Keeping a Cat that Just Shows Up

What Would You Do if a Cat Just Showed Up at Your House?

Maybe the cat was a gift.

Maybe it is a stray that is hungry.

Maybe it was dropped off because the previous owner knew it would receive the care it needed.

What should you do? Keep it? Look for the previous owner?

Maybe it got lost.

Maybe it was traveling with its owner and ran away from the rest stop when it was scared by a strange dog.

Maybe the previous owner had a new baby in the house and the cat no longer felt loved.

Maybe you will never know what happened.

What You Should Know

Cats are definitely low maintenance pets when compared to many other options for domestic pets. Some are attention seekers and demand a good amount of affection from their owners. Others tend to be loners and prefer to be alone most of the time.

If all your human family members are at work or in school full time, you may want to consider adding one more cat to the family so there is a companion for the first. This is especially true for kittens left alone for extended periods. Kittens are easily bored and will get into mischief if left to their own devices for too long at a time. For healthy  psychological development of your feline pets, they need companionship of another cat or frequent human interaction.

Kittens should have plenty of room to run and play. They need opportunities to explore and satisfy their natural curiosity. Investing in one or two cat trees or cat scratching posts will help to save your furniture as well as provide your kitties with a way to take proper care of their claws.

It is commonly believed that cats which live strictly indoors live longer lives than those which have access to the great outdoors.  The idea being that indoor kitties aren’t as likely to be exposed to unhealthy bacteria, dogs, cars, various other cats which increases the risk of injury, infection, and early death.

Cats should not be released to roam outdoors. They can be leash trained and should be taken on walks to relieve their boredom and satisfy their curious nature.  Many localities have leash laws — check your local laws so you will know for sure.

If your neighbors find your cat digging in their favorite flowerbed or chasing away the birds from the bird feeder, you may find yourself in court trying to explain why your cat was out alone and not on a leash.

If your cat does go outside, be sure to check at least once a day for scratches or any indication of injury or infection. Even a mild scratch can become infected and cause an abscess.  Just a short cat fight can inflict anything from a light scratch across the nose or ear to major slashes that require stitches. Sometimes a bite will not become visible until it swells as a result of a deep infection that causes an abscess. If you see something that was not there yesterday, it would probably be a good idea to have a veterinarian check it out.

If your cat has been declawed, it really should never go outside unattended. Cats’ claws are a primary form of self-protection. Without claws, if attacked, they are left with only their teeth for defense. Put them on a leash and take them for a walk. But NEVER let them out alone!

Cats are meat-eaters by nature. Some commercial cat food is healthier for your feline friend than other brands. It is best to avoid any cat food in which the first two or three ingredients include grain of any type. The first two or three ingredients should be meat, chicken, or turkey. Cats do not have a requirement for vegetables or grain. Talk with your pet’s veterinarian about any particular nutritional needs your cat may have.

Kittens needs kitten food until at least 12 months of age. From one year to seven years of age, most cats will do fine on adult/mature cat food. After the age of seven years, a cat is considered to be “elderly” or “senior” and should be changed to cat food designed for the older cat.  If your cat has renal (kidney) problems, she will need to be on a special diet.  If your cat has diabetes, you will need to control how much kitty eats at one time. Talk to your veterinarian about your kitty’s particular needs.

Your cat needs a good, clean  water supply available at all times. Most cats prefer to drink running water.  A good way to provide running water without running up your water bill is to get a water fountain starter kit.

Cats that have longer hair need to be groomed daily to avoid matted hair. Start this daily brushing in kitten-hood so the kitten will learn to love this daily routine. Even cats with short hair should be brushed at least once a week to help prevent “hair balls.”

If your cat arrives on your doorstep as either a gift or a stray looking for a hand out, you should immediately have the cat checked by a veterinarian and obtain  vaccinations at the appropriate age.  When old enough, the kitten/cat should be spayed/neutered to prevent many behavioral problems as well as unwanted litters of baby kittens for you to raise and find homes for.

If your newly acquired feline happens to be less than a month old, your kitten will need to be fed with a bottle every few hours and must be kept warm. They cannot fend for themselves until they are old enough to drink milk from a saucer and to eat kitten food. They will learn to use a kitten sized litter box very early — given the opportunity.

Most cats, if introduced correctly to a new household, will become loving members of the family. If they receive love, food, water, fresh litter, and gentle handling, they will likely return the love in their own feline way. If you learn their language, you will be able to differentiate the meanings of the various tones of their meow.

If you have other pets already in the house, introduce them gradually.  Here is a link to an excellent article on how to introduce a new cat to the other household pets.

This article has provided practical tips on what to do if you acquire a cat somewhat unexpectedly, how to provide good care, how to introduce the new feline to the rest of the household, and ways to make your new pet a good part of your life.

Cat Beds

K&H Kitty Sill Deluxe Bolster Cat Bed, 14-Inch by 24-Inch, Tan Kitty Print

K&H took the popular Kitty Sill to the next level and created both hooded and bolstered kitty sills. If your kitty wants to cuddle, they can have all the advantages of looking out the window and feeling the sunshine while having the security of a bolster.

$31.81

K&H Kitty Sill Deluxe Bolster Cat Bed, 14-Inch by 24-Inch, Tan Kitty Print

K&H took the popular Kitty Sill to the next level and created both hooded and bolstered kitty sills. If your kitty wants to cuddle, they can have all the advantages of looking out the window and feeling the sunshine while having the security of a bolster.

$31.81

Midwest Quiet Time Pet Bed, Fleece, 22" x 13"

The Midwest Quiet Time Pet Beds are ideal for use in Crates, Carriers, Dog Houses and Vehicles. Keeps pets cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Quiet Times are available in 3 Colors/ Fabrics- Fleece, Cinnamon Plush Fur and Gray Plush Fur and seven sizes. Bed color conceals shedding. Completely machine washable. Comfortable polyester filled bolsters and cushioned Poly/cotton base.

$8.99

K&H Lounge Sleeper Self-warming Pet Bed, 16-Inch by 20-Inch, Mocha/Green

KH Mfg Warming Lounge Sleeper Pet Bed The outer side of the KH Mfg Warming Lounge Sleeper is made up of poly/cotton, and the inside is lined with soft micro fleece. The pillow has a layer of metalized insulation that provides warmness produced from your own pet body heat. This is a cozy and a lazy bed that your pet is bound to fall in love with. The bed is liberally packed with premium Polyfil whi

$23.99

Armarkat Cat Bed 18-Inch Long C08HJH/MH, Beige

Pet Bed: C08HJH MH Canvas and Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort; Machine washable; Color: Burgundy and Beige; Size: Cat Bed or Extra Small Dog Bed; Dimensions: 18-inch L x 14-inch W x 11-inch H

$23.32

Armarkat Cat Bed, 18-Inch Long, Brown

Pet Bed: C11CZS MH Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort; Machine washable; Color: Brown and Ivory; Size: Cat Bed; Dimensions: 18-inch L x 13-inch W x 13-inch H

$23.30

Mysterious Kuddle Kup Cat Bed, Charcoal

The Secret is in the fluff. Works like a magnet - cats love it! This Cat Bed is Electrostatically charged to capture dander, flea dirt, hair and dust. The ultra-soft polyester fibers act as an insulator, to absorb and hold the heat, keeping your kitty warm and cuddly year-round. Handcrafted in the USA. 100% Recyclable Materials. 100% Non-Allergenic. 100% Non-Toxic.

$27.45

Armarkat Cat Bed, 18-Inch Long, Brown

Pet Bed: C11CZS MH Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort; Machine washable; Color: Brown and Ivory; Size: Cat Bed; Dimensions: 18-inch L x 13-inch W x 13-inch H

$8.99

Armarkat C01HKF/MH Cozy Pet Bed 20-Inch Diameter, Mocha Beige

Pet Bed: C01HFK MH Faux Suede and Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort. Machine washable Color: Mocha and Beige Size: Cat Bed or Extra Small Dog Bed; Dimensions: 20-inch L x 20-inch W x 8-inch H

$25.26

Armarkat Cat Bed 18-Inch Long C08HJH/MH, Beige

Pet Bed: C08HJH MH Canvas and Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort; Machine washable; Color: Burgundy and Beige; Size: Cat Bed or Extra Small Dog Bed; Dimensions: 18-inch L x 14-inch W x 11-inch H

$23.32

Armarkat C01HKF/MH Cozy Pet Bed 20-Inch Diameter, Mocha Beige

Pet Bed: C01HFK MH Faux Suede and Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort. Machine washable Color: Mocha and Beige Size: Cat Bed or Extra Small Dog Bed; Dimensions: 20-inch L x 20-inch W x 8-inch H

$25.67

PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge, Walnut Brown

Tired of purchasing cat products that your feline loved ones get bored of, quickly? PetFusion's Cat Scratcher Lounge serves double duty as both a cat scratcher and lounge that promises to keep your finicky companions coming back for more. Custom made for cats who enjoy scratching, playing and lounging around (what cats don't :). Cats love the feel of cardboard, recalling their days as kittens and

$49.95

Armarkat Cat Bed, 18-Inch Long, Brown

Pet Bed: C11CZS MH Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort; Machine washable; Color: Brown and Ivory; Size: Cat Bed; Dimensions: 18-inch L x 13-inch W x 13-inch H

$25.86

Sunny Seat Window Cat Bed

Window-mounted cat bed keeps cats safe, warm and very comfortable

$11.89

Midwest Quiet Time Pet Bed, Fleece, 22

The Midwest Quiet Time Pet Beds are ideal for use in Crates, Carriers, Dog Houses and Vehicles. Keeps pets cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Quiet Times are available in 3 Colors/ Fabrics- Fleece, Cinnamon Plush Fur and Gray Plush Fur and seven sizes. Bed color conceals shedding. Completely machine washable. Comfortable polyester filled bolsters and cushioned Poly/cotton base.

$8.99

Trixie Baza Cat Tree

The TRIXIE Baza Cat Tree will provide endless opportunities for cats to play and scratch or just relax. Felines can sharpen their claws on any one of two scratching posts instead of on your furniture or carpet, giving them a healthy outlet for their scratching instincts. All posts are covered in durable sisal. If a nap or place to survey their kingdom is in order, the cat can curl up in the coz

$29.30

Mysterious Kuddle Kup Cat Bed, Charcoal

The Secret is in the fluff. Works like a magnet - cats love it! This Cat Bed is Electrostatically charged to capture dander, flea dirt, hair and dust. The ultra-soft polyester fibers act as an insulator, to absorb and hold the heat, keeping your kitty warm and cuddly year-round. Handcrafted in the USA. 100% Recyclable Materials. 100% Non-Allergenic. 100% Non-Toxic.

$8.99

Cat Condos

80" Cat Tree Condo Furniture Scratch Post Pet House

This Brand New 80" Cat Condo Tree Scratching Post is the best you can get in the market and at the same time will not cost you a fortune. We are confident about the quality of this cat tree.

$84.09

Go Pet Club Cat Tree, 50W x 26L x 72H, Beige

Color: Beige. Overall Size : 50"W x 26"L x 72"H. Base Board Size : 28"W x 24"L. Size of Condo 1 : 20"W x 15"L x 11.5"H. Size of Condo 2 : 15"W x 12"L x 10"H. Top 3 Perches : 13.5"W x 13.5"L x 2.5"H. Number of Posts: 10. Number of Levels: 15. Posts covered by natural sisal rope. Covering Material: Faux Fur. Board Material: Wood. Easy to assemble with step by step instruction and tools included.

$78.53

Armarkat Cat Tree Model B7801, Ivory

Model No.: B7801; Covering Material: Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Ivory; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 32-inch (L) X 27-inch (W) X 78"(H); Max Holding Weight: 70 lbs;

Go Pet Club 62" Tall Greyish Black Cat Tree Furniture

* Color : Grey & Black* Overall Size : 26"W x 20"L x 62"H* Size of Condo : 16"W x 13"L x 10"H* Top Bed: 15" x 15"* Hanging Balls and Rope included* (Front) Bottom post can turn* The positions of the top two beds and rope with balls are interchangeable* Covering Material : Only the posts is carpet, rest are faux fur* Board Material : Wood

$73.97

Classic Cat Tree B3803

Model No.: B3803; Covering Material: Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Sky Blue; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 31-inch (L) X 20-inch (W) X 38"(H); Max Holding Weight: 30 lbs;

$64.67

Armarkat B6802 68-Inch Cat Tree, Ivory

Model No.: B6802; Covering Material: Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Ivory; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 31-inch (L) X 25-inch (W) X 68"(H); Max Holding Weight: 60 lbs;

$94.33

Armarkat Premium Cat Tree Model X7001, Tan

Model No.: X7001; Covering Material: Ultra soft Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Tan; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 34-inch (L) X 20-inch (W) X 70"(H); Max Holding Weight: 60 lbs;

$88.75

Armarkat Premium Cat Tree Model X7805, Goldenrod

Model No.: X7805; Covering Material: Ultra-soft Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Goldenrod; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 42-inch (L)X26-inch (W)X78"(H); Max Holding Weight: 70 lbs;

$134.87

Armarkat Deluxe Cat Tree, Model B7301, Ivory

Model No.: B7301; Covering Material: Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Ivory; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 27-inch (L) X 24-inch (W) X 73"(H); Max Holding Weight: 60 lbs;

$98.08

Deluxe 52" Cat Tower Tree Condo Scratcher Furniture Kitten House Hammock New

This Cat tree will provide your cat with a place to have fun, exercise, explore, scratch and just relax. It features four (4) different locations for them to relax; condo, hammock, perch and tunnel. Your pet will enjoy its tree and may stay aways from your furniture, drapes and clothes. Assembles in minutes and comes with instructions. FEATURES: Faux fur material; Two (2) scratching posts; One (1

Armarkat B5701 57-Inch Cat Tree, Ivory

Model No.: B5701; Covering Material: Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Ivory; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 28-inch (L) X 25-inch (W) X 57"(H); Max Holding Weight: 40 lbs;

$87.99

52" Classic Cat Tree in Beige

A5201 Features: -Covered with beige faux fur.-Easy to assemble with step by step instruction and tools. Construction: -Constructed of pressed wood. Dimensions: -Overall Dimensions: 52'' H x 20'' W x 20'' L.-Base Dimensions: 16'' W x 16'' D.-House Dimensions: 10'' H x 16'' W x 16'' L.-Perch Dimensions: 13'' W x 13'' D.-Posts: 3'' Dia.

$4.99

Trixie Baza Cat Tree

The TRIXIE Baza Cat Tree will provide endless opportunities for cats to play and scratch or just relax. Felines can sharpen their claws on any one of two scratching posts instead of on your furniture or carpet, giving them a healthy outlet for their scratching instincts. All posts are covered in durable sisal. If a nap or place to survey their kingdom is in order, the cat can curl up in the coz

$29.30

Armarkat Cat Bed, 18-Inch Long, Brown

Pet Bed: C11CZS MH Soft Velvet with waterproof and skid free base. Filled with extra thick 100-percent poly fill for maximum comfort; Machine washable; Color: Brown and Ivory; Size: Cat Bed; Dimensions: 18-inch L x 13-inch W x 13-inch H

$25.86

Armarkat B6802 68-Inch Cat Tree, Ivory

Model No.: B6802; Covering Material: Faux Fleece; Covering Color: Ivory; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 31-inch (L) X 25-inch (W) X 68"(H); Max Holding Weight: 60 lbs;

$94.33

Armarkat Cat Tree Model A4201, Beige

Model No.: A4201 ; Covering Material: Faux Fur; Covering Color: Beige; Board Material: Pressed Wood; Overall Dimensions: 16-inch (L) X 14-inch (W) X 42"(H); Base Dimensions: 16-inch by 14"; Max Holding Weight: 15 lbs;

$30.08

Go Pet Club Cat Tree Condo House, 18W x 17.5L x 28H Inches, Leopard

Color: Leopard. Size: 18"W x 17.5"L x 28"H. Size of round house: 10" Diameter x 12" Length. 2 Hanging balls included. (Front) Bottom post can turn. Posts covered by natural sisal rope. Board covering material: Faux Fur. Board material: Wood. Easy to assemble with step by step instruction and tools included.

$32.92

Go Pet Club Cat Tree, 50W x 26L x 72H, Blue

Color: Blue. Overall Size : 50"W x 26"L x 72"H. Base Board Size : 28"W x 24"L. Size of Condo 1 : 20"W x 15"L x 11.5"H. Size of Condo 2 : 15"W x 12"L x 10"H. Top 3 Perches : 13.5"W x 13.5"L x 2.5"H. Number of Posts: 10. Number of Levels: 15. Posts covered by natural sisal rope. Covering Material: Faux Fur. Board Material: Wood. Easy to assemble with step by step instruction and tools included.

$88.66

Cat Tree, Beige

Model No.: A7401; Covering Material: Faux Fur; Covering Color: Beige; Board Material: Plywood; Post Diameter: 3-1/2-inch; Overall Dimensions: 50-inch (L)X26-inch (W)X74"(H); Max Holding Weight: 60 lbs;

$100.18

Beige 73" Cat Tree Pet House

This Brand New 73" Cat Condo Tree Scratching Post is the best you can get in the market and at the same time will not cost you a fortune. Easy to follow step by step instruction

$101.67