How to help stray cats in Clark County
Depending on our current space, HSSW may limit our admission of stray cats to only those who are sick, injured, or in danger. If you have found a stray cat, leave it where it is unless the cat appears sick or injured; it may just be exploring or could belong to a neighbor. If possible, take a photo of the cat to share with neighbors and local lost and found groups on social media.
See our current cat intake level for more information.
How and When to Help Stray Cats
Please do not bring healthy stray cats to HSSW. Keeping them out of the shelter increases the chance they will return to their home. This strategy allows HSSW to support cats in need of immediate medical attention and expand programs like spay/neuter services proven to resolve common concerns about free-roaming cats in our community.
When a cat is found outside, healthy and free from immediate danger, it is far more likely to return to its owner on its own. Learn more about stray cats and return rates in Clark County - Stray Cats in Clark County Info Sheet.
For more information about the health and return rates of stray cats, please see the resources below.
How to Live with Stray Cats
Animal Control and Intake of Free-Roaming Cats
Deterring Cats from Your Property
While many cats found roaming are harmless, we also understand they are not always welcome. If you want to discourage cats from visiting your home or property:
- If you’re feeding them, stop. When food sources become unavailable, cats will move on. There are other non-lethal deterrents that may be implemented purchased to help keep them off your property.
- Put out fragrances that keep cats away. Scatter fresh orange or lemon peels. Wet coffee grounds—which you may be able to get for free from coffee houses and fast food chains—and metal pans filled with vinegar also deter cats.
- If cats are getting into your trash, secure your trash can with a tight lid or bungee cords. This will protect your trash from wildlife as well.
- Install an ultrasonic deterrent or a motion-activated sprinkler. You can also find humane deterrent products at garden supply stores.
- If cats are using a building or covered space on your property for shelter, block the area so they are unable to enter. Using chicken wire or lattice is typically an effective deterrent, but this should be done only if you are certain no cats or kittens are inside.
Find more information on these and other methods from Ally Cat Allies.
Questions? Contact us:
360.213.2621 or [email protected]