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If you've adopted a stray cat or have a stray cat that you feed, chances are that its not actually a stray at all.

We have had quite a few cats brought in recently, who people thought were strays, but they were microchipped and very much owned and loved by someone else.

Unfortunately, cats aren't as loyal as we'd like to think they are, and by feeding unknown cats, you could actually be accidentally stealing someones pet.

Cats will happily have 2 or 3 homes as long as they get food at each, so by feeding them and letting them in, you encourage them to stay away from their real home.

So, what SHOULD you do if you're worried a cat is homeless?

1. Check for a collar and tag - stray cats dont have collars.
2. Put up posters around the area to see if anyone owns it.
3. Look for posters advertising a missing cat - someone could be actively looking for it.
4. Bring the cat to a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip.

If there is a microchip in place, we will keep the cat at the clinic and contact the owners.

If there is no microchip, we advise to take the cat back to where you found it and advertise it for at least a week to give owners a chance to come forward.

After that, you can either take the cat on as your own, or take it to a rehoming centre.

And if you have a cat who you think is eating elsewhere, try putting a collar on it with your details or even DO NOT FEED ME. This way people should realise that your fur baby is not a stray that needs rescuing.
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If youve adopted a stray cat or have a stray cat that you feed, chances are that its not actually a stray at all.

We have had quite a few cats brought in recently, who people thought were strays, but they were microchipped and very much owned and loved by someone else.

Unfortunately, cats arent as loyal as wed like to think they are, and by feeding unknown cats, you could actually be accidentally stealing someones pet.

Cats will happily have 2 or 3 homes as long as they get food at each, so by feeding them and letting them in, you encourage them to stay away from their real home.

So, what SHOULD you do if youre worried a cat is homeless?

1. Check for a collar and tag - stray cats dont have collars.
2. Put up posters around the area to see if anyone owns it. 
3. Look for posters advertising a missing cat - someone could be actively looking for it.
4. Bring the cat to a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip. 

If there is a microchip in place, we will keep the cat at the clinic and contact the owners. 

If there is no microchip, we advise to take the cat back to where you found it and advertise it for at least a week to give owners a chance to come forward. 

After that, you can either take the cat on as your own, or take it to a rehoming centre.

And if you have a cat who you think is eating elsewhere, try putting a collar on it with your details or even DO NOT FEED ME. This way people should realise that your fur baby is not a stray that needs rescuing.

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St Helens Petcare

Dental disease is the most common health problem diagnosed in cats and dogs. However, it is still under-diagnosed and under treated. This is exacerbated by a “suffer in silence” approach which tends to be adopted by our pets.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums and avoiding periodontal disease is important for a long and healthy life for your pet. Our modern ultrasonic dental equipment means fast and efficient dental procedures. ow.ly/m6HU30gyWV0
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Dental disease is the most common health problem diagnosed in cats and dogs. However, it is still under-diagnosed and under treated. This is exacerbated by a “suffer in silence” approach which tends to be adopted by our pets. 

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums and avoiding periodontal disease is important for a long and healthy life for your pet. Our modern ultrasonic dental equipment means fast and efficient dental procedures. http://ow.ly/m6HU30gyWV0
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