- May 15, 2012
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- Gainesville, Florida
The tame cats do live indoors and spend some time outside. Feral cats are outside all day long. That is a significant difference.I don't think ferals necessarily belong outside--as I said, I have several indoor ferals. Truly feral. And if they can adjust to living indoors, probably most ferals could. But it's not really an option for most people. A lot of people want friendly cats, others may be willing but don't have the room/resources to keep ferals indoors.
But mostly it's about attitudes. If you put it in peoples' heads that "cats don't belong outdoors", they aren't going to differentiate between tame cats and ferals. And it usually doesn't end up well for the ferals when people want to "save" them from an outdoor existence.
Besides, what's the difference between a feral that won't live indoors and a tame cat that won't live indoors?
Whether you can force a feral cat to always stay indoors or not depends on the cat, of course. If they really can't, I would make the yard safer, have a Purrfect Fence or something like that installed, and buy an enclosure.