The big question: can cats survive on the street? Cats are gaining ground in our homes. In many countries, the population of feline pets already exceeds that of the popular dog. And in countries where the “Man’s best friend” This is still the predominant pet, its lead over cats is declining every year.
On the other hand, cat colonies cause a lot of controversy in society. Cats living in urban areas, in our cities, accompanying us for centuries. Fortunately, they are receiving more and more protection after suffering the indifference of the administration, social persecution and persecution by the authorities of those who care for them, or even their indiscriminate extermination.
One undeniable thing is that the history of domestic cats is closely linked to the history of mankind. He needs us for survival, whether it’s cats living on the streets of our cities or living in a comfortable home. Each in his own way.
Can a cat survive if abandoned on the street?
It may seem like a cat that has been lucky enough to live in the care of a family will cope on the street just like its stray congeners – aren’t they all cats after all? But without wanting to anthropomorphize by example, would you be able to survive if you suddenly appeared in the Amazon, in the Sahara Desert, or at the North Pole? After all, you are often human populations in these places, isn’t it?
Eating, drinking, finding shelter, facing many unknown risks, feeling powerless… This is exactly the same thing that happens to cats that are left alone on the street, which leads them to face an environment hostile and, consequently, to physical and emotional suffering which, in many cases, ends in the cruel death of the animal.
- The search for food and water
Happy pet cats have their food bowls and fresh, clean water at their disposal. And, in many cases, they are equally compensated by jute, wet food and snack boxes.
When they have responsible masters who give them food adapted to their needs and in good quantities, their nutrition is not only optimal, it is extraordinary. Their health is greatly improved.
An abandoned cat on the street and who, until now, had lived in safety when hungry or thirsty, all he had to do was go to his bowls to get full, what will he do now?
Find a source of food and water is for the “mission impossible”. So far, he has only caught at most one fly that has entered the house that he misses so much.
So he will probably have to make a living by searching in containers (with possible confrontations with a neighbor) or trying to get some food from a colony of cats, which will lead to fights with other cats (this to which a domestic cat is not accustomed either).
At best, when the abandoned cat manages to feed on its own, its food will be of poorer quality. In addition, it can ingest prey or damaged or even poisoned food.
Voitures, passants, bruits, animaux … When you talk in a house, you do not face a series of situations and everyday actors that exist in the street. The unsuspecting feline has a high chance of being crushed, knocked over as a person approaches, attacked by a dog, or fighting with other cats.
Finding a safe place to rest or shelter from the weather (extreme cold, rain or snow, heat wave…) is a matter of life or death when living on the street.
Until now, it was enough for the “ex-cat” to snuggle in his bed next to the radiator when it was cold or lie on the cool floor when it was hot. And there was always a roof to shelter it from the rain.
Finding something that looks like an open in an unfamiliar environment can take a long time and, again, possible confrontations with neighbors or other cats.
A domestic cat has, most often, had close contact with its human family. When a domestic chat is found in the street, it can approach a person who is likely to ask for help.