Should I let a feral cat meet my 3 month old female kitten?

by Aditya Singh
(Varanasi, UP, India)

Should I let a feral cat meet my three month old female kitten? For nearly a month a feral (not stray) cat has been visiting my kitten daily.


Initially Jaime seemed angry with her, but this doesn't seem the case anymore.

I've heard stories that these cats can teach some bad behaviors, or teach her to escape, which I would never want.

I love her so much. So should I let Jaime meet her?

P.S. Jaime is a cross-breed. Her mum is Persian and dad is Siberian Forest cat. She has white colored fur.

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No, I would keep the kitten safe
by: Kurt (Admin)

No. Feral cats and house cats don't mix, and it's too risky.

I would not let my kitten meet any cat without a long, slow and controlled introduction process.

Cats can become aggressive on first meetings, and you'd never be able to step in quickly enough and help your kitten. Even if your kitten wasn't badly hurt, the danger of disease transmission is too great.

If this cat is carrying a virus or bacteria, and scratches or bites your kitten, your kitten could contract the disease, or at least, end up with an infected wound.

Feral cats are unpredictable, even more so than other cats. If this cat truly is feral, you never know what might spook this cat. I would not take the risk, and keep the kitten safe instead.

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