To determine if a cat is feral, stray, or just a visiting cat from the neighborhood, the cat should be monitored for a few days. Use the information in the chart below to determine if the animal is feral or stray (stray refers to homeless cats that are lost or abandoned pets and have not been born in the wild).
If the cat is clean, healthy, and friendly, it is likely a neighborhood cat just visiting. You can put a collar on the cat with a note asking the owners to notify you if this is their cat. This way an owned cat does not mistakenly get taken to the Humane Society.
If this same cat starts to lose weight or looks increasingly disheveled, it is likely a lost or abandoned pet. You may choose to bring the cat inside or to bring to the Humane Society. In either scenario, signs should be posted in the neighborhood regarding a found cat, and a found report made to HSHV.
|Feral Cat||Stray Cat (lost or abandoned)|
|Silent except mating calls and hisses||Meows|
|Only seen at dawn and dusk to hunt||Seen at all times of day and night|
|Will eat food only after humans have retreated a distance||Will eat food with humans standing within six foot|
|Can never be touched or held||May be touched, held or approached within limitations.|
|If cornered will hiss, spit and fight hard||If cornered will try to hide but fight if pushed|
|Looks clean and healthy (feral cats are better at surviving in the wild)||Looks dirty and unwell|
|Intact or neutered and ear tipped as part of TNR||Intact or Neutered|
|No collar or microchip||Might have collar and microchip|
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