At our last "Cats & Coffee" virtual meeting, we spoke about community cats and resources available to help care for them. Community cats are defined as outdoor, unowned, and free roaming cats. The cats could be adult, kittens, feral, friendly, healthy, sick, altered and/or unaltered. These cats are the only cats that do not have owners, so it is important to know how to distinguish a community cat versus an indoor/outdoor cat.
We also talked about the difference between stray and feral cats. Feral cats will not approach and will likely seek hiding places to avoid people. These cats will not meow, beg, or purr.
Stray cats on the other hand, may approach people, houses, porches, or cars. They may also be vocal, meow, or “answer” your voice.
To learn more about cat colonies, community cats, and to help you distinguish the difference between feral and stray cats, information and resources are provided to the public through many animal rescued groups: