Frequently asked questions

  1. Is my cat sick?
    • Click here to learn about common medical conditions, especially for stray, feral and shelter cats.
  2. Why should I keep my cat indoors?
    • The lifespan of an indoor cat can be 18-20 years, and only 5 years for an outdoor cat. You are protecting your feline friend from disease, poisonous substances, animal attacks and cars.
    • To give your cat a taste of the outdoors while keeping her safe, position your kitty condo or tree next to a bright window where they can bird- and squirrel-watch. You can also get some fresh cat grass for them to munch on.
  3. What’s wrong with declawing my cat?
    • Declawing is an amputation of the end bones of cat’s toes and is a major surgery. Recovery can be painful for cats, and some cats develop negative biting behaviours.
    • Declawing is banned in 22 countries as a form of animal abuse. In 2017, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) issued their position that it “opposes elective and non-therapeutic Partial Digital Amputation (PDA), commonly known as declawing.” Visit our declawing page <link>.
  4. How old is this kitten?
  5. What’s the difference between a stray and feral cat?
    • A stray cat is a domestic cat that strayed from home and became lost or was abandoned. Because a stray cat was once a companion animal, they usually can be re-socialized and placed in an adoptive home.
    • A feral cat is a domestic cat that was lost or abandoned and has reverted to a wild state, or a cat that was born to a stray or feral mother and had little or no human contact. Adult ferals are very difficult to tame and are not usually suitable for adoption. They live in family groups called colonies that form near a source of food and shelter.
    • Visit our Strays page to learn more <link>.
  6. I can’t afford or need to give up my cat. What should I do?
  7. What about plants? Which ones are safe, and which ones are toxic?
    • Visit PetMD has a list of common plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats. The most common toxic plants include lilies, chrysanthemums, amaryllis and tulip bulbs.
    • In addition to common cat-friendly herbs like cat grass, mint, parsley and cat thyme, here is a list of plants that are safe.