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Feral cats

Felis catus


A feral cat is a descendant of a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats are born in the wild; the offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild.


We saw this small colony of feral cats in Hatta heritage village, Dubai.

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KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you fede!

KarenL 12 years ago

Thanks Leuba!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 12 years ago

KarenL, thanks for the info. I like pics1 & 4, with the tongue out . It is sad what people do or not do with domestic pets.

KarenL 12 years ago

Absolutely right Ava! The other crucial thing is for pet owners to neuter their pets - we have so many pregnant strays brought into the shelter where I volunteer simply because their previous owners didn't do this. I sure there are countless kittens born to former house cats that end up adding to the feral problem.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 12 years ago

Wherever you live, being part of a trap, neuter, release program for feral cats is the best thing you can do for local wildlife. It brings the number of feral cats down dramatically in just a few years: and as feral cats are hunters, this is good for birds, lizards and rodents.

KarenL 12 years ago

Thanks Angela!

AngelaCorrea 12 years ago

Nice pic!

KarenL 12 years ago

Thanks CherreyMae!
Leuba, Ashish, these were definitely feral. Hatta village is a heritage site but no-one actually lives there. Feral cats hang around the site in the hope of food from the tourists but will run if approached. Some of the older cats there didn't look in particularly great shape but these kittens were very cute.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

After Cows, Horses and Dogs... Cats are impacted with Human lifestyle. They are dependent on Human colonies.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 12 years ago

KarenL - are these feral or " free-ranging" ?? like the dogs and cats in asian countries. They don't belong to anyone but hang around the towns and villages. They don't feel threatened by people necessarily.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Cherrey if these Cats are urban must categorized as Pets.

iamcherreymaiya 12 years ago

That's an interesting info!

KarenL 12 years ago

They definitely rule our home!

UmapornSarasat 12 years ago

Cat is always my lord. lol

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دبي, دبي‎, United Arab Emirates

Spotted on Oct 28, 2006
Submitted on Dec 2, 2011

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