Do some feral/stray cats seem to ask for domestic?
Domestication but the software wouldn't let me write the whole word, ha ha
Okay, my girlfriend and I recently adopted Bobby, a little grey shorthair stray (or feral, whatever you wish) who was part of a small pack of cats that frequented our apartment walkway, mostly because my gf fed them, which was fine with me.
Anyway, I've got Bobby's adoption (and neutering) story in the "Meet Kitty" section. I have to admit, I'm a pretty bright guy but I seem to never find the correct section for a new thread -- a bit afterward and it's been moved by one of the mods to a new section and I have to do a word search to find it. This is okay by me, I just don't seem to be able to second guess the mods. haha
All right, back to topic...
Bobby was very peaceful and didn't skittle away like the other cats did. He'd hang around when we were outside, linger on the fringe, and gradually he got closer and closer to my girlfriend first, then me, and we could pet him.
He's a very smooth and gentle little guy, smart and attentive and in excellent health (the vet checked him over) but he didn't show the fright that other feral cats had of us. He seemed to "welcome" our attention and that was why we decided to adopt him -- he's very much friendly with my old cat RJ too.
But it seemed as though he wanted to join the family. Before he was taken inside "formally", he'd often make a move to come inside with us, all on his own. He'd sit at the window ledge and scratch at the screen, looking for someone to come out. And when we did, he'd run to us and mew and ask for petting.
So... amazing that some mostly feral/wild/stray cats have the urge to be with humans, even more than with their own kind. It seems to go against natural instincts until we realize that house cats (even the wild ones) are a domesticated subspecies of felines, and have been with humans for at least 5000 years.
That apparently makes the difference, I guess, and shows why it's so difficult (and usually discouraged) to try to domesticate a truly wild species, such as a bobcat.
Anyway, Bobby's a new family member now and we're all happy.
Your feedback on domestication of strays, and how some of them seem to "ask" for this? Thanks.