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Should You Feed Stray or Feral Cats?

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Should you feed a stray or feral cat? Before you do, you should know a few important things.

First, let me explain the difference between a "feral" and a "stray" cat. A feral cat is one that has had little or no human contact and is usually unapproachable by people. Stray cats are cats that once had owners and were abandoned or became lost.

Feral cats take a significant amount of time to become loving companions (if ever), but they still deserve the care and respect of humans. They have been born into or adapted to outdoor life without human contact, living together in loose families organized as colonies, and can do well in urban as well as rural areas.

If you notice feral or stray cats in your area and have decided to open your heart to help, there are several things you can do.

Dr. Dawn Ruben has written an excellent article that explains how to deal with feral and stray cats. Keep in mind that helping feral cats isn't as simple as just leaving them food. There are many things to consider and some of the things you may think are helpful may actually be bad for the cats.

To read the full article, go to: Care of Feral Cats

Please get the facts on feral cats. This will teach you how best to make a difference in these cat's lives.

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