How to house train a feral cat

The chances of finding feral cats are very high despite the area where you live. All the cats that are abandoned by their owners or born in the wild fall into the category of feral cats. They have very little or no interaction with humans. No matter where they come from, feral cats are scared of human interaction. They will never sit on your lap. In fact, they are likely to bite you, if you try to go near them. House training a feral cat can be difficult but not impossible. With a little patience and consistency, you can house train a feral cat.

1: Interact with the cat

You need to be friendly with the feral cat before turning her into a domestic cat. No animal will love you if you continue to ignore them. Your love and affection will attract her towards you, and she will be less scared.

  • So, gradually transform her from an outdoor cat to an indoor cat, until it becomes completely normal for her.
  • Be prepared for any situation. The cat might not accept the process easily. You can see her yowling or even scratching at the door.
  • It is very important to give them attention and be friendly before starting the training.

2: Make a room ready for the feral cat

Prepare a room for the cat. Keep the feral cat in a closed and small place until she accepts her new home. Make sure that the cat’s room is inaccessible for other pets and far from the rooms of other family members.’

  • Bring some essential things for her. Place a food bowl and litter box. Put some organic soil in a box to use as a litter box. Feral cats are used to go on the soil when they live outside. She will take some time to learn to use the regular cat litter. Also, put some toys to keep your cat entertained.
  • You can also put your old clothes in the cat’s room. It will make her familiar with your smell and she will become closer to you.
  • Consider all the safety measures. Make sure to close all the doors and windows so, the feral cat cannot run away.
  • Remove any object that can be harmful to your cat.
  • Make sure that there is not too much light in the room at night. Feral cats feel safer in the dark at night.
  • It is also important to provide her some hiding spots. She will feel safer while hiding in those places. Moreover, having small hiding spaces will make your cat more comfortable in her new room.

3: Give her some space

Once you bring the feral cat home, give her some space. She might be frightened of you. She will constantly try to find a place to hide if she cannot escape from the room.

Make sure not to give her too much space. just give her some time and start interacting with her slowly. Giving her too much time alone will not make her comfortable with the presence of  a human.

4: Buy a pet carrier for your new cat

Using a pet carrier instead of a trap to carry your cat will be much more convenient for both you and your cat. You can take her to the vet for vaccination or shift her from one place to the other with the help of a pet carrier.

  • Keep the door open.
  • Put some treats inside the pet carrier.
  • Put her blanket inside to make it cozy and comfortable.
  • She will enter the carrier to get the treat. Close the door and carry her wherever you want to.


5: Feed your cat inside.

Offering her delicious food can be the fastest way to win her trust.  It will increase her affection towards you, and she will start having confidence in you.

  • Avoid letting her go outside right after eating. It will help her to understand that she has to stay inside even when she is not eating.
  • Feed her regularly. Make a feeding plan for her so that she will know that you bring her tasty food daily.
  • Never skip a meal. Slowly start to sit down in the same room while she is eating. It will build a strong relationship between you and your feral cat.
  • During this time, try not to interfere with her. It will help her realize that she is safe with you.
  • Start offering her treats once you see her being comfortable in your presence.

6: Don’t force her to come close to you

Don’t force the cat to do anything. She will learn with time. Just make her feel safe and comfortable with you.

  • Treats can help you to make them come closer to you. Put a treat on your hand and bring your hand close to her. She will come and lick the treat for sure.
  • At the initial stage, don’t do eye contact with your cat. Eye contact is a big threat for feral cats. Just look away even if you find your feral cat staring at you. If eye contact happens, start to blink your eyes and slowly look away.
  • Start the physical contact slowly. Keep your hands near them while still avoiding eye contact. She will come to you and start playing with you once she feels that there is no danger.

7: Be patient

House training a feral cat needs a lot of patience. Some cats can learn everything so quickly and will turn into domestic cats in no time. While some cats can give you a really hard time. You need to be prepared to cope with any circumstances. After following all the techniques, if you are still not sure about keeping the feral cat at your home. You can drop them at the wildlife welfare. You can also take expert’s help to train your cat.

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