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A True Feral or an Indoor/Outdoor Family Pet

Sunday, December 29, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We have two indoor cats that are like family but there are many cats in our neighborhood. We feed several feral cats who come around daily for a dry porch and a bite to eat. These cats prefer to lounge and eat in private.  Even if I go near the sliding glass door that opens out to the porch, the cat or cats flee as fast as they can. Feral cats protect themselves from potential predators and that includes humans. They have never interacted with humans and therefore perceive them as a threat.

Yesterday, it was a mild day here in Delaware. As I was sitting on my porch, a cat strolled up the steps . He wasn’t threatened by me sitting there at all. In fact he came up to me and let me pet him. I then picked him up and to my surprise, he let me pet him. His fur was very soft and he looked exceptionally clean. He had a bite to eat, lied down for quite awhile and then decided that his visit was over. This was obviously an indoor/outdoor family pet who came for a visit.

We are pet lovers and welcome the different kinds of critters in our neighborhood ….everything except snakes and skunks I guess.

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