For those of you that don’t know exactly what the definition is of Domestic cats and Ferals cat, keep reading.
Domestic Cats VS. Feral Cats
A Domestic cat is simply another name for a house-cat. A Feral cat is one born or returned to the wild. The terms “Feral” and “Stray” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.
A Feral cat is born in the wilderness. A pet cat (or domestic) that has ran away from home or been abandoned is considered a stray.
Lifespan Of A Domestic Cat vs. A Feral Cat
The average domestic cat lives anywhere from 12-15 years. The average lifespan for a feral cat is between 0 and 8 years. Cats that live in the wild may not have access to the food and water that they need to survive. That is one of the reasons that feral cats have a shorter lifespan. Additionally, feral cats also have many natural predators, such as coyotes, wolves or cars.
There are also a number of illnesses that can affect both domestic and feral cats. Domestic cats can easily get the veterinarian care that they need. Feral cats have no access to medical care, which is why they usually do not live past the age of eight.
Environment Of The Domestic Cat vs. Feral Cat
Domestic cats live either indoors or outdoors. Approximately half of cat owners keep their cat inside of the house. Feral cats primarily live in the wild, but they may also live in alleys, parks, barns and hospital grounds. Because feral cats are forced to live wherever they make home, they have to endure harsh environmental conditions. Harsh environmental conditions can also shorten the lifespan of a feral cat.
Domestic cats can be loving and social if they are socialized at a young age. Because feral cats do not have any interaction with humans, they are very likely to be aggressive. Many people believe that feral cats can be tamed and made into suitable house pets. However, some believe that feral cats will always posses their wild nature. It takes a certain type of person to take the time to tame a wild cat.
Domestic cat vs. feral cat: Population
It is estimated that there are over 220 million domestic cats in the world. It is very hard for wildlife experts to get an accurate count of the number of feral cats living in the world today. However, it is estimated that there are over 60 million feral cats in the United States alone.
Cat Diets For These Two Types Of Felines
Most domestic cats eat commercial cat food. They may also eat vegetables, cheese, meat and fish. Feral cats are forced to eat whatever they can find. Rodents, amphibians, rabbits, moles and birds are some of the many foods that feral cats eat.
Can A Domestic Cat Become A Feral Cat?
Again, a cat that is born in the wild is considered feral. Therefore, a domestic cat can never become a feral cat. However, if a domestic cat gives birth to a litter of kittens in the wild, the kittens will be considered feral.
Why are there so many feral cats?
What is the relationship between a domestic cat and a feral cat?
The feral cat population is growing. The main reason that there are so many feral cats is because domestic cats keep reproducing. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. Many people choose to abandon their cat if they cannot care for it. Ferrel cats reproduce much faster than domestic cats. In fact, a female feral cat can very easily give birth to up to 18 kittens per year. Most of the time, only half of these kittens survive.
The Humane society is trying to cut down on the overpopulation problem by encouraging people to spray and neuter their cats. Spraying or neutering a domestic cat will not reduce the number of feral cats. However, there will be fewer cats born in the wild if domestic cats stop reproducing.
The humane society has also started a policy called trap-test-vaccinate-alter-released. This is a program that traps feral cats and takes them to the veterinarian. The cats are vaccinated, tested and sprayed or neutered. The animals that test positive for serious illnesses are euthanized. The feral cats that are healthy are released back into the area that they were trapped.