Things To Do If You Find A Stray Cat Or Dog In Malaysia
So you’ve found a stray animal. You wonder what you should do next. PerroPet is here to teach you how to help a stray cat or dog, including how to catch it, how to rehome it and whether or not to keep it yourself.
1.Observing His Or Her Body Language
Approach the animal carefully and cautiously. Note that your own safety and that of the animal are of great importance. The most important thing you need to understand about cats and dogs is they use body language to communicate.
If the animal is calm and friendly, you can entice him to you with food or water to see if he is hungry or thirsty. If the animal approaches you, you can try to pet him gently and talk to him softly to make him feel more comfortable around you.
If the animal feels fearful and he does not allow you to approach him, you should keep your distance from the animal. This is because a strange, frightened and possibly sick or injured animal can behave unpredictably. So, be cautious.
2.Build Trust With The Animal And Restrain Him
Examine the urgency of the situation. If the animal was injured, try to bring him to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Before that, you will have to catch and restrain him. Create a barrier or use a carrier, leash, piece of cloth or length of rope to keep the animal in the area, according to The Humane Society. Before crating the animal, you have to gain his trust first in order to get close to him. If the animal seems wary, move slowly and remains calm, you can attract the animal to you by using strong-smelling treats or pet foods. First, you can put one on the ground halfway between you and the animal and back away. If he seems receptive to the food, give him more foods until he looses the aggressiveness. Let him to sniff you if he gets closer to you and wasn’t aggressive to begin with. Start to gently pet his back and talk to him in a gentle voice.
Otherwise, you can approach the animal slowly with a barrier such as a tennis racket. This can keep the animal from attacking you while you get closer to it. Call animal control or ask a helping hand from an animal rescuer If you are unable to do so.
Once you have gained the animal’s trust and you can get close to him, quickly and quietly slip a leash or rope around his neck. Try to verbally reassure him if he tries to get away after you have gotten a leash on him.
Alternatively, you can create safe traps to capture the animal. Note that an animal will not simply walk into a trap, so it takes time to get the animal safely into the trap. Start bringing a large crate trap with you when the animal seems comfortable with your presence. Spend a week or two placing the food closer and closer to the trap. Eventually, put the food just inside the crate but keep the door open while he eats. This is to get the animal comfortable being inside the crate. Then, gradually move the food farther into the crate. Shut the front door when you reach the point where the animal is comfortable going all the way in the trap.
3.How To Tell If The Animal Is A Stray Or Lost Pet
Once you have got the animal, it is time to check whether he already has an owner. It’s important to identify whether the animal is a feral or a pet who has become lost or abandoned so you can figure out how to best help him.
There is no sure way to prove an animal has no owner. Note that a feral dog or cat is typically afraid of humans and does not act affectionate when a stranger handles or approaches him. In general, if the animal has a visible identification, looks well-kept and is in no obvious distress, he probably has an owner.
If you suspect the animal is a lost pet, here are few ways to reunite the lost pet with his owner:
If the animal doesn’t have any identification, take the animal to the veterinarian or local animal shelter to have him scanned for a microchip. You can make “Found Pet” flyers or post the animal’s photo on local Facebook groups. Meanwhile, watch for “Lost Pet” flyers in your neighbourhood or “Lost Pet” ads on petfinder.my or Facebook community groups.
4.What To Do If He Is A Stray Animal
If you decide to bring the cat or dog to your home, have him checked out at the veterinary clinic first. The animal will be examined for internal parasites, fleas and other communicable diseases. This is to protect both you and any cats or dogs you may already have living with you.
If you don’t have your own transport to take the animal to the vet, consider a pet taxi. If you can’t afford the medical bill, crowdfunding is worth a try. There are many kind souls out there who are willing to lend you a helping hand – so don’t worry about it!
If a home has yet to be located for the animal, you might want to consider fostering it until he finds his original owner or a new loving home.
Apart from posting ads on petfinder.my, here is the list of pet-related Facebook groups which may help you to find a loving home for your rescued furkid.
List Of Dog Groups:
List Of Cat Groups:
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If you’re uncertain about whether or not to help or keep a stray, you should ask yourself these questions:
1.How much you can afford to do for that animal if no owner shows up?
2.Are you willing to add the animal to your household?
3.Will you be willing to return the animal to his original home if the owner turns up after you’ve started to form an attachment?
If you answer “no” to these questions, your best option may be to take the animal directly to the animal shelters or animal welfare groups, according to The Humane Society.