Quick Answer: Can A Feral Cat Become A House Pet?

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Can you domesticate a feral cat?

Socialized cats are fully domesticated and comfortable around humans, while feral cats have had little to no human contact and are basically wild animals. Although it is a slow, difficult process, taming a semi-feral cat is possible.

How do you get a feral cat to trust you?

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How long does it take for a domestic cat to go feral?

After reaching four months old, a kitten will likely retain some typical feral characteristics for the rest of his life, such as fear of strangers or change. A fully adult feral cat may require years to socialize, if they ever do.

How can you tell if a cat is feral?

Feral cats are used to being on their own so they are better to groom themselves. If you are able to get close to the cat, you can check if they’re footpads are calloused or soft; Indoor cats or cats that are not outside often will have soft paw pads.

How do you befriend a feral cat?

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Is a feral cat dangerous?

Science shows feral cat colonies aren’t a risk to humans. The health risks that catch and kill advocates most often blame on cats are intestinal parasites, rabies, flea-borne typhus, and toxoplasmosis. Yet the spread of these diseases has never been conclusively linked to feral cats.

Is it safe to pet a feral cat?

”Stray cats are dangerous”, ”you can’t touch them”, ”they have diseases”, ”you can die.” That stray cats will bite you, or scratch you, and therefore you should avoid them. Because they will spread sicknesses and in worst case they might kill you. So basically you can watch them, but not touch them.

Can you have a feral cat as a pet?

Yes, that stray cat or alley cat can become your beloved house cat, but there are some caveats you should consider. Feral cats are wild and not used to people or domesticated. Stray cats and some alley cats have often had socialization and may have even been neutered and received health care.

Do feral cats meow?

But many cats do meow to communicate with their humans. In fact, meowing at humans is a behavior that’s only present in cats who have been raised around humans. Feral cats do not meow at humans as a form of communication (though some may develop this habit if they’re successfully tamed and domesticated.)