‘Yvonne was on the way to work when she met a heavily pregnant stray cat. The cat was friendly and sat outside the office building meowing at people who walked in. She was thin and looked very young, and immediately rubbed her face on anyone who gave her attention. Luckily, our office Holmes&Marchant Shanghai had a bunch of cat ladies ready to give the pregnant mama some TLC to get her ready for her delivery date.’
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The pregnant kitty was meowing for attention. “It’s like she was asking for help for her babies and herself,” Yvonne said
Most cats are, by nature, inclined to roam the area surrounding their home. You’re likely to come across a stray cat on your travels, although it might be tricky to find out whether it is a stray cat, a feral, or is in fact an owned cat with a sense of adventure. So what should you do if you’ve found a cat?
Before you do anything, it is important to assess whether the cat you’ve found is a stray, a feral or an owned cat. If they appear well-groomed and are a healthy weight, they may have an owner nearby.
Ferals behave like wild animals and won’t come close, even with encouragement. Stray cats might look lost and disorientated, but may be friendly if given time.
We took her to our office and called her Boba because she was so round!
We placed her in a spare meeting room, where we prepared her a litter box, cushy bedding, and all the food (dry, canned tuna, fresh fish, milk) she could want
What to do if you find a pregnant cat
Think you’ve found a pregnant cat or a cat with kittens and wondering what to do next? Follow our step-by-step guide.
- Check the cat’s tummy, carefully and without startling them (or touching their tummy) – if the mammary glands appear more prominent, the cat may be still nursing her young
- Take the cat to the vet by safely wrapping them in a blanket or putting them in a cardboard box. The vet will be able to scan for a microchip, which is vital in locating an owner and may also lead to finding the location of any kittens
- If safe to do so, go back to the area where the cat was found and have a look around the area for any signs of kittens. Check under bushes and shrubs, and listen out for their cries
- If you’re unsuccessful in locating an owner and kittens, you might want to put up posters locally and post on social media letting people know that there may be a litter of kittens somewhere. In the post, remind people to check their gardens and any outbuildings, as well as asking the owner to get in contact
Boba in our office, waiting to deliver her babies. She was very friendly to everyone and seemed content that she had a safe place to give birth
There was a storm one night. When we came to work the next day, we found D-Day had arrived! Boba gave birth to eight kittens
If the found cat is friendly, you might be able to check for an identification tag – if it belongs to someone, give them a call and let them know. You can take the cat to your nearest vet to scan for a microchip or call your local Cats Protection branch for help.
It is also a good idea to advertise the cat you’ve found using flyers or social media sites, or use our paper collars.