Unfortunately the life of a stray cat isn’t as glamorous as Disney’s Aristocats would have you believe. There are countless thousands of stray and feral cats in Europe, and for the majority of them life is about survival and hardship, as opposed to enjoying jazz. So how do you recognise the poor things, and most importantly – what do you do when you find one in your area?
Is it a stray?
Usually when you notice an unfamiliar cat roaming about your property it’ll most likely be local to your neighbourhood, perhaps exploring a little further afield than before. This isn’t unusual. Sometimes the cat will be entirely new to the neighbourhood and it’s simply exploring its territory whilst your new neighbours settle in. If it’s making visits periodically, there’s every chance that it’s going home after it visits you. If it’s visiting frequently, the general rule when it comes to recognizing a stray cat is desperate meowing. Some cats might be thin and display a few battle wounds, but given their ability to survive, this can’t always be relied upon as a tell tale sign – they may appear healthy.