having stray cats in your neighborhood can actually be a good thing. Stray cats help to cut down on the rodent population in an area and can actually prevent too many cats or dogs from taking over the neighborhood because they are so territorial. Below is a guide to help you learn what to do, if you find a stray cat in your neighborhood.

Determine If the Cat is Spayed or Neutered
Many Veterinarians Clinics will spay or neuter stray cats and then allow them to be released back into the wild. Stray cats that are spayed or neutered will not be able to reproduce, which means you do not have to worry about the cats taking over your neighborhood. A cat that has been spayed or neutered will often have a small notch cut into their ear. This allows you to easily identify that the cat has been fixed without having to get too close to them.

How to Capture a Stray Cat
If you want to take a stray cat to have it spayed or neutered, you need to transport it to the veterinarian office. Place some highly fragrant food inside of a cat carrier. Wait for the cat to get inside of the create to eat the food and then hour can lock the door behind him or her. You do not want to pick up the cat because you do not know if he or she is sick. A scratch or a bite from a stray cat could cause you to become very ill.

How to Release a Stray Cat
After the cat has had their surgery, the vet will release him or her to you. You need to carry the cat in the cat carrier again and then place the carrier on the ground, once you have arrived at your desired destination. Open the door to the carrier and the cat should scurry out.

Knowing how to handle a stray cat situation is important. If you have any questions or want more information about stray cats, visit Hshv.org. You can learn a plethora of information so that you can make an informed decision about what to do with a stray cat.