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Stray Cats: Feral, Suspicious, Friendly or Clinging?

What type of personality does your new stray cat have?

 

MetPet.com Staff Writer

Once you have determined that the new cat in your yard is truly a stray, you will want to catch him and take him to the vet for tests, neutering and care.

First decide where the cat's personality and demeanor lie on the Feral to Clinging scale:

Feral - This is a cat who has reverted back to a wild state.  It was likely born to a stray cat and did not become used to humans when young.  This cat rarely comes within yards of you and slinks or runs off when you call or move towards it.  Feral cats are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to turn into a house pet but they can still benefit from human care. 

Suspicious - This cat has some ease with humans and may creep forward to sniff your hand before turning tail and fleeing.  It could be a pet who has had bad experiences that has frightened it and made it wary. 

Feral and Suspicious cats are likely to pass through the neighborhood unless someone provides them a constant supply of food and water.  These are cats that can be fed for years without ever coming within yards of a human.  Even though it looks like lack of gratitude, it is simply fear, frightening past experiences or lack of understanding that makes them keep their distance. You will probably get one chance to catch these cats in a live trap so you need to set up a temporary holding area, a vet appointment and a holding area for recovery if surgery is required.   

Friendly - This cat will come up to you, rub against your legs, let you pet him and maybe even pick him up.  It is likely a pet that was left by its previous family, wandered from home and became confused, is heading back to a former home or perhaps hitched a ride in an open car or truck.  Since he is still friendly, he is probably recently lost or abandoned.

Clinging - This is the cat that desperately wants a new home.  It may show up at your back door banging or rubbing its head against it and mewing to be let in.  When you open the door, this is the cat that races inside and refuses to go back out.  Once inside, this cat wants to curl up against your neck, sleep in your lap, follow you everywhere or hide underneath everything.  This cat may be very young and recently lost or abandoned.  This cat may also be starving or hurt and in desperate need of attention. 

Friendly and Clinging cats will stick around as long as there is a reliable supply of food and water and a hospitable environment.  Since you can pick up and place these cats into a carrier at any time, you can make a vet appointment at your convenience. 

 
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