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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Feral cat Pictures

Feral Cat Care

 A feral cat is one who has always been wild, usually born to a wild mother and frequently found around farms, although they can also be found in cities. Taming a feral cat is very different than taming a stray cat. Usually a stray cat was a pet that got lost or was abandoned by its owner and is now living in the streets as a wild cat, but this cat remembers having been somebody's pet, and so it is normally not difficult to tame them again. Sometimes when the family moves to a new home, an older cat will miss the old home and escape from its new home and get lost. These cats are very easily domesticated again. If the cat became a stray at a very young age, it may take some time and effort before it trusts you, but after you have fed it and treated it kindly on a regular basis, it is very likely the cat will adopt you as its friend and your house as its permanent home....

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Feral Cats Can Make Good Pets

Many people feel that feral cats cannot be kept indoors as pets. This is not true. In fact, feral cats are happy being kept as indoor only pets if you don't attempt to treat them exactly like tame cats.

What are Feral Cats?

Feral cats are cats that haven't been properly socialized. What this means behaviorally is that feral cats are not tame toward humans. Very often, feral cats result from the offspring of cats that were once owned and then abandoned. As a result, the kittens are not properly socialized to humans and become feral.

There is a critical period during kitten development in which kittens must be exposed to human caretakers, otherwise they will be feral or at least semi-feral. This critical developmental period is generally from birth to 8 weeks old. If the first human exposure occurs past the age of 8 weeks this usually results in a feral or semi-feral cat. Sometimes older feral kittens can be tamed toward one or two human caretakers.

What to do if You Find a Feral Cat or Kitten

Many well meaning cat lovers will find feral kittens and take them to their local animal shelter. Unfortunately, feral kittens aren't very adoptable and most of the time animal shelters will destroy the feral kittens to make room for tame kittens that are more likely to be adopted.

Fortunately, there are some shelters that will spay or neuter the kittens and then return the kittens to their natural environment. This at least gives the feral cat a chance to live without the ability of producing more feral cats. This program is called Trap-Neuter-Return, and it is being implemented in many areas to control the outdoor cat population without having to kill the cats. It generally works like this: The kittens are caught in a humane trap, such as Havahart live animal traps. The animal is unharmed. Then the cat is taken to the vet or the shelter that participates in Trap-Neuter-Return and the animal is spayed or neutered and is usually given some vaccines. When the cat has recovered from the spay or neuter surgery the cat is returned outdoors in the same location where it was found. Trap-Neuter-Return is a much more humane way of dealing with feral cats and kittens than euthanasia....

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Can Feral Cats Always be Tamed

Feral felines are different from run away cats. Wayward cats are usually the product or service of your person's irresponsibility. Irresponsibility could be identified in 2 ways in terms of strays: dumping a cat for you to care for by itself and/or neglecting to spay along with neuter their own cats. Run cats may be fearful, but you are generally quickly tamed. Feral cats are usually pet cats which are almost certainly given birth to in order to untamed parents and so are untamed them selves. Feral pet cats have had absolutely no individual conversation and therefore are very difficult for you to tame. Due to the fact feral kittens and cats take time and effort in order to tame, therefore making them undesired indoor dogs and cats, there are numerous rescue organizations which can be dedicated to the actual holding and also spaying as well as neutering involving feral kitty cities. More often than not, these types of organizations snare the cats, keep these things spayed a...

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