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Taking in a Stray Cat Safely

The first thing you need to do is make sure that cat you're welcoming is really homeless. Your next step should be to take it to your veterinary clinic for a thorough checkup, deworming and vaccinations. Stray cats are often in poor health. Very common are three fatal diseases:

  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
  • Feline Leukemia

These diseases are highly contagious by contact and fighting between cats. Other common health problems in strays are:

  • Respiratory disease
  • Intestinal worms
  • Tick and flea infestation
  • And ear mites
- All of which could be passed on to other pets you may own.

Looks can be deceiving. Even if the cat appears to be in good health, don't skip the exam. You don't want to risk bringing diseases into your household that your healthy pets are going to pick up.

We offer special feline vaccine packages and affordable combo tests to insure a healthy start for your new addition.