Let’s start off my “Taming Feral Kittens” video series by defining the term “feral”. Spice here, in this video, is truly feral. But a feral cat is not simply a cat who you find living outdoors on its own. A feral cat is also not just a cat that is afraid and hisses at you. All cats can (and do) experience fear, and are capable of hissing. For example, there are many terrified cats sitting in animal shelters right now who might hiss out of fear. But seeing a cat hiss at you is not a good enough evaluation to label a cat “feral”.
There is a difference between a feral cat and a stray cat. A stray cat is a domesticated cat that was once owned by humans, but no longer lives indoors with one. These can be abandoned cats, or cats who have run away from home. Some stray cats that you meet outdoors will let you pet them, since they have had positive experiences in the past with humans. But truly feral cats, have never been socialized with humans. Feral cats are born outdoors, and have not had enough positive experiences with humans to become trusting of them. They are cats who have never had a human companion. Spice here is shaking because she does not yet trust humans. That will change soon. Stay tuned for more videos. 😺✌🏻