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Can feral cats be socialized?

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Many experts agree that feral adult cats simply can’t be tamed. They are wild animals, like raccoons. But feral kittens -- especially those less than 8 weeks old -- often can be socialized. Abandoned and lost cats can also be reintroduced to home living.

From: Helping Stray and Feral Cats WebMD Medical Reference

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Linda P. Case, MS, adjunct assistant professor, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine; author, Canine and Feline Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide to Understanding Our Two Best Friends.

Margaret R. Slater, DVM, PhD, senior director of epidemiology, animal health services, ASPCA, Urbana, Ill; author, Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives & Recommendations.

Humane Society of the United States: “Feral Cats: Frequently Asked Questions” and “Testimonials Describing the Advantages of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for Feral Cats.”

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab Utah: “Caring for Feral Cats.”

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, Seattle: “Feeding Stray Cats? You’re Not Alone.”

ASPCA: “Feral Cats FAQ.”

American Association of Feline Practitioners: “Trap Neuter Return of Feral Cats.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Linda P. Case, MS, adjunct assistant professor, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine; author, Canine and Feline Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide to Understanding Our Two Best Friends.

Margaret R. Slater, DVM, PhD, senior director of epidemiology, animal health services, ASPCA, Urbana, Ill; author, Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives & Recommendations.

Humane Society of the United States: “Feral Cats: Frequently Asked Questions” and “Testimonials Describing the Advantages of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for Feral Cats.”

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab Utah: “Caring for Feral Cats.”

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, Seattle: “Feeding Stray Cats? You’re Not Alone.”

ASPCA: “Feral Cats FAQ.”

American Association of Feline Practitioners: “Trap Neuter Return of Feral Cats.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 2, 2019

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