Why are feral cats least likely to be adopted?
Cats reproduce at a fast rate, and shelters in most areas are overwhelmed. The cats least likely to be adopted are feral cats, because they aren’t people-friendly. In addition, shelters simply do not have the resources to prepare feral cats for life indoors.
When is the best time to adopt a feral cat?
We usually recommend adopting a feral cat only in situations where the cat sustained an injury and requires constant care and medication or you are fostering a pregnant or nursing feral cat who seems like she can be socialized.
What do you need to know about rehoming feral cats?
that are feral or semi-feral and unsuited to rehoming in a normal domestic situation. are working cats that can act as an environmentally friendly rodent control service. when they do become friendly once they become confident in their new situation. as neutered, flea and worm treated before being rehomed. health and welfare for their lifetime.
Can you adopt a feral cat from Alley Cat Rescue?
Cats who live outdoors either used to live indoors or are truly feral and were born outside. It is important to understand that socializing a truly feral cat is usually more difficult than socializing a stray cat (one who previously lived indoors). Alley Cat Rescue does not recommend trying to adopt every feral cat who lives in your colony.
Is it OK to adopt a feral cat?
Alley Cat Rescue does not recommend trying to adopt every feral cat who lives in your colony. Although you may be upset at the idea of them not having a home, remember the outdoors is their home. Many feral cats will be miserable living inside as a companion animal.
How old do feral cats have to be to be weaned?
Older feral cats who have been feral for a long time will be most difficult to tame, if you can tame them at all. X Research source Feral kittens should not be removed from their mothers until they are ready to be weaned, at approximately 6-8 weeks of age.
How are feral cats different from house cats?
Like a kitten born to a pet, feral kittens rely upon their mother at birth. Just because a cat is feral, it does not mean that they are cold or unfeeling. A feral queen will be just as protective of her litter as a housecat. Arguably more so, as feral cats tend to live in all-female colonies.
How long do feral cats live without human help?
Feral cats reproduce often, and TNR is an attempt to control this population. According to The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 75% of feral kittens live less than six months. Without human help and assistance, these cats are at risk of accidents and illness.