will feral kittens stay together in the wild or do they go there own ways

by Ginea Lenaza
(cleveland ohio)

feral kittens with they stay together in the wild or do
they go there own way


First, you didn’t say how old the kittens were, and secondly…are they male or female? So I’ll try and give a general response to touch upon the topic. Typically in the wild, male and female cats usually don’t spend much time together unless they are mating. The enduring relationship seems to be between a mother cat and both her male and female kittens. Female feral cats will band together to raise their kittens and form colonies that add to their safety. Male feral cats will sometimes join together to defend a common territory.

Feral kittens that are from the same litter may remain together for a time but they face disease, cars, predators and starvation that may separate them. One goes to seek food and never returns. Plus, the female kitten can be impregnated as young as 4 months old and have several litters a year. Please read my pages on Cat Colonies and Feral Cats for some more information.

If you have discovered feral kittens there are alternatives to leaving them in the wild. An excellent resource is Alley Cat Allies and a couple more listed on the Feral Cats page. If they are under 8 weeks there may be hope to socialize them so they can be adopted. And, there are always exceptions like my Chanel #5 who was 6 months old and has become domesticated although it took many months of diligent and dedicated effort.

If you want to supply more information, then I can try to address your specific issues.

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May 21, 2017
Re: What happened to moma NEW
by: Tdawg

Sometimes feral mothers will abandon their young if humans are seen interacting with them... I'm not sure why, it's just what I read... Maybe they know they'll be taken care of, or maybe they feel betrayed and replaced... Who knows! Doesn't mean she's dead just because she's missing (@anonymous! :| )

Oct 16, 2016
Cat gone
by: Anonymous

I'm sure she dead

Sep 14, 2016
What happened to Moma
by: Jill Wise

I've had a sweet feral female come to my porch all last winter. Very feral but got yo where she would be looking in the window when I woke up- waiting for food. She had 4 babies in the spring & I suspected but wasnt sure until they came out from under the porch to plsy/nurse at ~4 weeks. I msde arrangements to spay/neuter/ear tip but could never catch moma. Caught all kittens several times, raccoons but not moma. She suddenly dusappeared during her heat cycle & I've been very sad/worried that a fix/coyotte got her :(. Babies are tame & finally weigh enough to have fixed.
Is it typical for moma to leave abruptly during heat? I had planned to spay her & feed her forever :(. Kittens can be adopted out since they tamed up sfter mom left.

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