FERAL CATS are the ‘wild’ offspring of domestic cats and are primarily the result of pet owners’ abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals, allowing them to breed uncontrolled. Feral cat ‘colonies’ can be found behind shopping areas or businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas. They are elusive and do not trust humans.
A Feral Cat is an un-socialized cat…Either she was born outside and never lived with humans, or she is a house cat who has strayed from home and over time has thrown off the effects of domestication and reverted to a wild state…They should not be taken to local shelters to be adopted…Feral kittens can be adopted if tamed and placed in homes…First they must be socialized in their first weeks of life…If they aren’t handled in time, they will remain feral and un-adoptable.
A Stray Cat is NOT a Feral Cat…A stray is a cat who has been abandoned or who has strayed from home and become lost…Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted…
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