Feral cats appear in many communities. If you have seen some, are you not able to resist the urge to feed them, because they may not have had a decent meal for a long time? You are not alone!
Feral cats overrun many neighborhoods. Not only is an uncontrolled population a nuisance, but also a hazard to humans and domestic pets.
Please know the difference between stray and feral. Stray cats lived with humans at one point. They either strayed too far away from home (hence the name) or evicted from the house by their owners. Stray cats, if not too scared, may come up to you and allow you to pet it. They may seek help from humans to save them from hunger and homelessness. Those cats may have another chance of becoming pets due to prior contact with humans.
Feral cats, on the other hand, are completely wild. These cats are as wild as raccoons and squirrels. Feral cats never lived with humans or had any contact with them. They view humans as enemies, therefore, do not attempt to bring one in your home. They have never lived in a house and will become very stressed, and possibly dangerous. Kittens or young adults may have a chance at becoming house cats.
If a feral cat starts to trust you, it may come closer to you. If it does, do not try to pet it. They can quickly scratch you! Consequently, the scratch can get infected quick which can lead to serious health hazards. You can be more trustworthy to the cats by keeping your distance and never reaching your hand out to them.