Bringing A Shelter Cat Home: How To Protect Your Pet From Diseases, Parasites, And Other Common Problems
Your Shelter Cat may have been exposed to diseases and parasites. It is important to have him checked before bringing him into your home. The cat who seemed affectionate in a cage may suddenly become shy, withdrawn, or even aggressive. Careful pre-planning will help avoid many problems. Many shelter cats may have become exposed to FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) or FeLV (Felines Leukemia Virus) including Feline Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Feline Herpes (Fever Virus), feline Chlamydia, and Bordetella. Your new cat will probably be stressed by the time you get him home. He is most likely used to the closed environment of a shelter cage. Don't be surprised if the cat hides under the bed for several days. Count your victories in small steps: the first time he peeks out at you. Check website/travel each week for a new gallery of photos of cats in the U. S. to see what your cat is saying to you. See here for more. . . .