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Are feral cats a health hazard? — 5 Comments

  1. I’m going to work on your picture. In feral horse herds where there is no infusion of outside stock they quickly revert to the dun coloring as it’s a natural defense. Most of the feral cats in your picture are colored or have white on them. If they were generational feral cats they would revert to the grey/brown tabby which is most suited for ambush hunting. All of those cats are strays / toss outs or direct descendants from pet cats.
    Has anyone done a color study on feral cats ? Our old true colony were all black/tortie with no white or the grey/brown tabby any born with excessive white were picked off by predators.

    • You make an interesting observation. You may well be correct. However, I think this picture was not taken in America. I think it was taken in a country around the Mediterranean Sea. And in those countries, those warm countries, the feral cats do tend to look like the ones you see in the picture. They have a lot of white in them. They have Turkish Van type appearances as at least one of the cats in the picture does. I’d say that these are community cats by which I mean semi-feral cats in the Mediterranean. It just looked like a nice picture so I chose it for that reason but it is not, possibly, that representative of feral cats in America which is the point you have made I think.

      • I dislike the word feral I think abandoned pets fits most of them better.
        The utter hatred shown to these cats is appalling and it is disturbing that kind of hate is directed at the innocent animals and NOT the humans who dump and refuse to S/N.
        At least in the Us the party colored , white cats are not the norm any more than our Mercy who looks like a doll face Persian was of actual feral origins.
        We don’t have a feral cat problem TNR on a stable population would result in no feral colonies We have a human problem.
        As to are they a health hazard ? Overpopulation of any animal in a given area can be a health hazard. On the flip side tightly controlled colonies are probably beneficial in controlling vermin. This is why I’m 100% in favor of extending leash laws to cats. Leash laws include confinement to one’s property or under the owners control at all times. A colony of chipped and tipped community cats would be seen as a resource for pest control rather than something to kick and shoot at.

        • You may dislike the word and term of “feral”, but it has a very specific and important connotation. ANY animals that we have taken from the wild and bred for human purposes which gets even their own species-name classification, are then defined as being “domestic” or “domesticated”. Should these wild animals that were selectively bred for human-purposes not receive their socialized conditioning and escape back into the wild, then “they go feral”. Their original native-species instincts and physical features kick-back in, along with any traits that humans bred into them for human purposes (like killing anything that moves, whether hungry or not, like house-cats).

          Native wild animals cannot “go feral”, it is only those species which we breed for human purposes that can “go feral”.

          That’s reality, whether you like the term “feral” or not.

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