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  •  If they are "wild".... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....why would they need people rescuing them?

    I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

    by labradog on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:26:44 AM PST

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    •  They don't (7+ / 0-)

      They do fair a lot better with caretakers though. Without caretakers, they'll live around two years. With good caretakers they'll live around 10 years. Then again, some people don't want them around at all, and will try to kill them off or relocate them (An ineffective method of control actually), because let's face it, a large number of cats grouped together is a rather unpleasant thing for most.

      As for putting wild in quotes, what do you think feral means? Not even the ASPCA disputes that these are wild animals. If you feed them regularly, they'll tolerate your presence, but don't mistake that for affection. These things aren't the same as strays.

      First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

      by Hannibal on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:37:30 AM PST

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      •  I presume feral to mean a domesticated animal... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...that has abandonned human contact and adapted to a wild state (which differs from its domestic origins).
        I also presume this is why we talk about bears, for example, as being wild, and not feral.
        What is the life expectancy of a feral cat born to a feral mother, as opposed to cats in the wild?

        I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

        by labradog on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 10:14:42 AM PST

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