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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Will a (feral) cat's footpad injury heal by itself?

There's this cat near my house that has gradually (over several months) become semi-domesticated. Yesterday I noticed it limping and, when lying down, licking its paw (right foreleg) more than usual. ...
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Relocating community cats within the same neighborhood

We are moving house within the same neighborhood in a couple of weeks and we have four cats (2 males, 2 females) and kittens. They were born in our yard and we feed them every day. To describe their ...
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How to move feral cats inside the house

thanks for having me.. I hope it's ok to post here. I was googling my question when I was taken to this website regarding a similar situation. Anyway I have a question about feral/stray cats, a few ...
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Moving a feral with me in one year

I've seen a few posts on moving a feral, but most of the situations are slightly different from mine. I have been feeding a feral male with an infected eye for about 3 years now. He may be 4 or 5 ...
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Is there a way we can help our kitten warm up to us?

My cat got out of the house in October and brought home a 3 week old kitten. We took her in and cared for her while we tried to find out where she was from and if she was missed by someone. Learned ...
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How to help a cat with sore throat

I have found 2 feral cats near my house and when I approached them found that they were trying to meow but it was like they were trying to call but not able to. Similar to sore throats in humans ...
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Can I take my feral cat to my new home? [duplicate]

About 3 years ago I spotted a feral cat coming at night to my backyard. I started putting food out for her. I set up trap and took her to the vet to get her fixed. Came to find out she already was ...
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Will the stray/feral cat I’ve been feeding come to my new apartment patio once I move in a month, it is ~800ft away from my current apartment

About a month ago I took over feeding a stray (feral maybe?) cat for my neighbors because they were moving. Now, I am moving. However, I will be living in the same apartments just at a new building ...
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What should you do with kittens when the mother runs away from you?

I have recently bought a farm, and with it comes seven (yes, seven) cats that are already living on the farm. The original owner had been feeding them all, but never bothered to play or interact with ...
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Ear problems in kitten

Two weeks ago, I took in a feral kitten (he’s 7 weeks old now), but the last few days his ears have started peeling, scabbing and smell bad. There is no black stuff in his ears either. I’ve tried F10, ...
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Can I take a feral cat with me when I move? [duplicate]

I have been feeding a feral cat for four years now; I live in a apartment complex and will be moving to a house. This cat doesn't trust anyone and runs every time. I get lucky and he will let me touch ...
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How can I save this baby bird?

One baby bird came on my terrace today, what do you suggest I can do to save this baby? I think it is a pigeon. I kept it at a place other pigeons can easily see, but no other birds came around.
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Semi-feral cat broke a tooth. Should I give her aspirin?

There is a semi-feral cat that lives, by all indications happily, in my yard. I feed her mainly dry food and sometimes treats. Today I went to get the food bowl and there was blood on the rim and then ...
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Should I move a 7 year old feral cat?

I have been feeding a feral cat for 7 years and now we are moving 6 hours away to an environment that is much colder, and has more predators. I feel I cannot leave her, she’s become dependent on food ...
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Is there a way to safely tranquilize my cat, so he does not remember a vet visit?

Are there different safe forms of cat sedation for vet exam/visit and travel? My cat is 13 and has not been to a vet or held by any human in 11 years. We found him (just a baby) crying in a bush, took ...
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General and specific advice regarding feral kittens

Backstory: (Might be relevant) Wife and I have found a colony of feral cats in our city, consisting of a mom and a litter of four kittens. We took an instant liking to them and from that point on for ...
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Young kitten first day home, bathroom behavior

Today I just rescued a kitten that was under my porch at the restaurant I work at. One of my coworkers rescued him about two weeks ago, housed and feed him. Because he is feral and has just been re-...
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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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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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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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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 in the USA 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 ...
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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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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

There's this cat in the neighborhood which doesn't have an owner, and I suspect she has never had one since she's very cautious and doesn't get very close. I left her food sometimes: lately for about ...
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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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Calming down feral cat to take to vet?

There's a feral cat in our house that's always fighting with other feral cats. He's a really nice cat, but he's a big adult street cat and I know he won't let me pick him up. What can I give this cat ...
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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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