The owners of York cats claim that they are the most placid, well-trained and mannered of all breeds. They are gentle, sweet and loving, according to some animal lovers. On the other hand, some experts maintain that street cats may be the most aggressive of all breeds. When a feral (that is, abandoned or reclaimed by the owner) reaches the age of ten, he may be eligible for adoption if his future owners do not already have a cat. Anyone adopting a street cat needs to prepare to undertake some difficult tasks. He has to be ready to undertake responsibility for a lost cat, which will probably mean giving up many pet items such as toys and food and even his collar and tag.
If you're adopting a street cat, you'll probably have to undertake some pretty strenuous responsibilities right from the beginning. The first thing you have to do is look for a willing and good-natured cat. Some cats don't like to be separated from their family, especially if those family members are familiar faces. For example, a feline with a friend might have a problem when you tell her that her pal is out on the streets. In such a case, you'll have to train your cat to get over this fear, or buy or borrow a cat with a friend who can be sent along with the cat to keep her company.
You have to be ready to take care of your street cats, because they're going to behave differently if you aren't around. They can become hostile or defensive, because they aren't accustomed to people. If you leave the house without locking the door, they might roam around your yard or get into mischief. If you have any small children in the house, you have to supervise them constantly. While some street cats can be taught to use a litter box, they shouldn't be allowed to go outside unsupervised.
Even if you live in a large apartment or have a large house, you have to consider where your street cats will fit in. It's essential that they feel part of the family, so that they will protect your belongings and come when called. Your animal friend needs to know that you will return after leaving, and that she has to be reassured that she isn't on her own. Sometimes it's difficult to do this, but you have to stick to your guns.
The cat will need to be socialized as much as possible, even before you introduce her to people. She won't feel very confident or welcome unless she is introduced to other cats. At first, simply allow her to be near other animals and look at how they react to her. When she knows she can be trusted, then she can start coming around to you. This should happen within two weeks.
You should begin to notice that the cats you bring home from the shelter don't appear all that friendly. They don't leap at you or jump so high that they scare you away. But the cats will look at you for cues, such as any physical contact. Sometimes, if the shelter workers are nearby, the cats will play together, and it can be a lot of fun for everyone.
When you introduce your cat to other cats, you'll have to be careful not to overwhelm her. She'll get used to people in her new environment quickly, but she still needs to be conditioned for being alone. That's why it's important to leave her in the same room with her littermates for about a week before you bring them home. You'll want to introduce them to each other gradually so that they can get to know each other on their own. And make sure your cat knows who the visitors are before you take them in.
There are many advantages to adopting street cats. They're already house trained, and they have their own little territory that they understand. In many cases they'll even act as if their owners and go about acting like one. If you want a cat that is calm, protective, and loving, then getting a Yorkie could be just right for you.