Can cats (almost an year old) find food and survive for themselves?
During my eight months of staying alone in lockdown, I had come across a stray cat in my building (may be ~4-6 months old at that time) and I have been giving it food/water and it is a really familiar being to me now. I am leaving to my home for about 2 months and I can't take this cat with me (strict family reasons) and I want to leave it here. My home is over 1500kms away. The thing is I am very worried whether it can find sufficient food and water during my absence.
- I have seen it hunt birds, squirrels and rats during these 5 months.
- Sometimes it goes away for a day or so and returns later. This might be normal cat behaviour, I don't know much, frankly.
- I have planned to give cat food to the building caretakers to keep it in the plate I had kept outside my flat. I have been placing the food in the same place so that it knows where to look when it needs to.
- Cat almost always stays in my room these days. It goes onto other buildings from my balcony but returns back in a few hours.
I am very unfamiliar with pets. A little help/suggestions in this area would be helpful to make things better.