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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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difference between adopting a stray or a shelter cat?

So I posted this earlier but its gone, so I will try to post it differently this time...
I want to adopt a cat, there are strays that live by me, and one of which is friendly. Just looking for advice on which is better? I mean I can continue feeding the stray but wud it want a home? Or shud I just got to a shelter? Breed doesn't mattwer as long as it is friendly...
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 08:37 PM
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You should do whatever you please. I like shelter cats though. Too many of them need homes, even strays too. To be honest I don't know. Do what it's best for you.
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One thing to consider is that a shelter cat comes fixed, with vaccinations and has been tested for diseases. If you decide to take in one of your strays, make sure you're prepared to take it to the vet and get all of those things done.
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I agree, so far my thought process has been:
Why go to a shelter if there are cats in need right outside my door?
Well bcuz shelter cats have been vaccinated spay/neutered, and u have a better idea of personality. And also if I take in a stray it will probly want to be outside all the time, I mean its going from atleast an frontyard/backyard and probably neighbors yards, to a 900 sqft 2 bedrm apt...if I take a cat home I want it to be happy, I alrdy live with one scared/timid social cat..
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I have both stray and shelter cats and in the long run there is no difference. When I adopt a shelter cat I take them to the vet right away as well as the shelter cats that I have brought home. One of the stray cats I took in (Buzzy) had Feline leukemia and I kept him and loved him for as long as he lived. One of the shelter cats I took in (RayRay) ended up needing extensive dental work and costing quite a lot. Juno was a shelter cat and Gabe was a stray and neither one of them needed much veterinary care at all. So - toss a coin.

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i would go shelter strays are useally disease ridden and have learned the world is dangerous. Many of them are feral and some are FIV/ feline leuk positive. Plus they could just be an outdoor pet.
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I mean its going from atleast an frontyard/backyard and probably neighbors yards, to a 900 sqft 2 bedrm apt...if I take a cat home I want it to be happy, I alrdy live with one scared/timid social cat..
Heck, that's bigger than the little house I rent, and I have FOUR cats!

You'd be surprised how many former ferals are quite happy to stay inside where it's warm, there's neverending food, and lots of love.

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I agree, so far my thought process has been:
Why go to a shelter if there are cats in need right outside my door?
Well bcuz shelter cats have been vaccinated spay/neutered, and u have a better idea of personality. And also if I take in a stray it will probly want to be outside all the time, I mean its going from atleast an frontyard/backyard and probably neighbors yards, to a 900 sqft 2 bedrm apt...if I take a cat home I want it to be happy, I alrdy live with one scared/timid social cat..
Spaying or neutering a cat doesnt bring forth its personality. If you really want to have a good chance of finding out a cat which fits your wants are try adopting from a rescue that fosters cats in their homes or a smaller shelter which would know its cats.

Big shelters are stressful for cats. They are territorial and its hard when there isnt room for them to feel safe.


If you are bringing in a cat from outside/or shelter and you already have a cat living with you there are ways you should introduce them. Be prepared!

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