Feral vs. Frightened Pet
It's a vexing problem—some cats arrive at shelters displaying all the signs of being feral, but how can you be certain? You may have a cat who's simply scared out of his wits. During this webinar, Dr. Margaret Slater reports on the ASPCA "Is That Cat Feral?" research project in the quest to answer the difficult question, "Is that cat feral?"
Some preliminary tips from the research:
- Research confirms that 8 weeks is the general cut-off date for socializing feral kittens, although there are many exceptions.
- Spot cleaning cages of frightened cats rather than removing them from cages for cleaning, providing them with a place to hide, and directing staff to move quietly around them can increase the chances that a merely frightened cat will settle down in three days and show his or her true colors.
- The ASPCA Meet Your Match Feline-ality program recommends a 36-hour chill period to allow all cats to settle in before any assessment is done. Read more on Feline-ality.
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