- A feral cat is a wild animal that is of the same species as a domesticated cat. These cats are often the offspring of unaltered runaway cats or strays. They will not like humans unless they are socialized with us as kittens.
- Feral cats live in forests, apartment complexes, and restaurant parking lots. Basically, they go where they can get food.
- Feral cats are carnivores, but they often end up eating garbage.
- There are an estimated 60 million to 120 million feral cats within the U.S. alone.
- After age 6 months, cats can produce 3 litters of kittens per year (the gestation period is about 65 days). These litters have about two to four kittens in them on average. Unfortunately, only a small amount of feral kittens survive.
- Feral cats in managed colonies are approximately as healthy and live as long as their indoor counterparts.
- There is a colony of 10,000 feral cats in Florida.
- Every winter, feral cats' ears run the chance of breaking off.
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problems that feral cats are encountering and what you can do to help!