How To Get A Stray Cat To Like You. Search Add New Question What do I do if a stray cat won’t eat its food with me nearby? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS The cat is liable to be wary of people, so you need to show you are not a threat. Retreat to a distance at which the cat will eat, and then sit quietly and avoid staring directly at the cat. Repeat this until the cat is regularly eating without hesitation, then shuffle a step closer. Repeat. By being patient and slowly decreasing the distance at which it’s happy to eat, you will eventually be able to get close. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 12 A stray has been hanging around with my cat. Can I use this to gain the trust of the stray? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS For sure. If the stray likes your cat, who then interacts with you in a friendly way, it will give her extra confidence. Try sitting or squatting so you are less imposing, and petting your cat and giving her treats. Ignore the stray, but drop the occasional treat on the ground a little distance away. The stray will see how pleased your cat is with the treats and also make a mental link between you and nice things. This will help speed up the taming process.
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Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 15 How can I give food to a homeless cat if it runs away? wikiHow Contributor Be patient. Leave food out for it and let the cat become comfortable staying in the area before introducing yourself to the cat/environment. This may mean that you place the food down and leave the area; if the cat senses you nearby, she may not approach the food right away. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 7 Helpful 34 I managed to make a feral cat follow me by giving her food, but I can’t get close or touch her. What should I do to be able to pet her? wikiHow Contributor Keep doing what you’ve been doing and wait for the cat to instigate physical contact by rubbing against you. Be very patient and it will happen in time when the cat trusts you. Don’t force contact with the cat or you may scare them off entirely and the trusting relationship you have established will regress. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 23 What do I do if a stray kitten is newborn and scared of me? wikiHow Contributor We bought baby food (chicken flavored) and dipped a spoon in it for our wild kittens to lick. After they were pretty comfortable with this, we dipped our fingers in it so they could lick it off. We fed them often and as soon as we could, we started picking them up and holding them. They hissed at first and sometimes we ended up with baby food all over us, but eventually they came around. Be patient. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 14 What can you do for a stray cat who already follows you and you want to take it in? wikiHow Contributor Start feeding the cat inside your house. Slowly but surely she will feel comfortable in your house.
Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 25 If I leave the food for the cat, she eats it and goes away. How can I get her to come back? wikiHow Contributor The cat will walk away, but keep feeding her at the same time every day and she’ll keep coming back. Over time, she will come to trust you as a safe source of food. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 12 What do I do if it’s too expensive to go to the vet to check if the stray cat has a disease? wikiHow Contributor Take the cat to your nearest animal shelter or cat sanctuary and explain your lack of finances. They will help the cat. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 16 If my lost cat comes back, will she drive the stray cat I’ve taken in away? wikiHow Contributor No, cats can share, as long as you pay attention to both. It really depends on the cats themselves, and how they get along. Be sure to make both feel loved and comfortable. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 27 Someone gave me three kittens, about six-months-old. They hiss and scratch me and do not want to be held. What can I do? wikiHow Contributor Honestly, food is your best option. Try and associate yourself as a giver to the cats. It will take some time. Make sure you are giving them a variety of things they will enjoy such as wet food and treats. Before you try to pick them up and pet them, attempt to play using toys and other things of interest. Keep in mind that some cats just do not like to be held. That being said, be patient and see how it goes. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 3 Show more answers
Earn their trust through food. Feeding is the most effective way to get a stray to interact with you. The cat is likely hungry and will respond positively to being fed. This gives you a chance to get closer to the cat and get him used to your presence. Select strong smelling food. The easier it is for the cat to detect food, the better. Cats have a strong sense of smell. Canned food is usually more pungent than dry, especially fish flavors like salmon and tuna. However, do not leave human food, such as canned tuna or fish, out for a cat. This can upset a cat’s digestive system and you do not want the stray to associate the food you leave with any unpleasantness. Leave the food outside in areas where you’ve seen the stray. Consistency is important. Leave the food in the same place every day and the cat will learn to come to this area when hungry. After a few days, stay outside while the cat comes to eat. It may take a week or so for the cat to trust you enough to approach you. Be patient. Do not try to force interaction. Do not pet or interact with the cat physically during this time, unless the cat makes contact with you by rubbing against your legs or nuzzling you. Strays have often suffered abuse at the hands of past owners. It may take a stray a long time to warm up to a new person, and they can be easily startled. If you push contact preemptively, the cat might be wary about returning for food.
Search Add New Question How can I pet a wild cat with kittens? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS The first consideration must be the welfare of the kittens. If the mother is intolerant of people, then approaching the den will upset her and could lead to abandonment of the kittens. If she is tolerant of people, then help her get used to your presence by leaving offerings of food. Once the kittens are 2-3 weeks old, this is the ideal time to stroke them and start socializing them with people. Distract the mother with food and gently stroke the kitten, but without disturbing the nest too much. As the kittens get older and venture out, they are then more likely to approach you for food and petting. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 27 Is milk a safe alternative for food? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS No. Many cats lack the ability to digest the milk sugar, or lactose. This results in milk fermenting in their gut and causing diarrhea. If a wild kitten is too young to eat, then purchase some KMR (kitten milk replacer) from your vet or pet store. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 29 How can I get a wild cat to follow me? wikiHow Contributor Carry treats with you to induce the cat into following you. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 26 How am I able to tame cats that I cannot see them very often? wikiHow Contributor You have little chance to tame a cat that you often see, especially if it doesn’t follow you around. The best way is find the spot where it stays and try the steps outlined here. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 37 How can I get my wild kitten to trust me enough to come close to eat the food I put out? wikiHow Contributor Make sure that the food is not too close to your house; you might also want to leave the area. The kitten will still be able to smell you on the food you set out, so don’t worry. Place the food closer and closer to your home each day. Eventually, you may be able to sit near the kitten while it eats, but it will need time to get used to you. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 48 How do I get a wild cat to stop running away from me? wikiHow Contributor Crouch, lie down or sit, and put food near you.
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Don’t make any sudden movements. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 6 How can I befriend a stray cat without it thinking that I want to take it home? wikiHow Contributor Cats don’t think about being taken to a home. By approaching the cat slowly, you can discover whether it is scared of you, it may hiss or run away. Try placing food and water outside, if the cat observes you doing this, it may learn it can trust you. Start gradually getting closer to the cat and offer it treats or catnip. The cat will then associate you with good things. This may take some time. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 33 How can I befriend a feral cat very easily? wikiHow Contributor Sit outside with wet food. Place the wet food down and sit about 20 feet away from the bowl. Grab a book or headphones or something to pass the time, as this will let them grow accustomed to your presence. Repeat this daily, and start sitting closer and closer to the bowl. Take it slowly, and let the cat come to you to investigate. Do not make any sudden movements or loud noises. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 20 If I tame her, will she still growl at times? wikiHow Contributor All cats have the ability to growl. This means that the cat is nervous or scared. She will probably growl at times even if you tame her. If she growls a lot, you know something isn’t going right with your relationship. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 19 Where can I touch a wild cat? wikiHow Contributor While it is best is not to touch it, but let it give you affection by purring around you and nudging you of its own accord. When it climbs in front of you, this means it is possible to pet it. Beware — you must touch it gently and not around the lower body, its legs, tail, or genitals as those areas will cause it fear and it may bite, scratch or run away from you. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 12 Helpful 35 Show more answers
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