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Can domestic cats survive in the wild? — 8 Comments

  1. Why the hell would you put a poor house cat in the wild.? So many options out there .humaine society.Aspca Animals should never be put on the street’s.this made me cry as i have cat’s.if i had choice i would put my cats to sleep1st and have them die.a slow.death.😥i love them too much

    • Thanks Debbie. It is surprising how many people do abandon their cats in the ‘wild’, in a wood somewhere or beside the road or at the front door of a rescue center at night in freezing conditions. There are many careless and senseless people who just don’t have the education or sensitivity to feel the suffering of animals.

  2. Please get your definitions correct. Any cat of the Felis catus species, bred by humans for human purposes, is termed a “domestic” or “domesticated” cat. No matter how far removed from human contact and no matter how many generations from that contact with humans, no matter how feral; it is, and will forever be, a “domestic/domesticated” cat due to its unique genetics created by human intervention.

    You need some serious education. Even first-year high-schoolers know what you apparently do not. Relentlessly spreading misinformation and ignorance does nothing for your credibility.

  3. A very thought provoking article. Too many people take for granted that a cat, as a natural predator, will automatically survive in the wild. That’s not always true. Only the ones who have been taught by their mothers stand a chance, and only those who are really great hunters. All the rest will either starve, be eaten, or die from exposure.

  4. I think the number of stray and feral cats worldwide is testament to the fact that a great many of them survive, with little to no assistance from humans. However I do agree with you that declawed cats and those afflicted with breed ‘traits’ would be seriously handicapped for a life on the streets.

    Cats are only domesticated in the sense that they have a temperament which can adapt to living alongside humans. They are born wild. Otherwise their would be no need for early socialisation with humans in which to ‘tame’ them. Personality probably plays a part too, as I’ve had some pet cats who were ‘wilder’ than others.

  5. That’s quite an extraordinary story about your mom’s cat. And I wonder why the cat chose not to return home all those years, but lived close by, on her own. I wonder if she just lived on live prey, or if fed by someone else. Or if your mom left food out?

    Thanks for sharing.

    • He was a he and he lived wild hunting and catching prey. He looked knackered when he came in 12 years later and busted up. He walked sideways because he had bad arthritis. Some cats just decide to live like their wild cat ancestors. It is in the DNA; their genetic inheritance.

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