Feral cats have either never had any contact with humans or their contacts with humans have diminished over time. They are the same species as pet cats but are usually too fearful to be handled or adopted and are truly wild animals. Kittens are born neutral. The sooner they have human contact, the easier it will be to tame them.
These cats often live in colonies and usually congregate near landfills and garbage bins, cafes, shops, parks, or in rural areas where they can scavenge food or are fed by one or more people.
Do homeless cats live good life? No, they live short, hard lives on the streets. Almost half of the kittens born outdoors die from diseases, exposure or parasites before their first year. If a homeless cat survives kittenhood, its average lifespan is less than two years if living on its own.
Here are my photos of feral cats at a beach in Barcelona, Spain.
While traveling in Europe, I have seen feral cats many times in almost every country I visited, especially Spain. When I lived in Tenerife, the largest island of the Canary Islands, for six months, I fed 4 feral cats daily. They never let me get closer to them: either immediately escaped or hissed aggressively.
The best way to help feral cats is through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR programs aim to humanely reduce feral cat populations by trapping cats, vaccinating, spaying or neutering them and then releasing them back into their former home environments.
Official website: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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