Many people make the mistake of adopting a street or feral, cat. But is it really a good idea?
I bet you’ve seen at least two feral cats in your street. Maybe you even feed them. But they are not meant to be pets. Most of the street cats you’ve seen are not friendly. They usually run away if you try to pick it up, or pet it. But there is a difference between a street/feral cat, and a stray cat. A feral cat is a cat that has had very little or no contact with humans. Unless they are socialized by fourteen weeks of age, the cat is officially feral. A stray cat is a cat that was abandoned or lost by their owner. Basically if the cat has had enough human contact to be used to them, they’re stray. Stray cats can usually be put in animal shelters, but don’t expect them not to be a bit timid. After all, they’ve probably had a hard life.
In my articles; “World of Cats”, (http://thefelineuniverse.com/world-of-cats/) and “Saving the Felines!” (http://thefelineuniverse.com/saving-the-felines/) I mention TNR. I’m eventually gonna dig deeper on that topic later on. But TNR is an amazing way to make sure that the feral cats living in your area are healthy and happy. If you didn’t know what TNR was, then here’s the answer: TNR is a process where you trap a feral cat, bring it to the vet and have it neutered or spayed so it can’t have kittens, and then returned to where it was found. After TNR it’s safe to feed them without being scared of producing more kittens.
The more feral cats that don’t go through the TNR process, the more cats that are born and end up being feral. Even if a feral cat ends up being neutered or spayed, there are still many hardships or living in the wild. But feral cats will not be happy living in an animal shelter. What they consider freedom is not what pet cats consider freedom. Feral cats are also usually either aggressive, timid, or, both.
“The Feeling Universe?” Jellybean echoed. “What’s that?” The tom scowled. “The Feline Universe. A place where all felines go.” “Like heaven for cats?” Snow chimed in. “NO! Of course not. Just a place felines like to hang out a lot.” Snow nodded thoughtfully. “And whyare you bringing us there?” Jellybean asked. “We have to bring you to our “Feline Queen.” The tom answered. OK, I’m not going to ask. Nope, not a single question. Snow thought. But Jellybean beat her to it. “The Feline Queen? What is that? And who is the Feline Queen?”
“You’ll speak of our queen respectfully!” The tom suddenly snarled. “Okay, okay. Sorry!” Jellybean apologized nervously. Not only were Jellybean and Snow outnumbered, they had no experience of fighting. So they didn’t want to provoke the fierce tom. “Come on.” One of the other cats, a calico, said. As Jellybean started to follow the tom, the calico whispered in her ear. “Sorry about Grey. He can be a bit harsh at first. But he’s not all bad!” Then she bounded off towards Grey.
Snow and Jellybean were led into a small clearing. There, something magically beautiful sat. It was a bright star with a rainbow tint to it. The star hummed with power. “Woah.” Snow whispered, awestruck. Grey smirked. “That’s the portal to The Feline Universe.” Although Snow wasn’t sure how exactly the star was going to bring them to this “Feline Universe”, but she kept on walking. Then, Grey walked straight into the star. Jellybean yelped. But instead of burning into a fiery crisp, he simply disappeared. “Go on.” The calico nudged her gently. Jellybean stepped into the star, and everything went black.
“J-Jellybean? JELLYBEAN! Come on, wake up!” Jellybean woke with a start. “Ugh. I don’t feel so good…” She groaned. Snow nudged her gently. “Come on. The others are waiting for us.” Jellybean groggily got to her feet and followed Snow. “About time.” Grey growled. “Come.”
Jellybean gasped. A whole galaxy stood before her. Different planets representing different felines floated. In the middle, just like the sun, sat a glowing purple planet. Grey led Snow and Jellybean toward it. With a start, Jellybean realized that they were walking on a glass path, with no sides. “Is this safe?” She asked Grey. “If you’re truly a cat, yes.” He replied. Jellybean shivered at the thought of what waited ahead. She wondered if escaping from The Claw had been a good idea. Only one way to find out, Jellybean thought. She trudged along the path, towards her unknown faith.