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Do feral cats make good pets? Why or why not? — 7 Comments

  1. One of my indoor ferals is a tiny scarred cat who was about 5 years old when she came to be by way of a friend who had a summer cabin up north. He had to sell the place and asked if I knew of anyone who would take in a very feral cat. My answer was, “bring her here”. things needed to be rearranged and a special room with lots of hiding places was set up. Juanita Wildcat arrived in a humane trap. I sent my friend’s son out of the room and shut the door. Opened the trap with it facing a nice hiding place. She moved very fast and hid. I gave the trap to the young man and he left. There was already food and water bowls set up. Told her it would be ok, she was safe. Kept the door shut and only went in to clean her litter, change her water and give her food. Talked to her every time I went be the door. The other 5 furbabies took turns standing guard at the door. 4 weeks later, I put up the screen door, so she could see what was going on. She made friends with the rest of the Clowder, but ran and hid when I came by. She stayed in that room for another 3 months, then was given the run of the house. She learned during her confinement that I only came in to feed her and clean up. She gradually came near me and after 3 years, she is the most loving kitty. I can pick up up and give her kisses,and she knows what to do to get all the loving she wants. Her new name is Joy and she is a Joy.

  2. There are mild and moderate ferals that can be socialized if a caretaker will put the work into it. Ofcourse, it’s easiest if dealing with kittens. But, adult ferals require a consistent and lengthy dose of “trust therapy”. Some of my indoor post-ferals took me over a year just to get them inside and more time to even come close enough to touch.
    A TRUE feral will never be a pet.

  3. I believe a feral cat visualizes a human it comes to trust in a different way that our house raised fluffies.
    The rescues here remove kits at 4 weeks to ensure they become socialized and have a much better chance of making suitable pets.
    BabyMook is the product of a very long line of very feral cats and while taken at less than 10 days has a vastly different personality. I believe that trait is attached to the survival of the fittest. She tolerates NO ONE but us.
    In fact I would go so far as saying that an excellent specimen of a feral in the desired shape and color could well help breathe new life into some of the over bred purebreds and put the smarts back in them which may be the underlying desire to breed in the smaller wild cats by many. Personally I like the well developed totally feline persona of a feral that has learned to trust.

  4. I agree with every word. I wish I could add something but it’s all there, save for the expertise and patience it takes. I’ve managed it myself and it is very rewarding. I give the cat much of the credit though… I just did what he needed me to do, and what I should know because I have the common human brain power to do.

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