Call me dumb...but I have to ask.I have never, until I joined TCS afew weeks ago, heard the word "feral". What does it mean? How is it different than a "stray" cat?
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10/3/05 at 5:06am
Originally Posted by stampit3d
Hummmm....that helps...I think.
I had 3 kittens (could NOT have been even been 6 weeks old!)dropped off near our home one time years ago.
They were scared to death of me..and hungrier than all get out. I warmed some milk and set it out in a saucer....and they came to inspect it when i stood back. They apparently were drawn to the smell, but when they started to drink they were sputtering and had it even coming out their noses. It was obvious that they had never even been dish fed before. As they were drinking I was able to walk right up to them, but when I reached out to stroke one of them it attacked me ...socking it`s needle teeth and claws into my finger and would`nt let go. I had to shake my hand to make the kitten release it`s grip on my finger. (I felt terrible about it afterwards, but it was an instant reaction to the pain) I never knew a kitten so small could hurt someone so bad.
Needless to say I LEARNED my lesson!
Within a couple of days I was able to pet all 3 and they ended up being the nicest cats. We kept 1 (actually it was the one who had attacked me!) and found good homes for the other 2 when they were old enough to be apart from their siblings.
Would these be considered "feral" kittens?
I`ve never to this day been able to understand why anybody in their right mind would drop off 3 little kittens like that. There is no way they would have been able to survive alone! REALLY P***ed me off BIG TIME!
Originally Posted by stampit3d
AWWWW....how awful to have to go through your whole life being afraid.
I`m glad you kept her anyway. A lot of people would`nt have ....and then she`d probably have ended up a mess...and with tons of wild kittens over the years too.(Not that I don`t love kittens...but you know what I mean)
Originally Posted by Aries
Then there is Kit Kat. She is a feral female that appeared at our farm about 3 yrs ago. She was already grown. She would sneak up for food and just sort of hung about, but will allow no human contact. She growls, hissed, and strikes if you invade her personal space and she can't run away. I have tried talking to her. Coaxing her with food. Trapping her in a box. (Not a good idea, she goes ballistic and completely freaks out and had to be released before she hurt herself.) She continues to resist any personal contact with us after 3 years. She is content to come and eat and then she removes to the edge of the yard or to the top of one of the vehicles in the drive where she likes to sun herself. I did once lightly stroke the top of her back with my finger tips while she was eating with some of the other cats after standing perfectly still for about 30 minutes one day. She immediately looked up and hissed and ran off and wouldn't return until I left though. I need to have spayed as she has had two or three litters, but haven't been able to get her to the vet some 30 miles away yet.
God has a place and a purpose for all His creatures, tame and feral. Enjoy them all!