BUDGETING STRAY CAT ADOPTION

Junior loves to educate people on adopting stray cats.

First of all, I would like to mention this right from the start: The Stray Cats And Feral Cats are NOT THE SAME type of cats!

The primary difference is that Stray Cats have left the human environment and may have lost interest in human companionship, but are still open to it, and The Feral Cats never experienced human companionship and are not that eager to start any friendships.

Because the author of this article is a die hard kitty fan, and has successfully adopted, raised and re-homed a few rescued cats, you can be sure that it will be a straight to the point advice that you are about to receive.



In this article I will be concentrating on financial aspects of adopting a new cat. And since my whole life is now dedicated to saving the stray cats, it is assumed that the cats I will be talking about were not purchased from a breeder, a pet store, or even from the shelter etc. I am concentrating on the stray cats and stray cats only. You know, those kitties on the street, that have been wondering around long enough to forget their relationship with humans, yet still crave the shelter and company. Please, understand that stray cats and feral cats are not the same.

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The cost of the first 3 months

Though, of course, the circumstances may vary, and situations and cats are different. I have been tweaking this for a while and came up with more or less general costs, tailored to the average situation. The calculator will only add the minimum costs.

  • Veterinary expenses

Regardless of the situation, the vet appointment must be scheduled as soon as you decide you will provide shelter (even temporary) in your house. This becomes crucially important if you have younger children or any other pets.

The average “Health Check Intake” varies in cost from $ 35.00 to $ 145.00 (totally depends on your location). This Intake appointment will not include any vaccines or meds. Try to set an appointment with a regular vet, not the emergency clinic. Their rates are, typically, higher.

It is pretty much inevitable that you will have to get your new find vaccinated right away. If your new baby is a kitten, be pretty much 99% prepared to also get the anti-mites and fleas treatments. This will all cost you between $ 45.00 and $ 200.00 on your first appointment. The mite treatments must be repeated a month later. So, imminent, a second appointment for vaccines will add another $ 45.00 to $ 200.00

Consider yourself very lucky if your new find is spayed or neutered. Because otherwise, you will have to pick up the following costs:

Neutering: $ 50.00 – $ 100.00 Spaying: $ 100.00 – $ 200.00

If it is determined that you kitty will need any medication, be prepared to fork out anything between $ 50.00 and $ 300.00

So, we are looking at approximately $ 225.00 – $ 275.00 for starters.

  • Food

Just because the kitty was found on the street, does not mean that they should be eating the human dinner scraps. There is a ton of human food that is just plain harmful to the felines.

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If you are on a tight budget, any supermarket cat food deal will do. Do not shop in the convenience stores/gas stations, unless absolutely necessary. Sometimes the single can of food costs twice as much at the convenience store/gas station vs. supermarket/food store.

Since the kitty is new to you (especially, if it is a small kitten), you will have to try both types of food – dry and wet. Wet food is much more expensive. Choose wisely. Please, check the expiry date if buying in a convenience store/gas station.

Average cost of combined wet and dry food per week for a kitten: $ 10.00 Try to get the kitty used to the fact that the wet food is a treat as soon as possible. So, the first 3 months will cost you between $ 100.00 and $ 200.00, depending on the size, medical condition and the age of your cat.



Everything else

Litter and Litter box. An absolute must, unless you planning on having your kitty use the enclosed outdoors area. But if you have an old plastic container, you can use it for a box for the first time. If the edges are too tall, the plastic can be easily cut with a knife or scissors. If you do decide to buy a box, places like Wallmart will have them for much cheaper than a specialty pet store. Remember, that the cat needs to do its business. Yes, it does smell. But buying a fancy self-cleaning box is really not that necessary. Just scoop on time. $ 5.00 – $ 10.00

To save money on litter, shop for the scoop ble type. Just don’t be lazy! $ 9.00 – $ 12.00 per bag (some last up to a month)

Toys. Cats can amuse themselves with pretty much anything if in playful mode. Don’t go too much overboard. Limit yourself to $ 20.00 in new toys. That’s plenty.

Honestly, I can not really think about too much to add here. Any food container will do as dishes. The only item I would insist on, is a pet fountain. Your kitty needs plenty of clean, fresh water. Approximate cost varies. between $ 19.00 and $ 45.00 (plus you will need the replaceable filters here and there).

As far as the fancy dishes, beds, etc… It is really up to you. They are not a necessity.

So, approximately, the budget for the first 3 months will be starting at $ 300.00

Regardless of what you decision is – save that cat! Even if you can not afford it yourself, there are fosters, no kill shelters and other ways available. Please, do not leave the kitty to die on the street.

Picking Up A Stray Cat (Kitten) Into Your Arms

First, – know the difference between the stray cat and a feral cat!

norwegian forest cat kitten
Nine, one of the Catooges at the age of 4 months.

If you think this cat is a stray, then first of all, it needs to be fed! Let it taste the food and enjoy it a little. You do not want to stress the kitty more, you want it to start thinking she did find a good place again!

Place the food in a manner where you can approach the cat from the front. Hungry cat NEVER backs away from food, but will run if suspects danger from behind or the side.

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Have a blanket or a thick towel ready. Place the towel on your stretched in front of you arms, but do not cover the palms.

Slowly reach out with your palms open. Slowly raise yourself so that you can be at about 45 degree angle. Always sweet talk to the cat! The strays DO detect the changes in tone. They crave the Love.



Once sure that you can drop the towel over the body, do so quickly and raise the cat with both hands, keeping the towel wrapped up around the belly, and closer to the hind legs.

Join the palms, thus wrapping the towel under and maintaining the firm grip on the belly. A this time the longer end of the towel that was resting closer to the elbows in your arms is still covering the kitty eyes. So, you have a few moments to act. Cats become a little fruzzled when they are crowded. But only for a second or two.

Make sure to keep your face at a safe distance. Slowly position your hands so that they now cover the kitty’s elbow. Place the kitty in your lap. See what she will be doing next. If she really is trying to escape, let her go, Could be a feral cat or you stressed her out too much. If latter, she will come back again.

At all times, make sure that there are no little kids around, or anybody who is just trying to “pet the kitty”. No palms approaches from down towards! Only stretched and opened palms.

If the kitty is settled right away, you can be pretty sure she was desperately looking for s shelter. Please, give her one.

xoxo, Nine