Questions tagged [feral]

Feral animals are species that are typically considered to be domesticated, but the individuals have been raised in the wild without significant human interaction and generally tend to fear humans. Please include relevant species tag, such as "cats".

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Took in a feral cat, but she is hiding and not eating

I started to feed this feral cat, who would walk around my apartment building but I would only see her at night. She would wait for my boyfriend and I Outside our door,she would come inside and eat ...
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How to help my cat feel less threatened by other cats outside? [duplicate]

A little over a year ago, a cat showed up on our doorstep. Since then, we've taken her in and she lives with us. She spends most of her time indoors, but she doesn't have a litter box, as she goes ...
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How normal is it for a non-dominant cat to stand its ground in a fight?

I live in a condominium complex where about 12 feral cats have made their home. The cats are fairly well-established, they tolerate people well, they are well-fed, they are all fixed, and some of them ...
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relocating and been feeding a feral cat [duplicate]

been feeding twice a day a 8 mo old female feral cat.she comes faithfully everyday several times throughout the day. She also sleeps in shelter we made her.She appeared with mommy feral cat. I am able ...
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Should we try to adopt wild kittens?

Background About 3-4 months ago, a wild cat gave birth to four kittens, likely somewhere near to our house. We first noticed them meowing and then managed to spy them playing in the overgrown bamboo ...
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How can I get my feral kitten to let me approach her?

I adopted a 5-month-old feral kitten who had been fostered for socialization. Initially she was very skittish so I kept her in a small room in which I could reach into her hiding spots. She ...
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Dangers from street-cat bite that left a tiny speckle of blood?

There is a (female) cat we've been feeding the last 3 or so months (I didn't take notice so it's an approximation). She seemed quite young at first so I presume she should be around 6 months old. She ...
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Feral cat 10 years plus [duplicate]

I have a feral cat who has always lived outside my house. I have always provided food for her. Just recently we moved and I wanted to take the cat. Right now I am going to the old house to feed her ...
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Adopting a feral cat

I live in DC and have a rodent problem. DC has a program that allows you to adopt a blue collar working cat. I think it is basically a trap-neuter-return type program, but instead of returning them, ...
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Can feral cats be moved?

In most spay and release programs cats are returned to the same location they were found in. I imagine that in some cases the original area is undesirable. In this case is it possible to release the ...
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Moving feral cats’ food

My Mom was feeding four ferals and had them TNR’d . She passed away last year, and a neighbor has continued to feed them daily at my Mom’s house. I have been there on weekends for the last eight ...
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Moving with feral/stray cats [duplicate]

I have been TNR feral cats for 20 years. I have 7 that I care for now. We have lived in this home for 35 years. We are getting ready to move. None of these cats are inside cats. I also have 3 small ...
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It's not the cats fault it's mine [duplicate]

So I got a cat about 2 months ago. They were not specific of the age as they found her outside fairly young. I don't think they had her long, I'd imagine she's like 5 months old now. She's great with ...
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Moving Feral Cats [duplicate]

We have been feeding 2 feral cats (truly afraid of humans) for almost a year. We already trapped and fixed both. We are moving and want to know how to successfully move our feral cats (in the same ...
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I have been feeding three feral cats for four years

we live in Hanover pa and we were renting. They gave us notice to move. They are selling. We are moving in two weeks. I have been feeding for three feral cats for four years. I have asked everyone I ...
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Feral cat keeps attacking my dog in our backyard, what should I do?

There is a small feral cat that keeps coming into my backyard and attacking my 65lb dog. Our yard is fully fenced and we have a dog door, so our dog goes in and out as he pleases. I usually don't see ...
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How to feed stray/wild cat

I do not have a pet, but every other day a cat comes to us for food. This has been going on for a month now. In our part of the world (subcontinent), the stray cats/dogs will eat just about anything. ...
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Can/Should I take a feral/stray cat with me to a new house?

2 years ago a nursing Mama cat appeared on my porch digging through garbage for a meal. I tried to pet her, but she ran away immediately and I did not see her for several days. Gradually she started ...
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Kitten still not friendly even after 5 months

A feral cat gave birth to kittens at our place. After around 2 months the mother and a kitten left, leaving one kitten. I have been feeding it since then. It's age now is almost 5 months, but still ...
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How do I adopt a family of kittens when their feral mother is aggressive?

Some pet cat, who lives outside independently, gave birth at my stairs. I tried to get close but the mother cat got very aggressive. So I want to know or learn how to get close to these kind of cats ...
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Taming feral cats [duplicate]

How do I earn the trust of a feral cat? I do not have meat or cat food, what can I feed them? Should I try to touch them or let them come for me? I have never seen kittens of 1-10 weeks old, where do ...
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Any tips for how to coax and teach a shy feral cat to trust?

My partner and I took a previously feral cat into our home a week and a half ago. She was born outdoors and was found in a cardboard box on a landfill near the city we live along with her four kittens....
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Impossible to catch female feral cat to have stitches removed after sterilisation

A feral cat and her babies recently took up residence in our garden. We managed to trap the mum and took her to the vet to be sterilised. The kittens have now gone to a re-homing association. ...
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Why is my 4 year old feral rescue pooping on the living room area rug every night? [duplicate]

My feral cat that is is now 4 yrs old (I rescued him when he was around 1 year old!)started pooping on my living room area rug. He never did that before. He seems perfectly healthy with no signs of ...
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Can I relocate an outdoor feral cat when I move? [duplicate]

I am in a rental due to hurricane Mathew, and will be moving in Aug. I have a feral Mama and 2 kittens. I trapped mama, had her spayed and vaccinated, brought her back and released. I trapped the ...
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Foster momma cat causing trouble, how to solve it?

One month ago we rescued a pregnant cat from a risky area. People who knew her there told us she already got pregnant about 3 times before, but they never saw the kitens and they suspected someone ...
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How to trap an untrappable pest tom cat

I have three stray tom cats trying to claim territory at my house (indoors & outdoors). I have 2 neutered Burmese females who are a little nervous of their presence. How can I attract them or one ...
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Is it normal for a feral cat to let me pet him/her?

There is a very cute feral cat in our old home (it's next to our new one). Almost 2 weeks ago, I started feeding it every day. In the last few days, it started to rub me and even allowed me to pet it. ...
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How to move a feral kitten from my bathroom to a cage?

I recently rescued a feral kitten (at least a couple of months) from my neighborhood about 3 days ago. When I captured him, I just let him out in my bathroom (from the cage I caught him in), without ...
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Can I train a cat/dog to capture stray/feral kittens?

As the title says, can I train a cat or a dog to do this?
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My feral cat is attacking only me

I am feeding a feral cat and get two kittens for over a month now. The cat is scared of every member of my family and she runs away as soon as anyone approaches. I am the only one that feeds her and ...
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How can I get my semi-feral cat to toilet outside?

Until last summer my cat was feral, at which time he adopted us and moved into my shop. When snow became deep, I provided him with a litter box in the covered lean-to where I store firewood and some ...
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How can I move houses with a friendly feral cat I care for?

I have been feeding a friendly feral cat for the last 10 months. He began visiting us when he was well into his feline teens, so to speak (so he can forage food for himself). He is not exactly a lap ...
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Can cats survive in the wilderness?

A co-worker has been trying to get rid of kittens that she cannot keep. She has not been able to find people to adopt them, which is understandable since there are so many kittens being given away in ...
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How paranoid do I have to be between petting a stray cat and playing with my own?

There's a local semi-feral who actively comes over to say hello when she sees me, and has been doing so since well before my own kids moved in. I can't resist giving her a skritch when she does so, ...
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How can I catch an outside cat in order to give it medical treatment?

There is a wild cat which comes to our house thrice a day to eat food. Somebody tied a rope on her back portion. Now as the cat is growing up there is a wound on her back. Please look at her back in ...
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Why does the mother cat do this?

A stray mother cat just had two baby kittens in our apartment complex. They can't stand or walk or meow yet. They live in the staircase. I've visited them several times to give the mother cat milk. ...
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Strategy for taking in two very young, non-socialized stray cats

Two very young cats (siblings) moved into my yard and the surrounding properties. They first appeared when they were about 3-4 months old(?) and they're probably 5-6 months old now. I would like to ...
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How can I combat food anxiety in an ex-stray cat?

I have three adult cats, all found as strays. The first two I found as kittens so they now behave just like regular domestic cats. The third one I found a year later as an adult. I have integrated her ...
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Will kittens of a feral mom “suddenly become feral” if they are allowed outside?

Right now my neighbor has a feral cat and her litter of kittens. They are around 7-8 weeks old and she is planning to give them away. However she insists on keeping them locked in her garage of late ...
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What laws in the state of Pennsylvania relate to the release of domestic animals?

What laws are in place in the state of Pennsylvania around the release of animals considered to be domestic pets; Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, etc? References related to enforcement (penalties and/or lack of ...
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Can a neglected/abandoned domestic house rabbit be re-socialized?

I know from the question Can an adult feral cat be socialized/domesticated? and the somewhat related question Why are cats released as part of “spay and release” programs? that socializing a cat that ...
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Why won't my dog take the stairs?

I've gotten some good reassurance here about our feral rescue shepherd. (See How do I convince my dog that a collar or harness is not the end of the world? for back story). We've finally worked out ...
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How do I convince my dog that a collar or harness is not the end of the world?

We have a very sweet 6 month old shepherd rescue. He was part of an urban feral pack until he was captured, and he spent ~2 mos in the shelter office, getting adjusted to people before we got him one ...
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What is the best way to manage a half-wild cat as a pet?

We have two spayed cats, Alice and Kesha. We took Alice in as a kitten born from a wild cat in a private house backyard. We received Kesha from her previous owners, who discovered they were allergic ...
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Why are cats released as part of “spay and release” programs?

There is a feral cat in my neighborhood, It will not come near anyone, but will eat food if placed out for it. Someone mentioned a program called "Spay and Release". It seems like the idea is to ...
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Can an adult feral cat be socialized/domesticated?

My mother was active at spay and release (trapping feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and then releasing them back into the neighborhoods they lived in) at her old house. By the time she left, ...