Taming a feral cat takes a lot of skills and patience since they are not familiar with the human world, in other words, the feral colony belongs to wildlife. Living in the wild has its drawback, though. The population of felines will be not under-controlled since feral cats are not neutered. Luckily, there are a lot of animals communities who are willing to take care of those poor kitties by trapping and spaying them, and finally, get them back to normal living.
But that doesn’t mean they are not as loving as domestic ones. A shy feral cat named McCavity (Weasel) in South Africa was welcomed to the Mercers family when she was a kitten. The couple fell in love with her and they wanted to bring the best things for the cat. They had some concerns about this type of cat, still.
“We worried she might not adapt to being a ‘city cat’ and that she might not want to live surrounded by humans in such close quarters.” – David Mercer said.
They adopted Weasel and brought her home to the suburban Cape Town apartment to give her a chance to explore the city atmosphere. It seemed pretty difficult at first.
“She had, after all, never laid eyes on a highway, or seen a sky-scraper, or even another cat (not counting karakal and leopard).” – The owner said.
“At first, she hid away. Venturing out only when necessary. My wife started taking pics of her on the odd occasion she relaxed out in the open for a bit.” – He continued.
After months of living with her beloved humans, Weasel became more open. David found out his little feral daughter is a queen of commanding: “She will cry until I make space for her between my legs on the bed.”
Weasel is now a really cuddly purr ball, she takes naps in every corner of the house, in her owner’s lap and she doesn’t mind hugging the patch of cloth as her own. She is in love with the kind-hearted family and her new vision compared to the wild. David stated that she is still keeping her natural feral instinct even though she is officially a home cat.
“She also stayed quite wild. Preferring to explore the wide-open expanses of the Karoo Wildlife Center where she lived – instead of becoming a house cat.”