Outdoor Cats: A Pet, Stray And Feral

Cats

The outdoor cats may be pet cats whose owners let them outdoors, or they may be feral or stray community cats who live outdoors.


Feral cats have either never had any contacts with humans or their contacts with humans have diminished over time. They are usually too fearful to be handled or adopted.



Stray cats have been socialized to people at some point in their life, but have left or lost their domestic home, as well as most human contacts and dependence. They are usually tame and comfortable around people.

Many people see a cat who seems homeless and start feeding the cat. Ideally, if the homeless cat is tame, the first step is to try to find the cat's owner. If the owner can't be found, step two is to try to find a permanent home for the cat through a shelter, rescue or other means. If the homeless cat is feral, it's best to find out if there are any groups doing Trap-Neuter-Return in the community.


Budapest cat
Pet cat, Budapest, Hungary

Pet cat
Pet cat, Vilnius, Lithuania

Stray cat
Stray cat, Vilnius, Lithuania

Stray cat
Stray cat, Vilnius, Lithuania

Cat
Stray cat, Vilnius, Lithuania

Paris cat
Stray cat, Paris, France

Burano cat
Pet cat, Burano Island, Italy

Cat
Stray cat, Valencia, Spain

Cat
Pet cat, Granada, Spain

Cat in Barcelona
Feral cat, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona cat
Feral cat, Barcelona, Spain

Cats
Feral cats, Barcelona, Spain

Cats in Barcelona
Feral cats, Barcelona, Spain

Cats in Barcelona
Feral cats, Barcelona, Spain

Cat
Feral cat, Barcelona, Spain

Cat
Feral cat, Barcelona, Spain

Kitten
Stray Kitten, Malaga, Spain

Kitten
Stray Kitten, Malaga, Spain

Cat
Stray cat, Malaga, Spain

Malaga cat
Stray cat, Malaga, Spain



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