Difference between feral Cats, stray cats, and pet Cats
Stray cats are found near our homes, restaurants, parks, and n the garbage. These are found almost on all continents, with an estimated 600 million cats across the world. These cats are un- socialized with humans. A stray cat has partially trusted humans. They may or may not avoid by a person.
A pet cat is one that a person keeps with himself in his house. Man loves it. He enjoys playing with it. These cats have a strong connection with humans. These cats are fully trusted humans. They may sleep on the same bed as the owner.
This is a type of stray cat, but these are different from a stray cat. Feral cats live on streets, on vacant lots, dodge cars, and in the forest. Feral cats are also unsocialized and scared of humans. These cats never trusted humans. They live short lives, sometimes only for two to three years. People avoid feral cats because they leave issues, including noisy fights, odor, urinating, and flea infestation.
Following are the problems faced by feral cats and babies
Feral cats and babies face the problems of shelter because they avoid people, and people also avoid them. After pregnancy. The feral cat moves its offspring to a safe place to avoid interaction with other species and prevent other predators.
Food is the main problem faced by each species living on earth. A feral cat that lives in the forest has a hardened life. A feral mother manages food for her offspring by predating small amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and birds. Large animals snatch her food like tigers, leopards, etc. the feral cat lives in the streets and faces more food problems than living in the forest. They have no social connection with human society. They should make a hard struggle to manage food for their offspring and themselves.
Water is an important part of all organisms. Without water, life cannot exist on earth. Feral cats also face the problem of drinking fresh water. They drink polluted water that causes diseases in cats.
Predation is the main cause of extinct feral cats. Feral cats live in forest predation by large animals like leopards, tigers, lions, wild boars, jackals, hyenas, etc. The extinction of feral cats also causes by advancements in human society and industrialization. Feral cats do not have the proper place to live and give birth to their newborns.
Feral cats live very short and hard lives. They never die in old age. Feral cats face very chronic diseases in their lives. These diseases cause the death of cats and babies. Feral kittens caused by respiratory diseases and infections are characterized by a runny nose, runny eyes, and upper respiratory infection. Feral cats also face the diseases of herpes viral conjunctivitis, aids, leukemia, infectious peritonitis, etc.
Following are the things that we provide feral cats and babies for their survives
The feral cat needs all those basic things that other cats need.
When a stray cat or feral cat comes to our homes our priority is to build a shelter made from wood or plastic storage containers. We should make it possible that the shelter must be airy, well insulated, and its door open outside. There is no need to make a nest of huge size. Placing the shelter in the shade during the summer and autumn season make the shelter cool during the hot season. But during winter or the cool season, place the shelter under sunlight which keeps the shelter warm.
We must provide food to feral cats and babies in an ample amount. Cats require more fat in the winter season, which provides a large amount of energy, and canned food is best to provide energy to the cat. Cats love to eat meat. So, we provide eat and milk to feral cat babies as possible. If we find any difficulty paying for food, many organizations worldwide provide free food for cats. Pet stores also provide discounts to feral cat caretakers.
We must provide fresh water to a feral cats, giving it energy. We should make it possible for a cat to have easy access to fresh water near the shelter during the summer and winter seasons. The dehydrated cat faced several diseases like headaches, stomach cramps, and loss of energy. The water must be fresh because polluted water contains many bacteria and viruses that cause many chronic diseases.
A feral cat has a strong immune system than a pet. But it almost needs treatment and medication.
A feral cat without fleas on its body is impossible. A very effective method for flea treatment is to provide crushed Capstar to cat feed. Capstar is easily available online in every pet store. Capstar has no unpleasant odor, and it kills fleas within hours.
The cat or kitten feels uncomfortable having ear mites. It causes infection but is not harmful to life. If your cat has ear mites, then contact your vet. Tresadrm ear drops are very effective for ear mites, and this treatment is applied twice for fourteen to fifteen days.
Feral cats and kittens contain many kinds of parasites like roundworms, coccidia, etc. because it is common in all cats and kittens, they should be given pyrantel pamoate, and it should be repeated two times a day.
Vaccination is the source that makes the immune strong of feral cats. It helps the cat to prevent diseases and viral infections. Following are the name of vaccines given to feral cats.
- Rabbies vaccine
- FVRCP vaccine
- feline leukemia vaccine