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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Feral cats and stray cats

I had one feral cat i fed who turned out to be pregnant. She had babies, then a year later the babies had babies. All of them grew up under my house and have been fed by me. They have never been ...
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What do I do for a feral sick cat?

I feed a small feral community, this particular little guy is about 6 months old & I noticed for a few days that he was getting sluggish & his eyes were getting crusty, finally about the third ...
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Dog biting every dog in her "pack". She is the youngest

All are street dogs.She started biting other dogs around her since today afternoon. There are 6 dogs in one circle and 5 in one circle. As told by nearby vendors. All dogs were scared of her and ...
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Feral Kitten With An Injury

So there's a family of kittens that has been living in my yard for a few months now. I've been feeding them daily and they recognize me, but they won't let me touch them or get too close. Last week I ...
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Can I repair broken trust with feral female?

For the last five years I’ve been feeding and talking to a beautiful little feral dilute tortoise shell female. She was very shy and would run from me and everyone else in the neighborhood but a few ...
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what to do with a stray cat that has become dependent on me for food? [duplicate]

A stray cat has become my frequent guest at a rented apartment im staying a few months for. Since the last month, he has been coming timely in the morning and evening to eat and nap. He is very ...
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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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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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How can I improve relations with my skittish feral cat?

My family recently (~3 months ago) took in a feral cat. They are fine with having an aloof cat that doesn't play or let you pet them, but they would like to do everything they can to make the cat ...
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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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Why do street cats have a steady population?

I am studying on the Internet how to raise and take care of cats. It seems so every guide advises to give only cat food to cats as their nutritional requirements are very different to that of a human'...
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How do I move with a colony of ex feral cats who depend on me?

I currently live in an apartment complex and took on the responsibility 3 years ago to tend to what was then 18 cats and has been up to 24 at once. Mostly all were sick and none were fixed - a couple ...
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Help socializing a 5-month old rescued feral street cat [duplicate]

Some kittens were born at the start of the year near my wife's workplace. One of her coworkers brings them cat food and rescued all kittens from the litter except one. He captured the remaining one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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I got scratched by a feral cat. Should I see a doctor?

I'm house sitting for a family that has several cats and dogs, and today while letting one of the inside/outside cats inside, a feral cat jumped out from where "my" cat was sitting and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...