Following our small research about how different domestic cats can be compared to other animals, we will discuss wild cats and their smaller relatives – domestic cats. In fact, wild cats and domestic cats are so similar that it is quite complicated to separate them. Whereas domestic cats live with families and regulate their existence as per a human environment; feral and wild cats live in wild settings, without any human influence on them. But this is where the difference begins and the similarities end between feral and wild cats. First of all, let’s find a definition of wild, stray and feral cats. It happens very often that people mix those words up.
Wildcats – fluffy representatives of cats family which live in a wild surrounding based on the species variety. Usually, wild cats are not friendly, they do not like contact with the humans, not because they are aggressive but scared.
Feral cats are those which live in the wild following their domestication. Cats have been domesticated many years ago, but many of them live on their own in a quest for freedom from owners.
Stray cats are that cats who have to live in a wild surrounding because of being abandoned in the past. In normal words, it means that they were someone’s pets but then because of some reasons they had to live on their own.
As animalwised.com says “While wild cats form part of the natural biological life cycle, feral cats were born of other feral or stray cats too. Moreover, feral cats live a rough life and survive for around two years, as they usually live in an urban environment. But, if they are cared for, they can live for a longer period of time. Feral cats also fight to protect their territory and are fiercely territorial. Outdoor cats include wild and feral cats both.”
Many people especially cats-owners like the story about the housecat is a part of the species that originated millions of years ago from a type of saber-tooth cat called Nimravids. In fact, the origins are much more humble than that, and even though most cats are genetic “cousins” to each other, this doesn’t mean that the variance that occurred had to come from one direct species of cat.
Genetically wise, wild and housecats are different. As research says, cats and tigers, for example, has an element which helps them to digest fatty meals of the animal protein. Also, kitties also have better hearing than most carnivores, and their vision is extraordinary in low light, which makes sense since they tend to be more active at dawn and dusk.
Our beautiful felines are so different and so unique from any other animal 🙂