Living with "Domestic Stray Cats" that Trouble Owners

Living with "Domestic Stray Cats" that Trouble Owners

Have you ever heard of the term "domestic stray cats"?

For unfamiliar pet owners, it might sound strange to hear "domestic" and "stray cats" together.

This time, we will answer questions like "What kind of cats are domestic stray cats?" and "How can you live with them effectively?"

 

Table of Contents

1. What Are Domestic Stray Cats?
2. Problems with Domestic Stray Cats
∟ 2-1. Unable to Perform Regular Care
∟ 2-2. Can't Take Them to the Vet
3. Tips for Living with Domestic Stray Cats
∟ 3-1. Keep Them in a Cage Until They Get Used to the New Environment
∟ 3-2. Use Treats to Make Them More Comfortable with People
∟ 3-3. Play with Toys to Build a Better Relationship
4. Things to Keep in Mind and Considerations When Living with Domestic Stray Cats
∟ 4-1. It May Take Several Years for Them to Get Used to People - Be Prepared
∟ 4-2. There Might Be Cases Where You Have to Give Up on Them Getting Used to People
∟ 4-3. Rushing to Make Them Get Used to People Can Backfire
Summary

 

1. What Are Domestic Stray Cats?

Domestic stray cats are cats that, despite being domesticated, are highly wary of humans and don't easily become friendly.

Many domestic stray cats were originally stray cats and are often referred to as rescue cats.

During their time living outdoors, they may have had negative experiences with humans, leading to strong wariness and distrust.

Additionally, during the socialization period (usually between 2 to 8 weeks of age) when they should have adapted to humans, they might have developed a negative perception of humans.

When dealing with domestic stray cats, even their owners can't touch them, and they may run away or hiss when approached.

In such cases, it's essential to gradually get them used to humans while maintaining an appropriate distance.

 

2. Problems with Domestic Stray Cats

When living with domestic stray cats, there are two main challenges:

  • ・Inability to perform regular care such as nail trimming
  • ・Inability to take them to the veterinarian due to difficulty catching them

Let's explain these issues in more detail.


 

2-1. Unable to Perform Regular Care

First, if you can't trim their nails, there's a risk that humans might get injured when the cat scratches them.

Moreover, if their nails are left unchecked, it can lead to injuries for the cat itself.

Domestic stray cats often find it challenging not only to trim their nails but also to perform daily care such as teeth brushing and brushing their fur.

If teeth brushing is neglected, it can result in oral health issues, and for long-haired breeds, not brushing can lead to the formation of hairballs.

When hairballs become severe, they can cause skin problems, so it's crucial to pay attention to this aspect of daily care for their well-being.


 

2-2. Can't Take Them to the Vet

One common concern when living with domestic stray cats is the difficulty in catching them and taking them to the veterinarian.

Some illnesses require early detection and treatment, and not being able to seek medical attention can lead to worsening conditions.

Moreover, since many domestic stray cats are not spayed/neutered, it's important to address this issue to prevent overpopulation.

However, capturing them for spaying/neutering can be quite challenging.

In the next section, we will provide tips on how to live effectively with domestic stray cats despite these challenges.

 

3. Tips for Living with Domestic Stray Cats

Living with domestic stray cats requires patience and a gradual approach. Here are some tips to help you build a better relationship with them:

  • ・Keep Them in a Cage Until They Get Used to the New Environment
  • ・Use Treats to Make Them More Comfortable with People
  • ・Play with Toys to Build a Better Relationship

Let's delve into each of these tips in more detail.


 

3-1. Keep Them in a Cage Until They Get Used to the New Environment

When you first bring a domestic stray cat into your home, it's essential to provide a safe space for them to adjust to their new environment.

Using a large cage or enclosure can help create a secure area where they can observe their surroundings without feeling threatened.

Place the cage in a quiet area of your home and provide food, water, a litter box, and a comfortable bed inside.

Over time, the cat will become more familiar with their surroundings and feel less anxious.

 

3-2. Use Treats to Make Them More Comfortable with People

Treats can be a powerful tool in gaining a domestic stray cat's trust.

Start by sitting near the cat's enclosure and offering treats without making any sudden movements or attempts to touch them.

Gradually, the cat may approach you to take the treats.

Continue this process, slowly increasing the proximity between you and the cat as they become more comfortable.

 

3-3. Play with Toys to Build a Better Relationship

Engaging in interactive play with toys can help strengthen your bond with a domestic stray cat.

Use toys such as feather wands, laser pointers, or interactive puzzle toys to engage the cat's natural instincts and provide mental stimulation.

Playing together can create positive associations with your presence and make the cat more receptive to interactions.

 

4. Things to Keep in Mind and Considerations When Living with Domestic Stray Cats

Living with domestic stray cats can be a rewarding but challenging experience. Here are some important considerations:

  • ・It May Take Several Years for Them to Get Used to People - Be Prepared
  • ・There Might Be Cases Where You Have to Give Up on Them Getting Used to People
  • ・Rushing to Make Them Get Used to People Can Backfire

Let's explore these considerations further.


 

4-1. It May Take Several Years for Them to Get Used to People - Be Prepared

Building trust and a strong bond with a domestic stray cat can be a lengthy process that may take several years.

It's essential to be patient and understanding of the cat's unique needs and pace of progress.

Not all domestic stray cats may fully overcome their wariness of humans, but with time and effort, many can become more comfortable with their owners.

 

4-2. There Might Be Cases Where You Have to Give Up on Them Getting Used to People

Despite your best efforts, there may be cases where a domestic stray cat never fully adjusts to human interaction.

It's important to recognize when a cat's quality of life is compromised by constant stress or fear, and in such cases, it may be more humane to consider other options, such as finding a sanctuary or rescue organization that specializes in feral or semi-feral cats.

 

4-3. Rushing to Make Them Get Used to People Can Backfire

Pushing a domestic stray cat too quickly to become comfortable with human contact can have negative consequences.

It's crucial to respect the cat's boundaries and allow them to set the pace for interactions.

Forcing physical contact or overwhelming the cat with attention can cause them to become more fearful and defensive.

Always prioritize the cat's well-being and comfort in your approach.

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