There are wild cats, feral cats, stray cats and domestic cats. There are 36 different wild cat types and about 10,000 years ago, one of them, living near Syria, liked to live around farmers because there were plenty of mice to eat. The famer liked its company. From the first domestic cat the world now has 500,000,000 of them but a lot are almost wild. They are feral cats.
The domestic cat is a small species of furry mammal and they are at their happiest in a home where they are well cared for. This means good food suitable for a strict carnivore, love from their human guardian expressed in concern for their health and welfare.
Nowadays in America, the biggest marketplace for cats, there are about 96,000,000 domestic cats in homes across the country in 68 percent of households. But taken as a whole the standard of care of domestic cats needs to be higher because over the years many millions of perfectly healthy cats have been killed at shelters because no one wants them. There are too many cats although some people think there are too many in one place but not enough in another.
There are also far too many feral cats negatively impacting nature. And sometimes they are abused by people. Going forward people need to deal with this important problem urgently and humanely.