Feral or just frightened
The term “feral” is commonly misused and is often used to label any cat that lives outdoors and is apparently unsocialised to humans, displaying instinctive fearful and defensive behaviour (hissing, growling, spitting) and avoiding human contact.
Some of these cats will have been born in the wild, the descendents of unneutered domesticated cats that have strayed or been abandoned. But many are also simply unneutered stray, homeless, unwanted or abandoned and have reverted to an instinctive “feral” behaviour just to survive.
Very often these aren't ferals, they’re just frightened animals.
Cats that have always had to live by their wits and haven’t been socialised are generally feral. They can’t be rehomed but neither should they be allowed to suffer.
Ferals are generally not spayed or neutered and can quickly become a problem. If there is sufficient food & shelter available we can help with ferals by Trapping, Neutering & Returning (TNR) them to where they were found. If conditions aren’t suitable for the feral to be returned we will arrange to transfer it to one of our volunteer small holdings/farms who have agreed to provide food & shelter.
Whether they are feral or timid we work with all cats to find them the right home for them.