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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Can an outdoor cat with a home turn feral?

I think Blanco is eating somewhere else and feeding himself. He hardly spends any time in the house and when he does, he may tolerate a few pets and that's it. He used to sit on my lap at times. He let me pill him with less trouble than his mom. Yet today he brought home a half eaten animal and I threw it out. He used to bring them home alive and eat them in my yard - I didn't know the origin of this one. He let me pet him a couple of times and meowed when I walked away so I pet him again. Then he gave a mean cat face and a forward swat at me. It kind of scared me. He walked in the house, and left with no attention to me. I think he is going feral?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 09:13 PM
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Feral describes animals who have lost their habituation to people - or were born and spent their early months with no contact with people.

I don't think I'd describe him as 'feral', unsocialized is the term that comes to mind. If I was in your position I'd work with him to improve his tolerance, for ease of care and safety. Jmo.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-25-2014, 11:46 AM
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I call it independence.
My Finlay disappeared one day and was lost for four months. One day he just turned up at home and didn't stop meowing. After a while I thought I'd lie down in bed and he immediately jumped up and started nursing on my neck (he did this every night when he was a baby.) I think he was making sure I remembered him. Now he likes some pets and I can give him a pill or a shot very quickly, but I wouldn't say he's a house cat (perhaps it's the call of the wild.)
All my cats are different and some of them just seem to go through a change after adolescence.

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