Due to a large feral cat population and a substantial population of domestic cats that roam on public property, it can be difficult to determine how best to help a cat that appears lost. At the St. Paul Animal Shelter, cats are divided into four categories, which are described below.
It is best to monitor the cat’s situation, talk to neighbors and if it begins to look distressed, contact the animal shelter. Keeping this cat in your home is unnecessary and significantly reduces the chance of it ever returning home.
A cat with a collar and a bell is often a good sign that its owners know it is out. You should only contact the animal shelter to bring the cat in if it is injured, unhealthy or a nuisance on private property.
These cats should be monitored and if injured, unhealthy in appearance or a nuisance on private property than contact the animal shelter. Rehabilitation into a new home may be possible in some circumstances, but should be done through the proper process.
Please contact the animal shelter before bringing these cats to our facility. Feral cats cannot be rehabilitated into domestic cats. Feral kittens can be brought in at approximately two months of age, once they are no longer dependent on their mother’s milk. However, an appointment must be made in advance.