Cats have excellent hunting instincts, which is why they chase a shoestring with enthusiasm, and why they play rough sometimes with other cats and even their beloved humans. But these cats live among pigeons without hunting them down.
This could be because they’re used to pigeons, because they pigeons don’t escape when they see them – something that would’ve evoked the feline hunting instincts for sure, or because there are so many pigeons, the cat can’t concentrate on one in particular. The pigeons do fly when the cats start running, but then they’re freaked out by the camera, so they ignore the birds.
However, these two cats didn’t hunt the pigeons. They were surrounded by a bunch of birds, and it didn’t occur to them to attack. They were very polite, as much as cats can be polite, especially feral cats. They usually hunt them ferociously.
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I’ve heard people say feral cats can’t be domesticated, that feral cats can’t be good pets. But from my experience, that depends on the cat’s personality. Each cat has a unique personality, just like people.
Showing affection If ‘domesticated’ means being able to love their humans and show love, the answer is yes. Feral felines can be domesticated this way. I took an adult stray cat, Amiga, off the street. She was born and raised on the streets. And she’s a lap cat. She jumps on my lap and won’t get off. If she had her way, she’d stay on my lap all day long. So it’s possible for a feral cat who’d never had human contact before, who’d never been inside a house before, to be affectionate.
In fact, all animals love their owners. Even wild animals can show love. I know woman who’d taken a wounded bat that was hit by a car to her house, and she’s keeping it as a pet.
Bad patients Feral cats tend to be more suspicious than house cats, and some of them have a sixth sense, so they know when you’re going to force a pill down their throat or put them in a cage to take to the vet. If being domesticated means the cat will let you take them to the vet without attacking you, then many feral cats can’t be domesticated. Then again, many house cats will attack you and the vet under these circumstances. Except feral cats tend to be more aggressive.
Friendly to strangers Most feral cats aren’t friendly to strangers, and they won’t let a stranger get near them, much less touch them. But that doesn’t mean a feral cat can’t be domesticated! My Amiga was like this at first. It took her a while to warm up to me, and more importantly, to trust me.
Personality Every cat has a different personality. One of my cats, Princessa, also a feral taken off the street as a grown cat, won’t let me pet her even though I had her for a long time, but then there are friendly feral cats out there who let strangers pet them. It’s not that feral cats can’t be domesticated. It’s that every cat has their own personality. However, I suspect that if Princessa was raised by humans as a kitten, she wouldn’t be so suspicious today. This is one feral cat that can’t be domesticated.
One of my four cats, Chocolate Paws, doesn’t live in the house. He just shows up to eat. He’s an example of a feral cat that won’t be domesticated. I shot a video of him, but he was camera-shy. Here it is.
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This isn’t a typical feral cat rescue story, where the human finds the cat. This is one of these times where it’s the feral cat who finds the human and rescues herself.
Amiga was one of those feral cats, born and raised on the streets, eating from the garbage and the little food she could scrap from cats’ feeders, who struggle to feed so many feral cats, there’s never enough food for everyone.
She was smart enough to leap through the window into my first floor apartment, leaping into my life, leaping into a better life. This feral cat now eats the best food and gets veterinary care. Also, she gets lots of love and affection from me, something she craves constantly.
The brown cat is Amiga, and the black cat is Princessa. Two feral cats who’d rescued themselves.
Amiga loves to play, but Princessa doesn’t always like it. Amiga and Princessa both arrived pretty much at the same time, smelling the cats’ food I left out for my first cat, Hazelnut. So I guess you can call it a double rescue story.
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There are so many brown striped feral cats around here. Less black and white ones. Orange cats are the minority. I just had to take this video.
I was taking a walk in the neighborhood, because I love watching trees and bushes go backwards as I walk forward, the scenery changes. I see cats everywhere. If there’s a cat under a car, I’ll see it. And there was this orange cat, really cute.
Is it a cat or a kitten? Cats have their babies in fall and spring. Especially I see them in the fall. This one seems to be a teenager.
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This feral cat must’ve smelled the cats’ food. When I opened my window to let Hazelnut (black and white feral cat sitting on top of the air conditioner in the video), in the house, this cat just stared at me. I wish I could feed her, too, but I can’t afford to feed ALL the feral cats in the neighborhood. I work for minimum wage, doing surveys over the phone, and feed four feral cats and pay the vet for their treatment.
So, she was so cute, I just had to video her, these wide eyes. By the way, I’ve made a mistake with my previous videos, holding the camera vertical, when I should’ve been holding it horizontal. Which is why there were black edges on both sides of the videos. I corrected it. Here’s the result.
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Cats just love to sleep. The average feline sleeps twelve to sixteen hours. Cats certainly sleep much more than humans. It’s not that they’re lazy. It’s probably an evolutionary thing. They gain new energy through sleep, recharging for a new day in the jungle. You need a lot of energy when faced with survival issues such as predators and food shortage, and when you have to hunt for a living and rely on sharp instincts and speed to survive.
And felines can nap in places that would’ve been uncomfortable for a human, positions that are inconvenient. Sometimes they sleep curled up or in other strange position. Again, that’s the only way to survive in the jungle. It’s not like they have bed and breakfasts in the forests. Feral and domestic cats make do with any warm spot they can find.
That feline ability to fall asleep so easily fascinates me, as a chronic insomniac who’d suffered from inability to sleep since childhood. Although it’s a shame cats sleep so much and miss out on activity, I’d happily trade places with them. Besides, they can always dream fascinating dreams.
The transformation from sleep to wakefulness is easier for cats When cats wake up, they’re usually not as cranky as a human who’d been awakened. They don’t need their three cups of coffee to start the day. They yawn, stretch, and are ready to go. Another evolutionary trait that helped them stay alive in the jungle. You can’t wast time being disoriented when you’re both a hungry predator and a small creature who can fall prey to larger meat-eaters.
Cats have an acute awareness even when sleeping My cats always wake up when I want to force them to swallow a pill or put anti-flea drops on the back of their necks. I had a cat who’d wake up whenever I walked out of the room, and he’d follow me and fall asleep next to me. Another way to survive in the jungle, when you don’t know what kind of creatures may approach you when you sleep, and what their intention is. When deep sleep can be dangerous, a light snooze will do.
I was taking the garbage out, and there was this cute cat outside. I just had to video her. Can’t take her home, though, because I already take care of four cats and can’t afford another one.
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There are a million feral cats around here. You see them wherever you go, jumping out of garbage cans, hanging in backyards. I took four home, and I’ve taken a few sick cats to the vet. But I can’t take them all home.
There are cats’ feeders here, who give food to the strays in parks, yards, and sometimes in the streets. Some people give them a hard time, because some people see these cats as pests. But they’re hungry, and they didn’t ask to be feral cats. Shelters are full.
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