Emergencies and First Aid Advice

Found an injured cat or kitten that needs urgent care?

Firstly, please try to get the injured cat/kitten to the nearest vet.

A list of vets can be found here.  If the animal is seriously injured then do contact us preferably via our Facebook page and give your location (what3words.com is an efficient way to do this).

If you are able to administer medication to the animal during your stay, please do so, it will help our volunteers. Sometimes the animals only need a simple course of medication and visitors can help with this but before you leave do contact us and let us know that you have treated an animal, where it is and if it needs further help.

Please do not leave it until you are off to the airport to tell us about a sick or injured animal.

PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB YOUNG KITTENS UNLESS YOU HAVE OBSERVED THEM FROM A DISTANCE FOR AT LEAST FOUR TO SIX HOURS AND THE MOTHER HAS NOT APPEARED.

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You will be pleasantly surprised to see that she is around. It is completely normal for the mother cat to leave them alone for a few hours. She could be hunting for food or socialising; she is doing what is normal in nature.

If you are worried that the mother will not return, leave it a few hours, go back and check the kittens, without coming too close (your presence can also scare the mother cat away).

Removing kittens from access to their mum’s milk nearly always results in death.  Raising young kittens with bottled milk will almost always result in failure.

Dos and Don'ts

DO record the exact location of the cat/Kitten. You can use the What3words app to give us your exact location

DO contact us via Facebook to see if we can assist you, we may have a volunteer in the area that can help.

DO take sick or injured street cats to the nearest vet. Please use our vet finder and inform a volunteer or a charity of the outcome. Always return cats to the area you found them.

DO be careful where you feed animals. Cats are unwelcome in some restaurants and tavernas; other customers might not like them. This can lead to restaurant owners taking brutal action.

DO ask your travel rep where it might be possible and acceptable to feed strays. There are sometimes special feeding places.

 

DO feed any leftover meat or fish to stray cats by the nearest rubbish bins or in a quiet place where you may see them congregating.

DO keep some dry cat food with you to feed to any hungry strays you may come across.

DO remember strays need water as well as food.

DON'T leave it until the last minute, end of your holiday or on you return transfer to the airport to contact us for help. We may need your help in locating the kittens, sick or injured cat.  If you see a problem let us know early you may be able to help administer medication and save the cat before you leave.  Often a short course of medication can solve many minor problems.

DON'T give cats or kittens milk. It will give them diarrhoea.

DON'T remove young kittens.

DON'T be afraid that you might catch rabies or anything else from the cats. There is no record of rabies in cats in Greece since the 1970s and cats cannot pass their infections to humans or vice versa.