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Man slowly, patiently befriends feral cat

If you know anything about feral cats, you know that they’re really skittish. You can’t just befriend them, because they’re too suspicious––even if you do get close. This man took a long time to befriend this cat.

Full story at YouTube.

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  • Let me know if he stops it from wiping out the bird life-

  • Dave

    I would be that’s not a feral cat. He would never have displayed the body language he did later in the video. And you’re probably right. He would eventually, with enough patience, make a good house cat. We have one with a similar story. He’s eight years into being a big old lap cat. Has never been outside since 2009. I commend you for making this all happen for your spotted tabby friend, whatever his name may have been.

  • AbbyandSadiesMom

    Joey, the end of the video says the cat was trapped and brought to a shelter whereas a family adopted the cat. That being said, the shelter would have spayed/neutered the cat. In doing so, it reduces the hormones/testosterone levels within a short period of time and the cat would’ve calmed right down. Since it’s now living with a family, odds are he doesn’t have the need to kill the wildlife, or hopefully, she/he has become an indoor cat. The fact that this video ographer took the time to befriend the cat is awesome. Whatever physical issue/health issue this cat had while in the wild would’ve been resolved by the shelter’s vet prior to adoption. I’d say this is a win-win situation.

  • Madlyn

    I bet the cat was put down and not adopted. He was not tame enough to go into a home. I would never bring a feral cat to a shelter. They will not keep him, but destroy him.

  • AbbyandSadiesMom

    Madlyn, my response to you seems to have disappeared. Suffice to say, if the cat was taken to a no-kill shelter, it would’ve been fixed and given age-appropriate shots. It is not unreasonable to think the cat was adopted out if it showed signs of domesticity. If not, it would be part of a TNR program – trap, neuter, release. It would still be fixed and have its shots but would be returned to the wild if it was truly feral. I don’t think that’s what happened here.

  • Lottie E Hotaling

    Even “no kill” shelters will euthanize unadoptable animals and that usually includes ferals. Ferals can be tamed and often do make good house cats but they often don’t, either, and shelters won’t take the time to rehab a feral.

  • Cats and many wild mammals are inherently lazy. As long as you kept cat food out there it would maybe half-as* chase an animal or two, but it’s creature eating days would be over.
    If you are such an animal lover, why didn’t you take it in?
    I agree with other poster, feral cats brought into shelters end up being euthanized – good job loser.

  • I can relate to this video. When I lived out in the country I befriended a wild cat that used to be somebodies pet such as this one. We named him Hobo. I got him as far as in the house to eat and could scratch his head. Then one day came home and saw his body in the road. I’m glad I was able to make him somewhat happy. Every time I would shake the bag of cat food he would come a running. RIP Hobo.

  • Joey, it’s called the circle of life. As to euthanasia, I believe most communities that practice TNR are legit. Talk to your vet and he/she will confirm it. I lived in a community that practiced it (Michigan). We always left food out for the ferals. Statistics state ferals only live approximately two years due to accidents and injury by other animals or humans(!)

  • good looking tiger cat.

  • jacki

    Animal shelters and Humane Societies do not take the time to tame ferals, No kill shelters only mean they don’t get killed under their roof. Unfortunately the only chance they’ll have to survive, is if someone from a TNR comes in to rescue them. A beautiful story with a heartbreaking ending…I thought the photographer was gonna keep the cat, I wish he would have. Poor cat!

  • AbbyandSadiesMom

    “Even “no kill” shelters will euthanize unadoptable animals and that usually includes ferals.” Lottie, you are incorrect. I know, because I work for a no-kill shelter. Providing the shelter has a TNR program, as mine has, a truly feral will be fully vetted, like any other cat. The only difference is while it’s under anesthesia, a notch will be taken from one of the ears so other volunteers will know that cat was seen. The feral is returned to the colony and monitored by volunteers who maintain the health of the colony 365 days/year with clean food/water, cleaning up any debris. Should a feral die, those volunteers or animal control will pick it up to keep the colony healthy. Any alleged feral who actually is a domesticated cat and comes around will be put up for adoption. Only (3) reasons a no-kill shelter will put down an animal: (1) contagious animal whose contagion can’t be arrested; (2) terminal animal in pain with no quality of life left; (3) vicious animal who cannot be rehabilitated. That’s it. According to the end of the video here, the gentleman said the cat went to a shelter and was adopted by a family. No reason to disbelieve it. It happens all the time. Our shelter does it frequently. We also have both volunteers and adopters who specialize in ferals and only adopt them and work with them. Truly feral cats never really become domesticated; however, they can respond to one individual who is caring for them.

  • Mary Murphy

    In many cities in my state, you can capture a feral cat, bring it to a shelter where they will fix it and then give it back to be released in the same area it was found.

  • Nomi

    I love all cats. I hate to see any destroyed. It is in their nature to hunt and kill. Can’t blame an animal for being an animal. I have lots of inside cats. Never killed the first bird, or any other animal. Personally, I think pet cats should be kept indoors. I think its great this person took the time to feed this kitty. When they are hungry, they want food, as does a person.

  • Nomi

    I meant I have had lots of inside cats. Don’t have any, at present time.

  • tess

    Local shelter here takes in ferals. They are given health checkup, shots, spay/neuter, and microchip. They are advertised as barn cats. That means they have safe, comfortable space to sleep, food and a job catching mice. It works better than TNR. Shelter also checks their new homes for safety because we had a problem with people adopting cats to use them for dog fighting bait.

  • Birch

    His ending was too wrapped up for me. I agree with all those who say the cat was put down, as there is no way a family adopted it w/in a week of being sheltered. Cats are natural hunters, and if he did not want it hunting in his habitat, then trap it and take it to another location.

  • There are some really ignorant people here. Even well fed cats like to hunt. They don’t get lazy just because they are well fed. I have 6 cats, all very well fed, you may even call them fat, but they still constantly hunt. There are always dead rodents in the driveway along with an occasional bird. Most of our cats were feral. We enticed them with food & water, and eventually befriended them. They even warmed up to our pit bull.
    They are all big babies now. 4 are toms, 2 are females, they all get along quite well.

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