I know rescue animals make very grateful pets. I think it's because they've already been through hard life and possible bad experiences. They know how to appreciate the good care and love you give them. All my kitties are rescues and I love them very much. I know they love me too. lol Even they're not very cuddly, they all have different ways of showing affection.
Yeah ferals are great! I know people think they're nuisances and bad for the environment and all but personally I don't think cats should be outdoor pets not permanently. I have seen so many cats die because of cars and things. Also kdogg331 if they were both toms that is why the one pushed the other out of his territory. Cats are amazing animals and I learned a ton from the feral colony we took care of. They were matriarchal and had a whole pecking order like chickens. I would love to write a book on it someday. I used to take all kinds of notes and everything. Our back yard was kind of an animal haven in town we had groundhogs that would graze while we were outside, wild bunnies that would raise babies in the yard, squirrels, and tons of robins and cardinals and the cats. We purposefully had holes in the fence for the animals to go out if they wanted. In fact when we redid some of the fence panels we put the holes in the same places. Lol my uncle who was doing it thought we were nuts asking him to cut our brand new fence panels. They all used to coexist perfectly. Never once did the cats kill or attack the other animals from the back yard. Although every one in a while they'd leave us a mouse or gopher out front. We fed them and the kittens used to pounce after and chase the birds and other animals especially the birds' shadows. But they never caught them or hurt them. And they used to lay on the deck mere feet from each other. Any cat showing high aggression was put outside the fence and only allowed back if they behaved. Believe it or not it worked.
We even used to get the big tom cats showing up on our front door even before the colony moved to the backyard after territory wars when they were all torn up. Some even down to the bone. Well we didn't have money to always take them to the vet but my mom is a nurse and we had all the basic first aid supplies and we used to patch them up and feed them and then off they'd go. This worked very well especially because the wounds weren't always fresh and veg wouldn't have even sewed them up by that point because of the risk of infection and how deep the wounds were. We had one black tom cat we called Daddy that was as sweet as could be. In fact our black boy we have now is his son. He's built like a brick just like Daddy was. And has the same sweet temperament. Daddy was smaller than the other toms but built very thickly, you could see the muscles just ripple under his skin. Well he used to show up just demolished but victorious. One time he showed up and both of his shoulders were ripped out huge chunks of flesh to the bone on one side and he sat and rubbed his head on me while we cleaned and applied ointment to his wounds never hissed bit or even flinched. Once Daddy showed up with the flesh behind his ears but especially his left ripped out down to bone. And he stood stock still while we poured peroxide in the wounds and bandaged him up. He always wanted to come in the house and let me tell you as muscular as he was he was hard to move away from the door. I still wish we could have let him but we had four indoor cats already (this was before Phantom was born and raised by us) and we had no way to quarantine them. I think he would have made an amazing housecat.
It takes a lot of time and patience to gain their trust but once you gain it that's so.ething for life and they'll do anything for you. We even had ferals get between me and a huge very aggressive possum once. Three of the cats started growling and hissing and I thought it was at me but then I looked and directly to my left not two feet away the largest possum I've ever seen came around the corner of the garage looking for cat food. I jumped up and two of my ferals got between me and the monster. I ran to get and shot it with my airsoft gun as it showed no fear of me whatsoever. Don't worry it didn't kill it but even when I was stomping and yelling it wouldn't leave. That possum got worse it would come to the back sliding doors and try to get in and his and growl at us through the windows. It got to the point we moved the ferals back out front and then it disappeared.
Don't get me wrong just because our ferals trusted us doesn't mean they were okay with humans in general. But if we were out there and encouraged them they would then trust those people with us.
In the USA most cats who go into shelters that aren't tame are euthanized but if people have them time they could learn to trust. Can you blame them feral colonies start because people abandon anfixed cats and kittens who then have to find a way to try and live and breed and breed. They can't help that it's nature. TNR is a great way to manage colonies and a lot of shelter adopt ferals out as barn cats but still many many more are killed. People think they're not worth it or they're a lost cause. I know I've proven it time and time again and in more than just that one place. With many cats of different ages and backgrounds and of both sexes. The ferals we had learned that we fed them before they learned to trust us. And then we helped them take that next step. They're not stupid they know who helps them and where to go.
Sorry for the rant
Sorry I never answered. but don't be sorry! I definitely agree and ferals definitely seem awesome.
And rescues definitely know haha