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    Re: Presence of an animal

    Quote Originally Posted by magusphredde View Post
    I would be hesitant about bringing a feral into an established household ... if you had no animals then i would say do it ... but there are different mindsets between feral and "tamed" ... That being said , if you choose to take him be careful and patient ...
    Also, ironically, feral cats often have better inter-cat social skills than domestic cats. They have worse inter-species social skills (ie with humans and dogs etc), but usually better inter-cat social skills. This is because they stay with their family unit for the natural length of time, rather than being removed for mum at 6-8 weeks of age... they learn social skills and communication skills that domestic cats usually don't get a chance to learn. They also have the benefit of more complex social structure outside of the family unit. I wouldn't be worried about the feral kitten... I'd be worried about the adult cat at home.

    If you can get a feral kitten before they're about 10 weeks old, you have a moderately good chance of socialising him to humans effectively with patience and positive reinforcement. But they usually will be much more difficult for the veterinarian to treat, and to give tablets to etc.

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    Re: Presence of an animal

    Quote Originally Posted by Rae'ya View Post

    If you can get a feral kitten before they're about 10 weeks old, you have a moderately good chance of socialising him to humans effectively with patience and positive reinforcement. But they usually will be much more difficult for the veterinarian to treat, and to give tablets to etc.
    This. If the kitty has health problems each time you need to treat them WILL be a struggle. Former feral kittens can be domesticated though and live happily in a home without too much fear of humans.
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