Feral cats are the 'wild' offspring of domestic cats and are primarily the result of pet owners' abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals, allowing them to breed uncontrolled. Feral cat 'colonies' can be found behind shopping areas or businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas. They are elusive and do not trust humans.
What are feral cats? A feral cat is literally a wild cat that is afraid of humans. A feral cat can also be an adult house cat that has been abandoned by its owner for a variety of reasons.
Many lost cats become feral cats when they cannot find their way home.
The life of a feral cat is filled with many scary moments, it is a true fight-for-life experience for any cat.
Finding a food source is a primary occupation for a feral cat along with finding a relatively safe place to stay.
In many areas there are large colonies of feral cats that people try to take care of. A colony is usually started when one female cat has a litter and then that litter has several litters and the numbers just keep growing.
When dealing with a stray feral cat the first thing you must have is PATIENCE. I cannot stress the importance of patience.
You must remember first of all if the stray was once a house cat with human parents and it became abandoned or lost, its feelings for humans have moved way down on the list of things to befriend.
If the cat is one of a litter of feral cats, you must remember that mommy taught that cat as a kitten to be very wary of humans. The mantra in feral colonies is “Most Humans Mean Trouble.”
With that understanding in mind the next step is to establish the beginnings of a relationship. This of course depends on where this cat is hanging out.
If the cat is staying around your house you have a pretty good chance of establishing a permanent connection.
If it is near your building at work, it will take a lot longer and in truth you may never establish enough trust to take the next step.
Wherever the location, in my mind it is really worth the effort to try.
Trying to befriend a feral or stray cat at the work place is going to be a labor of undying love on your part.
It will require you to bring food every day and possibly to spend your break times and lunch hours talking and coaxing the cat into accepting you.
If you are trying to be-friend a feral cat, please read my chapter on "feral cats" on this website.