“Feral” cats as well as domestic cats are generally the same, the difference between them being that “feral” cats are not socialized to people. They have adapted to living outdoors or in territories where they come into very little contact with humans. If approached, these “feral” cats tend to withdraw to prevent contact with humans.
It has been determined through studies that feral cats are more mobile than domestic cats as house cats spend ninety percent of their day involved in less activity and a greater amount of time sleeping. While feral cats were engaged in being active fourteen per cent of the time, domestic cats spent a scant three per cent of their day involved in prey stalking or running about which makes them a lot less active.
A 2-year study undertaken at the Illinois-Champaign University by researchers, followed forty-two cats using radio collars which revealed that feral cats roamed a lot more that domestic cats that were free roaming. It was discovered that one of the male feral cats of mixed breeding, had a one-thousand-three-hundred-and-fifty-one-acre range which was the largest of wild cats whereas for domestic cats, the mean distance was a meagre 4.9 acres.
Cats that live outdoors live lives that are long and healthy. It has been discovered through research that they do not endure difficult lives or present a risk to the health of other cats. It is important to note that feral cats are no threat to the health of communities where they reside nor are they breeding grounds for illness.
Should colonies of feral cats become uncontrollable, the food sources of the feral cats need to be reduced. Begin by ensuring that your trash is not over-full which will result in overflowing trash and make sure that the trash can lid is fitted tightly. It is also important to ensure that no food scraps that are organic are left lying around outdoors.
Request your neighbours to also use trash can lids that are tight-fitting to make sure the cans are properly sealed. Should you decide to feed the feral cats, make sure that the food is some distance from your house – at least thirty feet (9.1 m).
Unfortunately, as feral cats are seen as unadoptable, they will be euthanized should they be handed in to a shelter. In the United States there are roughly sixty million feral cats. There are a number of organizations of veterinarians attempting to enhance the feral cats’ quality of life while reducing the amount of community cats.
Once a feral cat has been neutered or spayed and vaccinated, it is sent back to the colony it was taken from and allowed to live a healthy, full but non-reproductive life. The most humane, least costly as well as efficient method of reducing and stabilizing the community cat population is TNR.
As feral cats can be rather savage, never try to either corner, trap or capture them. Medical treatment must be sought for immunization should a feral cat bite or scratch you.