A descendant of a domestic cat that has returned to the wild.
A feral cat is a descendant of a domestic cat that has returned to the wild. These cat's have never had any contact with humans or had had limited or diminishing contact over a long period of time. Kittens born feral can be socialized and brought into the home.
Is there a difference between feral cats and stray cats? There most certainly is. A stray cat had previously been socialized, interacting with people on a regular basis. At one point the stray cat had decided to leave the home, was abandoned, or lost. Over a long period of time a stray cat can become feral as the interaction with people quickly diminishes and the survival instinct takes over. A feral cat is one that has not known or had any contact with people and lives alone in the wild.
For more information visit www.alleycat.org/strayorferal
Trappers are needed to humanely trap a cat or colony of cats so they can be spayed or neutered, helping to put an end to pet overpopulation.
If you enjoy caring for cats or kittens, BCCC is interested in talking with you about our foster care program.