Why Do Cats Bite The Owners- VyWhy

Last updated on 2021-12-24 04:23:58

2022-09-26

It's no secret that cats are some of the most aloof creatures around. However, if they are in a particularly affectionate or playful mood, they won't hesitate

It’s no secret that cats are some of the most aloof creatures around. However, if they are in a particularly affectionate or playful mood, they won’t hesitate to approach and initiate interaction with their owners. Every cat owner knows that felines can be quite clingy and expressive if the mood is right, but why do cats rub against you then bite?

As a general rule, cats rub themselves against their owners and then bite when they are happy or overstimulated. In some instances, it’s a bad habit they acquired when they were just kittens. Cats can sometimes bite while rubbing due to aggression caused by either frustration or pain.

There are many traits that make cats some of the best pets on the planet, from curious to friendly.

One trait of theirs that can leave their owners both captivated and guarded is unpredictability, evidenced mostly by cats biting their owners out of the blue. If you would like to know why your cat likes to bite while it’s rubbing itself against you or doing any other cute thing, such as purring or kneading, read on.

But before anything else, let’s answer this question…

Why do cats rub against you?

Cats rub against their owners to transfer their scent onto them. This act makes cat owners the possession of the cats they own. Cats rub against their owners to make them feel safe and protected, too. If their owners have picked up scents outside, cats erase those by rubbing themselves against them.

Refrain from assuming that your cat is rubbing itself against you because it wants to clean itself.

Cats clean themselves by licking themselves. And when your cat licks you, it wants to either clean you or say to you that it loves you. It’s for the same reason why a mommy cat licks its kittens. Unfortunately, just like when rubbing itself against you, a cat may also suddenly bite while it’s grooming you.

Now that we have established the reason why cats rub against their owners, it’s time to answer why then they bite.

Affection

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People show their affection for one another in different ways — kissing, holding hands, hugging, etc. Cats may not be able to lock lips or wrap their arms around their owners alright, but they have their own ways of expressing their affection. Biting is one of them, which is what humans fondly refer to as a “love bite”.

It may sound like it’s painful and bloody. However, a love bite is a gentle bite that usually does not break the skin.

That’s because cats deliver a love bite when they are happy and relaxed. It’s nothing like a bite felines make while they are hissing, spitting and growling or with dilated pupils, arched backs and bushy tails.

If you are a new cat owner and you have never experienced a feline love bite before, the first time may leave you surprised and terrified, too. This is especially true if you have yet to completely get to know your furry pet’s personality and its full range of emotions. But worry not because a love bite, like the name suggests, is a sign that it loves you.

When a cat gives you a love bite, remember the following things:

  • Do not pull your hand away. Because a love bite rarely leads to an open wound, refrain from yanking your finger or hand out of your cat’s mouth. This may cause your skin to end up scratched, and your cat’s teeth to wind up loose or knocked out. Be still and allow the cat to quit giving you a love bite.
  • Do not reprimand your cat. A love bite comes from a good place, and it will break your cat’s heart if you will respond by yelling or hitting or spraying it with water. If you don’t want to receive any more love bites from it, what you can do is walk away from your cat for it to realize that you don’t like it.

Getting a nibble from a cat could mean a few other things, too, which is why we should answer this…

Why do cats bite gently?

First and foremost, cats bite gently to show their affection. It’s more common in cats that have had a litter as gently biting their little ones is a way to make them feel comfortable. Sometimes, cats bite gently to invite their owners to play. It’s also a way of telling they have had enough play.

To minimize being gently bitten by your cat, offer it toys — we will talk more about cat toys below.

Acquired Habit

Like kids, kittens love to play a lot. They play by chasing, stalking, pouncing, clawing, scratching and biting one another. To humans, it may seem extremely violent and dangerous. But to little cats, it’s absolute fun.

Playtime among kittens is like hitting two birds with one stone — it gives them the opportunity to have some fun and excitement while teaching them hunting skills that will come in very handy when they’re older. One very important skill that they need to develop is biting. Alas, when they’re older and playing with people, they may still bite, too.

Needless to say, one reason why your cat suddenly bites you during playtime is that it’s an acquired habit that it finds difficult to let go of. It’s kind of fine when your cat is just a tiny kitten. It’s a different story if it’s already old and big and its fangs are massive and sharp. Biting during play can sometimes break your skin.

Luckily, there’s no need to stop playing with your cat just to keep your hands free of wounds and scabs.

All you have to do is get your hands on some cat toys, many of which your feline will find more delightful to bite than your different body parts. When shopping for toys for your pet, opt for those that mimic some of the qualities of prey animals, such as those with fur, feathers and noisemakers.

What’s really nice about most cat toys is that your cat can play with them without your involvement. So, in other words, you can have some peace and quiet while your whiskered chum is having a blast.

Kneading is another habit from kittenhood that cats do, which brings us to this question…

Why do cats knead?

Cats knead to make themselves feel relaxed and comfortable, such as before taking a nap. It’s a leftover behavior while they were mere kittens, which they carried out while breastfeeding from their mother cats to stimulate milk flow. Adult cats knead their owners to display their love and affection.

Your cat kneading you can make you go “awww!” However, at times, it can also make you go “ouch!”

Cats rarely extend their claws when kneading. Unfortunately, some felines knead with their claws extended, which can leave whoever they are kneading in a great deal of pain — the happier cats are, the harder they knead. This is when the importance of keeping your four-legged pet’s claws trimmed, which is good for your skin and furniture, too.

Overstimulation

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Too much of a good thing is bad, and this applies to cats when in a playful mood. If their owners make the mistake of making them feel too excited, it could cause the cats to scratch and bite.

It’s because of this exactly why you should do your best to know when your feline pet is already overstimulated. Usually, it will exhibit the following when it’s time for you to stop tickling it: twitching fur, flickering or flattening ears, swinging tail, enlarging pupils, increasing vocalization.

Keep your peepers peeled when playing with your cat for several minutes. When it seems to be getting overstimulated, stop and then get away. Otherwise, your cat might introduce you to its claws and fangs.

This may leave you thinking that you are causing your cat to feel frustrated for abruptly stopping playtime. Because of this, you may be tempted to resume petting and tickling your cat. Keep in mind that you should avoid this at all costs. Since your cat’s adrenaline levels are still high, playtime could easily lead to wartime.

What you need to do instead is wait for your kitty cat to calm down for a few minutes. Some cats bounce back from overstimulation faster than others. Similarly, some cats become overstimulated quicker than the rest. Before approaching your pet again, check that the various signs of overstimulation that we mentioned earlier are already gone.

And this takes us to a critical question that needs an answer…

Why does my cat bite me when I pet her belly?

The abdomen houses numerous vital organs, making it a vulnerable part. Cats know this, which is why they will do everything necessary to protect it, especially in the presence of a predator. Rubbing a cat’s belly area activates a protective response that could cause the feline to scratch and bite.

Needless to say, you should refrain from rubbing your cat’s belly. This is true even if it’s lying on its back, which felines tend to do each time someone they trust is around.

Besides the abdominal area, you should avoid rubbing your pet’s paws and tails, too. You should also steer clear of touching their whiskers. On the other hand, your cat absolutely loves being petted on the top of the head, around the ears, cheeks and chin. They also love it when you rub the base of its tail.

Redirected Aggression

Since cats are excellent hunters and extremely curious by nature, it doesn’t come as a big surprise why there are many stimuli in the environment that can fire them up. Unfortunately, it’s not always that felines can get what they want, which is why it can be quite easy for them to wind up frustrated or enraged.

This is when a cat may redirect its aggression toward something or someone else, such as its owner.

Cats and humans share more things in common than you think, and one of them is the penchant for redirecting their aggression if they cannot direct it toward the trigger.

It’s not uncommon for a person, especially one who’s terrible at expressing his or her anger in a healthy and acceptable manner, to yell at innocent people, smash things against the wall and slam doors. One may even resort to self-harm or alcohol or drug abuse to deal with his or her aggression.

Well, cats are like humans in that sense. However, the majority of felines choose to redirect their aggression by biting just about anything that’s within their easy access, such as the leg or hand of their owners.

Reducing aggression in your cat is essential if you no longer want to end up with scratches and bites due to its aggression redirected toward you. For instance, if you have several cats and some cannot seem to get along, it’s a good idea to separate your cats that act aggressively toward each other.

In some instances, seeking the help of a cat behavior consultant or specialist makes perfect sense.

Besides aggression redirected toward you, your cat may bite you out of the blue for different reasons. And this is why this question needs to be answered…

Why does my cat bite me unprovoked?

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Cats bite unprovoked when they want something from their owners or feel that their owners are not giving them enough attention. In some instances, cats bite all of a sudden due to having an extreme startling reflex. Cats that hate surprises or being spooked can bite their owners unprovoked.

There is one more very common reason behind a cat biting unexpectedly, and we’ll talk about it next.

Pain

Cats are known to be affectionate and expressive. Well, except during those times when they prefer to be left alone. It’s also their nature to deal with pain on their own, which is embedded in their DNA makeup — if their ancestors, wild cats, showed they’re in pain, their enemies would take the opportunity to attack and kill them.

Because of this, it’s very rare for domestic cats to let their owners know that they are experiencing pain.

And when the pain is too much for them to bear, they will inform their owners without delay. In many instances, felines will express their pain through a bite.

Immediately check your cat for the presence of injuries, such as cuts, wounds, bruises and swollen joints. If there is no physical evidence that your pet is in some type of pain, the problem could be coming from within. For this, it’s a must that you take your pawed pal to the vet for a thorough assessment.

Was your cat diagnosed by a vet with a health problem in the past? There is a possibility that it has come back or worsened, and it’s causing your cat pain. Felines are vulnerable to an assortment of chronic diseases, or diseases that last for a long time, which require ongoing medical attention and can affect one’s quality of life.

In cats, some of the most common chronic diseases are skin conditions. Others include liver disease, endocrine disorders, cancer and obesity, which can cause many serious complications if not managed.

Besides biting you when in pain, a cat may also vocalize. And this brings us to this question…

Why do cats purr?

Cats purr when they are in a positive and relaxing mood. They purr when they are chilling out, nursing and grooming themselves or their kittens. Cats purr, too, when their owners stroke them. However, cats may also purr when they are stressed or experiencing something unfavorable, such as pain.

Because different cats tend to purr for different reasons, it’s important to understand your own cat.

When cats are in pain, it’s not just biting and purring that they do. These furry creatures also exhibit reduced appetite, decreased interest in playing and socializing, lethargy and hiding away.

Just Before You Play With Your Cat

The so-called love bites rarely break the skin. But from time to time, depending on the mood of cats, love bites can draw blood, too, which can potentially lead to a secondary infection.

When your cat rubs against you, avoid simulating it excessively to keep it from biting you. Needless to say, it’s a must to know some of the telltale signs that your feline pal is already overstimulated. And if it seems like biting while rubbing against you is a habit acquired from an earlier age, it’s a good idea to use toys during playtime.

In some instances, cats rub against you and then bite as a result of aggression. If the cause is frustration, allow your cat to realize that taking it out on you is wrong. Similarly, give it time to cool off.

Take your cat to the veterinary clinic if it seems like its aggression is the result of pain or discomfort from a physical injury or an undiagnosed health problem. Allowing your trusted vet to give your four-legged friend a thorough assessment is necessary for diagnosis and treatment, which can help put an end to unprovoked biting.

Observing your cat’s body language and the sounds it makes can help you understand it better.

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What Happens to Feral Cats After You Move?

Feral cats can get attached to their outdoor home, which is why many of them will die where they were born. Feral cats that are moved to another place will try to look for their previous home, and this is what makes it dangerous for them to be relocated. In their attempt to find their way back, they could die.

Before moving to a new home, you will have to take care of many things. Similarly, there are many things that you will have to leave behind, including feral cats that pay you a visit to enjoy the food that you put out for them. It can be exciting and stressful to start a new life in a new place, but what happens to feral cats after you move?

In general, feral cats will survive after the people feeding them relocate. After all, they are used to looking after themselves outdoors. They will have less food to eat, but feral cats still got their hunting and surviving skills. Leaving behind feral cats is better than relocating them.

Unlike stray cats, feral cats are not warm and friendly. Still, it’s possible for people to get attached to them because, after all, it’s not their choice to come into this world unaccustomed to human interaction.

Continue reading if you are about to move to a different home and you are torn between leaving feral cats behind and taking them with you.

Taking a stray cat when you move

It’s less stressful for stray cats to be moved to a different location than feral cats because they are accustomed to being around people. However, stray cats may attempt to look for their old home and could die in the process. Turning stray cats into indoor cats can help keep this from happening.

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Stray cats are friendlier by several times than feral cats, which is why it can be easy for any cat lover to get attached to these purring creatures and find it hard to part ways with them, such as when moving to a new home.

Fortunately, it is very much possible for stray cats to be taken by people when moving to a different location, mainly due to the fact that they have socialization skills — they are not going to have a hard time adjusting to a new environment or set of people.

In many instances, taking stray cats when moving is beneficial for them.

But before you take a stray cat with you, make sure that it doesn’t have babies relying on its breast milk for sustenance.

Kittens younger than six to eight weeks cannot survive without their mommy cat. Some of the telltale signs that a stray cat is nursing include swollen breasts and less fur around the nipples.

Also, check many times that the cat is not someone’s pet whose heart you will break!

This doesn’t mean, however, that feral cats cannot be taken when you move to a different house.

Young feral cats, in particular, can be taken to a different location as they can be socialized and trained, thus making them easier to adjust to their new home and family.

However, there is a time perfect for taking feral kittens with you.

Feral kittens are best taken with you at four to eight weeks of age. It’s also the best time to adopt them.

Especially if they are socialized and trained the right way, it can be easy to turn little feral cats into loving and affectionate pets.

They are nothing like their older feral counterparts that can be extremely difficult, if not completely impossible, to train. Needless to say, you can take with you young feral cats when you move to a new home.

Don’t feel sad and guilty for taking the feral kittens away from their mommy cat.

Since a mother cat is instinctually programmed to leave its little ones alone when they are old enough to take care of themselves, it will not grieve for its relocated kittens as a human mom does. It may miss her babies for a while alright, but it will soon move on.

It can be tempting to take with you the mother of the feral kittens, too. However, this is not really a good idea as it will do the mommy cat more harm than good.

Let’s take a look at why, most of the time, it’s not a good idea to take feral cats with you…

Is it cruel to relocate a feral cat?

Relocating feral cats is cruel in the sense that it will cause them unnecessary stress and anxiety to be placed in a location that they are totally unfamiliar with. Since they might try to go back to their old home, relocated feral cats could die in the process, which has been the case for many.

Many cat owners and lovers are familiar with trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs offered by animal shelters.

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The premise of such programs is simple: Spay and neuter free-roaming cats for population control.

As the name suggests, TNR programs involve releasing stray and feral cats after being fixed.

But when it comes to releasing felines after spaying or neutering, there is one very important matter that needs to be carried out. And it’s none other than releasing the stray and feral cats where they were trapped or captured.

Stray cats are accustomed to the presence of humans because some of them were once pets. Some stray cats went missing, while others were abandoned by their owners.

Either way, the fact remains that stray cats have socialization skills that they can use to their advantage when they are introduced into a new environment.

For instance, if there is no food to hunt, stray cats will approach people to beg for food. Some of those they approach may take pity on them and decide to adopt them, which is very much possible since stray cats can become pet cats.

It’s a completely different story for feral cats — they would rather rely on their hunting skills than count on people, which they find terrifying.

However, feral cats may still take advantage of the food that people put out for them, provided that they are nowhere near. Alas, some people are cruel and won’t think about the welfare of feral cats.

The reason why relocating feral cats is a terrible idea goes beyond just food and water.

Feral cats can get attached to their outdoor home, which is why many of them will die where they were born.

Feral cats that are moved to another place will try to look for their previous home, and this is what makes it dangerous for them to be relocated. In their attempt to find their way back, they could die.

There are many things that could kill stray cats looking for their previous outdoor home.

One is being struck by automobiles, which is one of the two most common causes of death of feral cats (the other one is getting a disease).

But it’s not just speeding cars and deadly diseases that stray cats may encounter while attempting to return to their old home and feline friends, too.

Some other things that could kill them along the way include predatory animals and ruthless people. Feral cats may also die of hunger and exposure to the elements.

However, in some instances, feral cats may be relocated. And this takes us to this matter…

When should feral cats be relocated?

Feral cats should be relocated only when they are in imminent danger. Especially in an urban setting, there are many things that can endanger the lives of the felines. When relocating feral cats, proper protocols should be followed, although things could still go wrong during and after relocation.

It’s true that feral cats are homeless.

And it’s unlikely for them to have homes, too, like stray cats, as it’s really difficult to turn them into pets. While homeless, feral cats consider the outdoors as their home.

Like indoor cats, feral cats can get attached to their home, which is why it can be highly stressful for them to be taken to another place.

Although relocating them because of threats such as speeding automobiles, cat-killing stray dogs and heartless people is a good thing for feral cats, it can be a bad thing for them, too.

Besides being stressed, relocating feral cats to places they are not familiar with can leave them disoriented and feeling vulnerable.

It’s because of this why the majority of relocated feral cats will try to search for their old home. It’s while looking for it when the lives of relocated feral cats are placed in jeopardy.

Cats, including feral ones, have a homing instinct — an ability to return home from a great distance.

The very first study about the homing instinct of cats, entitled “Homing Powers of the Cat”, was published back in 1922.

In the said study, it was revealed that cats could find their way home if they were one to four miles away from it.

Since the homing instinct of cats is related to their distance from home, relocated stray cats may fail to find the alleyways or abandoned buildings where they grew up if they are several miles away from them.

Unfortunately, stray cats do not know this. Many relocated ones will attempt to embark on an impossible journey, growing old or dying prematurely in the process.

But since, in some instances, stray cats need to be relocated for their own benefit, such as for the reasons mentioned earlier, it’s of utmost importance to consider where they will be transferred.

There are certain things that need to be taken into account to keep the soon-to-be relocated felines safe, such as:

  • Relocating feral cats to rural locations. Compared to urban settings, there’s more space and safety available for feral cats. There are also more small animals and insects for them to hunt and eat. However, while there are fewer cars that could kill feral cats in rural locations, there are also fewer potential shelters from the elements and more predatory animals such as wolves, coyotes, snakes, eagles, hawks and owls.
  • Bringing the family members of feral cats. Besides their outdoor homes, feral cats get attached to their feline family members, too. This is why it’s a great idea to relocate feral cats together with cats that they are associated with. Being with felines that they get along with, relocated feral cats will have the confidence that they will survive so much better in their new home, thus keeping them from wanting to go back to their old one.
  • Transferring feral cats the right way. Unlike stray cats, it can be challenging to trap feral cats so that they can be transported to their new location. It can be stressful not only to the people trying to catch them but also to the felines themselves. Safety precautions should be taken when attempting to catch and transport feral cats. In some instances, the assistance of experts at the local animal shelter should be sought.
  • Confining feral cats for six to eight weeks. To minimize the risk of feral cats searching for their old home and potentially dying in the process, they should be confined in pre-installed large cages for several weeks, preferably up to two months, to get them used to the new location very well. Besides large cages, feral cats may also be confined in large, unused structures such as barns, horse stables, granaries and equipment sheds.

To save them from unnecessary heartaches, some people stop putting out food for free-roaming cats several weeks before moving so that they could start looking for other providers of food in the neighborhood.

And this takes us to a very important question regarding stray cats that needs an answer…

Will a stray cat starve if you stop feeding it?

Usually, stray cats will not starve if people stop feeding them. It’s because they are natural hunters just like feral cats and can improve their hunting skills. Stray cats are likely to stay in the same area if no one puts out food for them anymore, although they will expand their search for food.

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Because feral cats have been hunting for food since they were born, it’s unlikely for them to go hungry. However, they may still go hungry if there is a shortage of prey to hunt and eat, such as during the wintertime.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for stray cats, the majority of which used to get food two to three times a day when they were still pets.

The good news is that while stray cats may go hungry if you quit putting out food for them, their hunting instinct will kick in, enabling them to look for food.

Here’s a wonderful idea: Since stray cats can be easily turned into pets, consider taking them with you to your new home. This way, there is one less thing for you to worry about.

What’s more, seeing some familiar whiskered faces can make starting your life all over again in a different home or location less daunting.

If taking the stray cats with you is not an option, fret not.

There are certain things that you may do to make sure that your four-legged friends will remain just fine even though you are no longer around to provide them with food and water regularly.

Some of them include:

  • Asking your neighbors to continue the good deed. Some of your neighbors could be cat lovers like you. Ask around and see which of them are willing to put out food for the stray cats. Some of them may even fall in love with the homeless furry animals and decide to adopt them.
  • Looking for people looking for cats to adopt on the internet. Take snapshots of the stray cats and post them on Facebook support groups and forum sites about animal welfare. Some of the members could be looking for stray cats to welcome into their respective homes.
  • Getting in touch with the local animal shelter. Especially if the stray cats are not yet spayed or neutered, it’s a good idea to ask the local animal shelter to spring into action. After getting fixed, the stray cats may be adopted out or released again, as part of a TNR program.

Just Before You Move to a New Home

Moving and leaving feral cats behind can be heartbreaking for any cat lover. Especially if you have grown fond of the felines even though they’re not that friendly toward you, parting ways with them can be saddening.

If you are about to move to a different home and it pains you to leave behind feral cats that you have been feeding for a while now, it’s completely up to you to decide between leaving the four-legged creatures behind and taking them with you.

Either way, the life of feral cats will never be the same again.

Leaving behind feral cats is the lesser of two evils.

It’s because the animals are so accustomed to their current outdoor home that they will likely survive so much better than when relocated — the feral cats might try to go back to their previous location and, in the process, could die because of cars, predators, cruel people, starvation and the elements.

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Five Reasons Why Stray Kittens Follow You

Community cats are responsible for about 80% of all kittens born in the US each year. As a general rule, most stray kittens follow humans for five main reasons. Some of them are begging for food, asking for protection, wanting a home, getting some fun and exciting playtime, and choosing their cat parents. It’s cute when a stray kitten follows ...

First things first: If a stray kitten follows you, it wants something from you. It’s completely up to you to figure out what it is that the kitten wants, although it can be challenging for someone who is not well-versed with the behavior of felines. Cats are known to be aloof and independent four-legged creatures alright, but why do stray kittens follow you?

Community cats are responsible for about 80% of all kittens born in the US each year.

As a general rule, most stray kittens follow humans for five main reasons. Some of them are begging for food, asking for protection, wanting a home, getting some fun and exciting playtime, and choosing their cat parents.

It’s cute when a stray kitten follows you like you are its mom or the leader of the gang.

But if you fail to take the right steps, you might put its life in danger by causing it to stray far from its mother or lead it to a busy street or a pack of vicious dogs ready for some action!

Stray kittens are some of the most curious furry creatures on the face of the planet.

And if you are too curious to find out the answer to the question “why do stray kittens follow you?” read on.

1. To Ask for Some Food

Most stray kittens are fully weaned at six to eight weeks old — they are ready to try other things than just their mommy cat’s milk for sustenance.

In other words, they are all set to enjoy foods that they can get their little paws on.

Unlike feral kittens, stray kittens are not afraid of humans.

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This is why it’s not unlikely for them to approach humans to beg for some food from them. Especially if you are holding something that looks delectable and smells fantastic, too, such as a clubhouse sandwich or corn dog, it’s very much likely for a hungry stray kitten to follow you.

The good news is that there are many human foods that stray kittens can eat.

However, refrain from assuming that anything you can put in your mouth can be put in the meowing mouth of a stray baby cat.

Chocolate, onion, garlic, grapes, raisins, raw eggs, milk, dairy products — ensure that you do not offer any of these to stray kittens or cats and kittens in general.

2. To Seek Protection

Stray kittens know that they are several times smaller than predatory animals, including especially those that can devour little cats without much trouble, such as street dogs, sewer rats, snakes, eagles, hawks, and owls.

On the other hand, stray kittens know that humans are several times bigger than them and many predatory animals, too, which is why they won’t hesitate to approach them each time they feel like they could use some protection.

If a stray kitten is chasing after you, it’s possible that something is chasing after it, too.

Unlike house or indoor kittens, the majority of stray kittens have much shorter lifespans.

As a matter of fact, if they live on their own, stray kittens tend to live for less than two years only. It doesn’t come as a surprise since they are living outdoors where they are unprotected from the elements, perilous urban landscapes, speeding cars, vicious predatory animals, and cruel people.

3. To Look for a Home

One of the things that separate stray cats from feral cats is that stray cats used to have homes and feral cats never had homes, which is why they find being adopted highly uncomfortable and stressful.

It’s because of this why it’s not unlikely for stray cats to look for replacements for their former homes by approaching people they feel they could trust or frequently visiting properties they feel they could be welcome in.

In some instances, stray kittens that are sick and tired of living outdoors may approach people to ask for a home.

When a stray kitten looking for a home follows you, it feels that you could be its owner.

A stray kitty cat may also sense if you love cats — if you have purring pets at home, it can smell your cats on you.

It’s very much possible for a stray cat to chase you around, especially if it can smell that your purring pets are some of the friendliest felines on the planet and will be more than willing to accept it as a new member of the gang.

4. To Have Some Fun

Playtime is one of the most important times in the lives of stray kittens. Besides allowing them to have some fun and excitement, it also hones their hunting skills that they will need to survive as adult cats.

Stray kittens love to play with their siblings and mommy cat, too.

However, from time to time, they also love to play alone and with the help of objects around them, such as pebbles, fallen leaves, crumpled up sheets of paper, and bottle caps.

There are also instances in which stray kittens love to play with humans, especially friendly-looking ones.

A stray kitten may become enchanted with a possession of yours, too, like your apartment keys, purse or anklet.

If you tend to spend a few minutes every day playing with a stray kitten, be warned: the furry fellow may get attached to you.

You may get attached to it, too. In so many instances, the attachment of humans and stray kitty cats to each other leads to one thing. And it’s none other than humans adopting the stray kittens they have grown to love.

5. To Have a Cat Parent

It’s not just playtime that stray kittens want from humans that they chase around. There are times, too, when what they want from humans is to become their cat parents.

Sooner or later, stray kittens and their mommy cat will have to part ways.

In some instances, they get separated from one another sooner than expected, such as when the mother gets lost, hit by a car, or attacked by a vicious dog while looking for food to eat. This can leave its whiskered babies alone and in great need of a parent.

A stray cat following you may be on the hunt for a replacement for its mother cat.

Not all humans can be cat parents. If a stray cat chooses you to be its cat parent, it only means that it sees something special in you.

It’s completely up to you to decide how to respond to it. Just in case you cannot welcome the stray cat into your home, you could at least look for someone who would be more than happy to be its cat parent.

Just Before You Try to Evade a Stray Kitten

Stray kittens may follow people randomly alright, especially those that are extremely curious. However, more often than not, homeless baby cats chase people around for a particular reason. Adult cats are notorious for being independent animals, but some of them can be really clingy — kittens, stray or otherwise, even more so!

Above, we talked about some of the main reasons why stray kittens follow you.

Since there are a handful of different ones, it’s completely up to you to figure out what a little kitty cat wants from you. Worry not because, by getting to know its personality, which can vastly differ from other baby felines, telling what it wants for following you around should be easy.

Related Questions

Do stray kittens recognize your face?

Stray kittens recognize faces alright, but not in the same way humans do. Besides the face, stray kittens also recognize humans by their smell, the sound of their voice, and even their body language and behavioral patterns. According to a Japanese study, stray kittens can recognize the voice of their owners.

Can stray kittens sense if you are a good person?

Stray kittens can tell apart good people from bad people. They can do so by carefully observing the body language and analyzing the sound of the voice of humans. Stray kittens can also distinguish between good people and bad people through their past experiences with them.

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How to Get Stray Kittens to Come to You

If you establish eye contact with the stray kitten and it doesn’t seem to scare it, try blinking slowly, which is how cats smile. You’re closer to your goal of getting the animal to come to you if it responds with a slow blink, too. Keep this in mind: Looking away can help keep the animal from running away. Make Interesting Sounds

Making stray kittens come toward you is the first step to adopting them or taking them to the shelter. Alas, due to a lack of experience in human interaction, these tiny furballs may hesitate to approach you. While you are 100% certain that you want to keep them out of harm’s way, you may be confused as to how to get stray kittens to come to you.

In general, food, sounds and toys encourages stray kittens to approach. Making one’s body seem smaller, avoiding sudden movements, putting on a smile and extending a finger wins their trust and confidence. Petting and playing with stray kittens establishes that approaching is a positive experience.

Whether you want to turn stray kittens into indoor pets or have them neutered and then released to help reduce the number of free-roaming cats going hungry and sickly unnecessarily, it’s a definite must to encourage them to have faith in you. It’s very much possible, although it may not go as trouble-free as one would like.

Continue reading if you want to know how to get stray kittens to come to you. Below, you will come across 12 of the most effective steps you may take to change the lives of little kitty cats for the better in no time.

12 Steps To Win Stray Kitten Trust

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Refrain From Invading Its Personal Space

Before you can make a stray kitten come to you, you should win its trust and confidence. Nothing can make a baby cat fear and mistrust you more than you occupying its personal space.

It’s for this reason exactly why it’s a much better idea for you to let the kitten approach you instead of you approaching it. As soon as it realizes that you’re within the immediate area surrounding it, the stray kitten will either hiss and spit if it’s feisty or flee to safety if it’s a fraidy-cat.

Check that you stay a few feet away from the stray kitty cat as you attempt to make it come to you.

While felines don’t want humans to invade their personal space, ironically, they do not care at all about the personal space of humans, particularly those that they trust. For instance, my cats won’t hesitate to snooze on my chest the moment I lie in bed or nap on my lap the minute I sit in front of my computer to work.

Provide Strong-Smelling Food

Felines find strong-smelling food completely irresistible. As a matter of fact, if one of my cats gets sick and loses its appetite, all I have to do is add a little canned tuna to its kibbles.

Needless to say, if you want a stray kitten to come to you in a flash, offer it a treat with a strong smell.

Refrain from assuming that just about anything that’s strong-smelling will make a stray kitten approach you.

Onions and garlic and those that smell like citrus or mint can repel cats. Felines also hate the smell of certain herbs and spices, such as lavender and cayenne pepper.

Stick to canned fish or meat, preferably those without unnecessary ingredients. You may also give the stray kitten cooked fish or meat that you made from scratch if you want to grab its attention.

However, ensure that it’s not seasoned. And to keep the food off-limits to ants, place it in a small bowl and place the bowl in a shallow dish with water.

Crouch, Kneel or Sit Down

It’s perfectly normal for kittens to be shy and anxious from time to time.

Stray kittens tend to be more fearful than pet kittens because it’s not all the time that they are able to interact with people. And because they know that they are several times smaller than humans, it doesn’t come as a surprise why they are wary of them.

This is why you should give the stray kitten the impression that you are not a threat despite your size. To show the little feline that it could trust you, try to make yourself as small as possible.

It’s because of this why crouching down is a good idea.

You may also kneel or sit down — anything that can help considerably lessen the size difference between the two of you. Once the stray kitten sees that you are not that big after all, it will consider you a less threatening creature.

Basically, this is all that you need to remember on how to approach a cat without scaring it.

Whenever I’m taking snapshots of stray cats and kittens for social media posting, I kneel down or sit on the ground to keep my feline subjects from looking like deer in the headlights.

Extend Your Index Finger

Speaking of making yourself seem smaller and thus appear less threatening, you should gently extend your index finger toward the stray kitten at about cat-nose level.

This is the best way to start to introduce yourself to the tiny feline — it gives it the opportunity to get to know you by checking out your natural scent.

Cats introduce themselves to one another by touching and sniffing each other’s noses.

Well, it’s exactly for the same reason why the stray kitten will slowly, albeit hesitatingly, take a whiff of the tip of your index finger.

Consider yourself fortunate if it begins to sniff the rest of your index finger and hand because it’s a telltale sign that it’s willing to get to know you better.

By the way, I love petting stray cats and dogs. Before I play with my cats back home, I wash my hands thoroughly — I don’t want to scare or agitate them with the scent of cats and dogs I interacted with beforehand.

Avoid Sudden Movements and Gestures

The importance of gently extending your index finger toward a stray kitten to be smelled by it cannot be stressed enough. Otherwise, the innocent and fearful animal will get startled, causing it to run away from you.

Years ago, I made the mistake of not minding my movements while coaxing out of hiding a stray kitten that I wanted to take to the shelter for neutering. I suddenly uncrossed my arms when my phone rang to reject the call. Alas, it’s the abrupt movement of my arms, not my phone’s loud ringing, that scared the baby feline away.

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When it comes to making a stray kitten to come to you, move like a sloth.

Any sudden movement and gesture will make the stray kitten assume that you are trying to attack it. The problem with startling the four-legged creature is that it can put it in grave danger. This is especially true if the two of you are right next to a busy street or an open manhole.

Pretend the Kitten’s Invisible

I have a couple of neutered cats that still display aggressive behavior from time to time, which is something to expect as they were fixed past two years old.

And each time they cross paths and have eye contact, they growl at each other — felines find eye contact extremely threatening and intimidating.

Because of this, you should avoid staring directly into the stray kitten’s eyes.

The best way to encourage a stray kitty cat to approach you is by acting like you are not aware of its presence.

You can pretend to be drinking your venti coffee or reading something on your phone while waiting for the kitten to come closer and closer to you. Again, do not make sudden movements and gestures to not startle it.

If you establish eye contact with the stray kitten and it doesn’t seem to scare it, try blinking slowly, which is how cats smile. You’re closer to your goal of getting the animal to come to you if it responds with a slow blink, too.

Keep this in mind: Looking away can help keep the animal from running away.

Make Interesting Sounds

It’s no secret that the hearing of both cats and dogs is more superior to the hearing of humans.

But between these furry animals, cats have more sensitive ears. As a matter of fact, felines in excellent health can judge within three inches the location of the source of sound situated three feet away.

Because of this, cats are phenomenal hunters. And it’s also due to this exactly why you may count on sounds whenever you want a stray kitten to come closer.

Cats find the sound their small preys make, such as birds, mice and rats, totally irresistible. If you want a stray kitty cat to approach you, all you have to do is mimic the sounds made by animals felines like to catch.

For instance, one of my cats tends to show up in a flash when I make a warbling sound.

Another type of sound that adult cats and kittens alike love is a whistle.

Fret not if you are not very good at mimicking the sound of birds or rodents. That’s because you may simply say nice words to the stray kitten. Just make sure that you say the words gently and in a high-pitched manner.

Distract With Everyday Objects

Stray kittens and little cats, in general, love to play.

It allows them to keep boredom at bay while honing their hunting skills, which will come in very handy once they’re fully weaned and can live away from their mommies. And since stray kittens love to play, you can entice them to approach you with the help of cat toys.

The good news is that kittens are not picky when it comes to toys. Even everyday objects can serve as makeshift cat toys, most especially those that make interesting sounds and have stimulating elements.

Car keys, hair ties, bracelets, hand wipes, plastic bottles, makeup brushes — if you have any of these in your bag, then you are not going to have a difficult time getting the attention of a stray baby cat, even if it has the shortest attention span in the whole animal kingdom.

Once, I won the complete trust and confidence of a stray kitten using just a dead leaf.

I have lots of cats at home. To save money, I don’t buy them cat toys available at online and offline pet supplies stores. What I do is crumple up small brown paper bags and store receipts I no longer need into small balls — they have a marvelous time stalking, clawing and pouncing them each time!

Put on a Pleasing Face

According to a 2015 study, cats performed more positive behaviors (purring, rubbing themselves against their owners, etc.) when their owners were smiling.

The participating cats also wanted to spend more quality time with their owners when they were smiling rather than when they were frowning.

But when the participating felines were presented with strangers, they carried out all sorts of positive behaviors no matter if the strangers they’re with were smiling or not.

The study’s result suggested a couple of things: Cats can read human faces, and they learn how to do it over time.

Especially if you encounter the stray kitten on a daily basis, it’s a wonderful idea to smile at it whether you are trying to make it come to you or not.

The goal is to allow the little cat to learn to read your face. When the time comes that you are ready to adopt it or take it to the shelter, things will go as smoothly as possible.

By the way, I have noticed long ago that my cats tend to stay away from me each time I go home feeling stressed and exhausted and with a long face.

Stroke Ticklish Areas

When a stray kitten approaches you, see to it that the furball will realize that coming to you is one of the best life decisions that it has ever made. And you can do this by stroking it where all kittens like to be stroked.

My cats head-butt my hands each time they are in the mood to be petted.

I figured out it’s because they love to be stroked on the top of their head and the areas around their pointed ears. They also love it when I stroke their cheeks and chin. A gentle scratch along their backs sends them into a frenzy!

Just a word of caution: Refrain from stroking a stray kitten’s paws, belly and tail.

These areas are extremely sensitive, and there’s a fine line between pleasure and pain when it comes to petting felines.

For instance, if the stray kitten lies belly up, it doesn’t mean that it wants you to stroke its abdominal area — the pawed creature just wants to say that it’s totally relaxed and comfortable.

Bestow Enough Time to Loosen Up

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While cats can change your life for the better, unfortunately, they do not deal very well with change.

Even subtle changes in their environment are enough to cause their stress levels to go sky-high. It’s because of this why your presence may stress a stray kitten, especially if it’s obvious that you are attempting to interact with it.

The goal is to keep the animal from being too stressed when you are trying to invite it to come to you. Otherwise, it may completely turn its back on you or take a long time to give its full trust and confidence in you.

Either way, it’s a good idea to keep the little feline from feeling stressed excessively.

If the stray kitten has dilated pupils and a puffed-up tail and it’s breathing through its mouth, stop anything that you are doing and give the baby cat enough time to calm down. Wait until everything goes back to normal before you resume trying to make the stray kitten to come to you.

What I do when my cats are stressed is I talk to them in a calm and soothing voice for a few minutes.

Exude Patience, Patience and More Patience

A Greek proverb goes: “One minute of patience, ten years of peace.”

You will have to keep in mind this wise saying if you are trying to get a stray kitten to come to you to keep it out of harm’s way. That’s because you will definitely need to have lots and lots of patience to succeed.

The amount of patience you will need will vary, depending on the stray kitten’s personality and where it is.

For instance, it took me about five minutes only to rescue an extremely terrified stray kitten trapped in one corner of my yard.

On the other hand, it took me nearly half an hour to rescue a completely relaxed stray kitten that’s taking a rest in the undercarriage of the car of my neighbor — luckily, the vehicle’s owner was down with the flu that day!

Just Before You Beckon Stray Kittens Closer

The mortality rate of stray kittens ranges anywhere from 15% to 40%, especially among orphaned baby cats. This is true even for those that are already 12 weeks of age and fully weaned.

Because of a lack of life experiences and survival skills, stray kittens need all the help they can get from humans.

It’s due to this why it’s a wonderful idea for you to spring into action when you come across a litter of baby kitty cats on the street or in your yard, whether you would like to adopt them or take them to the shelter for spaying or neutering.

While they may appreciate your help, however, stray kittens may feel terrified when you try to approach them. Similarly, they may hesitate to approach you the first time you try to encourage them to come closer.

Above, we talked about a total of 12 ways on how to get stray kittens to come to you. The success rate is exceptionally high if you carry them out the right way. Remember to have patience and refrain from giving up too quickly.

You may find it challenging alright, but being able to change the lives of stray kittens can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

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How Long Before a Stray Cat is Legally Yours?

As a general rule, the stray cat’s founder becomes the legal owner if no owner shows up and it serves the stray holding period. The period usually varies from five to seven days, depending on if the animal is tagged or microchipped. In some cases, the stray holding period is 48 to 72 hours only. One very important step needs to be taken when ...

So, you have been putting out food and water for a stray cat that keeps on visiting your property for a few days now. It can be tempting to welcome it into your home to keep it from going hungry and thirsty and being at risk of getting hurt ever again. And now you may be wondering: how long before a stray cat is legally yours?

As a general rule, the stray cat’s founder becomes the legal owner if no owner shows up and it serves the stray holding period. The period usually varies from five to seven days, depending on if the animal is tagged or microchipped. In some cases, the stray holding period is 48 to 72 hours only.

One very important step needs to be taken when you come across a stray cat, and you wish to adopt it: do everything that you can to find its owner first.

Otherwise, you may wind up penalized or even incarcerated! If no owner claims the stray animal after a while, which we will elaborate on later (so don’t stop reading now!), then the cat is yours to love.

Read on if you wish to adopt a stray cat because the two of you have grown to like each other.

What to Do When You Find a Stray Cat

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Adopting a feral cat and turning it into an indoor or house pet is virtually impossible. It can be both challenging and dangerous for the person. Similarly, it can be extremely stressful for the animal.

It’s a different story for a stray cat — it can be tamed and trained without much trouble, in most cases.

Unfortunately, turning a cat that you find on the street or your property from a stray to a pet is not a good idea. It’s for the fact that it is illegal, particularly if the cat is not really a stray animal but someone else’s pet. This is why carrying out the necessary steps when you find a stray cat is a must.

Here are the different steps to take…

Check Whether the Cat is a Stray or Not

If the cat looks healthy and clean, there is a huge possibility that it belongs to someone in your neighborhood. A stray cat is dirty and unkempt, unlike a feral cat that looks well-groomed.

Does the cat trust you and allow you to come close? If so, check for the presence of a collar or tag. Give the owner a call if his or her contact details are printed on the collar or tag. Allow the person to know that the animal is on your property. Schedule for either a drop-off or collection. In the meantime, give the cat some food and clean water.

Locate the Cat’s Owner

If the cat regularly shows up on your property and doesn’t have a collar or tag, there is a simple way to establish whether it has an owner. It’s none other than using a paper collar. A paper collar is a collar out of a strip of paper with your contact details and a short note for the owner to call you because its cat regularly drops by.

Attach the paper collar around the neck of the cat, using a piece of tape to connect it. Besides making a paper collar from scratch, you may simply print this paper collar template.

Ask Around Online and Offline

The internet makes it convenient to carry out all sorts of tasks, including finding the owner of a cat that pays you a visit on a regular basis. Take snapshots of the feline and post them on community groups on Facebook or any local group online. You may also show the pictures to your neighbors and ask if any of them recognizes the animal.

Feel free to make posters, which you may post around the area, most especially high-traffic ones. You may also upload digital copies of your posters on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Take the Cat to the Vet or Rescue Center

Worry not if the stray cat doesn’t have a collar or tag. That’s because it could have a microchip, which is an identification tool about the size of a grain of rice and implanted under the cat’s skin, between its shoulder blades. The microchip contains an ID number for identifying the owner of the cat, and a scanner can read it.

Bring the stray cat to the nearest veterinary clinic or rescue center. If the animal is microchipped, the owner will be contacted. If no owner turns up after the stray holding period, the animal can be placed for adoption.

These are the steps that you may take when you find a stray cat. Especially if you have fallen in love with it and you want to give it a home to make sure that it’s going to be happy and healthy for the rest of its life (or all of its nine lives), you must carry out these steps — unless you don’t mind having a brush with the law.

And this takes us to a pressing question that needs an answer…

Can you legally keep a stray cat?

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A stray cat should be returned to its rightful owner. Most statutes require the finder of the stray cat to attempt to return the animal to its owner before he or she can assert ownership. To legally keep a stray cat, the owner of the animal should fail to claim it within the stray holding period.

In the eyes of the law (well, at least in most states), any animal that can be legally owned is considered personal property, and that includes a stray cat. Just about anything that you own and can be moved from place to place — your cell phone, your wallet, your laptop, your TV, your car, etc. — is personal property.

And because a stray cat is someone’s personal property, its owner could sue you for stealing his or her cat if you adopt it. If you don’t want any trouble, follow the above-mentioned steps on what to do when you find a stray cat.

Just Before You Adopt a Stray Cat

When it comes to adopting a stray cat, the expression finders keepers (losers weepers) does not apply. Instead of having a loving purring pet, you could end up paying a fine or winding up in jail if the animal is someone else’s pet. Before you decide to adopt a cat, establish whether it’s a stray cat or someone is looking for it.

Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to locate the cat’s owner — if it’s indeed someone’s pet.

There are many ways to check if the animal is a stray cat alright or simply missing and has ended up on your property because it feels safe there. From checking its collar or tag, placing a paper collar around its neck, asking around online and offline to take it to the vet or rescue center, there is never a shortage of ways.

Consider yourself fortunate if no owner claims the cat within the stray holding period, which typically lasts for five to seven days. That’s because the stray cat will be put up for adoption, and you may become its loving owner.

Related Questions

Will a stray cat be happy indoors?

Stray cats were once socialized, which means that they were previously indoor or house pets before losing their home (either by straying from home or being abandoned) or contact with humans. Unlike feral cats that can rarely be tamed, stray cats can be trained to become indoor or house pets again.

How long until a pet cat is considered to be abandoned?

Statutory abandonment provisions can vary from one state to the other. In California, for instance, a pet is considered to be abandoned if it’s not picked up by its owner within 14 days after it was initially due to be picked up, from the date stated in the veterinarian’s notice of relinquishment.

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How to Tell If a Stray Cat Has Kittens

Like a stray cat, a feral cat nurses its babies for eight to ten weeks. It’s because of this why, for several weeks, its breasts appear engorged. On the other hand, its body seems to have lost weight. A feral cat also looks for food while still nursing, although it …

It can be very tempting to turn an extremely adorable and friendly stray cat into a pet. However, if the feline is a female and looks like it’s already in its reproductive years, it may have a litter of babies somewhere. And now, you may be wondering about the steps on how to tell if a stray cat has kittens.

Having enlarged breasts is one of the signs that a stray cat has kittens. Refusal to stay in one place for long periods of time is also a sign — it always returns to its babies to nurse them, which lasts for eight to ten weeks. A sudden weight loss is an indicator that a stray cat has kittens, too.

Welcoming a stray cat into your home is both a noble and rewarding deed. However, it’s a completely different matter if it has kittens. The cat will keep on looking for ways to escape and go back to its youngsters. And if it’s unsuccessful, its kittens are likely to die. Without their mother’s milk, kittens perish anywhere from 12 hours to two days.

So, if you are tempted to adopt a stray cat but fear that it may have kittens, read on. Below, you will come across answers to some of the most pressing questions about this matter.

Telltale Signs That a Stray Cat Has Babies

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Hearing or seeing a litter of pawed newborns is a definitive sign that the stray cat you are considering to turn into a pet has kittens. It is up to you if you will leave the stray cat alone to let it carry out its mommy duties until her kittens are old enough to take care of themselves or adopt it and every single one of its babies, too.

However, it’s not all the time that a stray female cat will give birth where its kittens can be spotted without trouble by humans and predators who would be interested in its little ones.

It’s because of this why you have no choice but to count on some other ways to tell whether or not a stray cat has kittens. The good news is that you don’t need to have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to tell if a stray cat has newborns. The following are some of the best ways to tell if a feline has babies like a pro:

Engorged Breasts

The nipples of a female cat become red and enlarged as early as two weeks of pregnancy. The breasts stay larger than usual after giving birth until around the tenth week. When its kittens are ready to move away from their mother during the tenth week, it’s not unlikely for a mother cat’s breasts to have completely run dry.

Even if some or all of its kittens die, the breasts of a stray female cat will remain engorged.

When the body senses that no babies are sucking at the teats, the mother’s body will stop producing prolactin, the hormone responsible for breast milk production. The stray cat’s breasts will gradually shrink.

Sudden Weight Loss

Does it seem like the stray cat has lost a lot of weight after just a few days of not seeing it? Then it may not be obese the last time you came across it — the feline must have been pregnant.

In female humans, it can take up to six long weeks before their tummies fully return to their pre-pregnancy size. Well, in female cats, the same is true. However, the process tends to be a lot shorter. It is very much possible for the belly of a stray cat that just had a litter of kittens to shrink back to its normal size within just a week.

Some of the weight loss is also likely due to the stress and fatigue of giving birth. Paired with the need to produce breast milk, it doesn’t come as a surprise why the next one is also a telltale sign that a cat has kittens.

Always Hungry

When it’s not busy feeding and keeping safe and warm its litter of kittens, a stray cat that has just given birth will look for food frequently. That’s because it needs a lot of calories and nutrients not only to help its body bounce back from the trauma of pregnancy and labor but also to encourage its breasts to produce breast milk.

It’s for this reason why you may frequently spot the stray cat looking for food. Or, if it’s your habit to put out food for it, the feline may try to get your attention more often.

When feeding the stray cat, focus on giving it food that’s high in calories and nutrients. It’s also a wonderful idea to provide it with clean drinking water — it needs to stay hydrated for proper breast milk production. By the way, a pregnant cat will be very thirsty and drink more water than usual one day before giving birth to its kittens.

Bloody Discharge

The stray cat will have some bleeding in the vaginal area after having a litter of babies. This is normal and can be expected to go on for several days, usually about a week, after giving birth.

However, it is a completely different matter if you notice that the female cat is bleeding for more than one week. More often than not, it’s a sign that something is not right. One very common reason for prolonged vaginal bleeding after delivery is a retained placenta. Consider getting in touch with a veterinarian to have the stray cat examined.

The above-mentioned signs are the ones that you may look for in a stray cat to have an idea of whether or not it has kittens. And now, you may be wondering if a feral cat will exhibit the same signs after having babies. And this brings us to this important question…

How can you tell if a feral cat is still nursing?

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Like a stray cat, a feral cat nurses its babies for eight to ten weeks. It’s because of this why, for several weeks, its breasts appear engorged. On the other hand, its body seems to have lost weight. A feral cat also looks for food while still nursing, although it usually does so only at night.

Although a friendly stray cat with kittens may allow you to touch it for a closer inspection, especially if it’s familiar with you, refrain from touching a feral cat to check whether or not it has just given birth.

FAQs About a Stray Cat With Babies

Adopting a stray cat is one thing. Adopting a stray can with babies is another. The presence of a litter of kittens somewhere can make things complicated. Besides the fact that the stray cat may not show full willingness to get adopted, its little babies will die due to hunger or being preyed upon by predators.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about a stray cat with a litter:

Should I follow a stray cat to know where its kittens are?

When following a stray cat to locate where its litter of kittens are, do so discreetly. Otherwise, if the mother cat notices that it’s being followed, it may head elsewhere to keep its litter safe. But if a stray cat has trust in you, it may be more than willing to lead you to where its kittens are.

Sometimes, if it likes a person, the stray cat will bring its kittens one by one on his or her property.

Is it okay to touch the kittens of a stray cat?

Never touch the kittens of a stray cat, let alone come close to them, if the mother doesn’t seem to trust you. If you’re not welcome to touch its babies, the stray cat won’t think twice about scratching and biting. Contrary to popular belief, a mother cat won’t kill its kittens if humans touch them.

If the mother cat doesn’t like you touching its little ones, it may take them to another place once you go away.

Can I transfer a stray cat and its kittens to a safer place?

Provided that the stray cat isn’t exhibiting signs of hostility, you may take it and its litter to a safer place, such as somewhere on your property. Provide them with a home in which they can feel safe, like a box. Also, provide the mom with food and water to make it and its babies feel welcome.

Keep in mind that a stray cat may relocate its little ones if it doesn’t like it where you transferred them.

Is it okay to take the kittens to a shelter for adoption?

A mother cat will keep on taking care of its youngsters until such time that they can stop drinking her milk and start taking care of themselves. If the kittens are old enough to survive without their mom around, a stray cat won’t mind if you take its babies to a shelter to put them up for adoption.

Make sure that you take a stray cat’s grown-ups to a no-kill shelter where they are out of harm’s way.

What will happen to the kittens if I adopt their mom?

If the kittens are less than eight to ten weeks old, they will die without their mother’s breast milk and protection. However, they can have a fighting chance if someone takes good care of them properly or takes them to the vet. On their own, the kittens have very little to no chance of surviving.

Prior to attempting to adopt a stray cat, make sure it won’t be leaving behind any kittens.

Just Before You Adopt a Stray Cat

If it seems like a friendly or miserable female cat wants you to adopt it, make sure that it doesn’t have babies that it will be leaving behind. Above, we discussed some of the signs that a stray cat has kittens. If it doesn’t seem to have any of those telltale indicators, check that it’s not someone else’s cat before you welcome it into your home.

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How Often Do Feral Cats Move Their Kittens?

Wrap a towel around a kitten, leaving the head poking out. Place the kitten on your lap and gently stroke its head like you would the kitten of a house cat. You may talk to it softly and slowly to keep it from getting startled. Repeat these steps with each kitten as many times as you can in a day. Again, be patient.

Stray cats can be turned into pets. Feral cats, on the other hand, cannot be tamed. The good news is that it’s possible for the kittens of a feral cat to be domesticated. However, it’s of utmost importance to wait for the right time to take them from their mother. And now you may be wondering: how often do feral cats move their kittens?

In total, feral cats tend to frequently move their kittens. They relocate their litter of babies each time they wish to protect them from humans, animals, predators, and the elements. In some instances, feral cats will move their kittens to where they have better access to food and water.

Knowing how often a feral cat moves its kittens is a must, especially if you plan to welcome its little ones into your home. By having an idea of where they are, you can take them at the right moment and save them from being feral like their mom. Springing into action either too early or too late can keep you from attaining success.

Read on if you want the question “how often do feral cats move their kittens?” and other pressing ones answered. Below, you will learn how you can turn the kittens of a feral cat from undomesticated to adorable and trained.

Reasons Why Feral Cats Relocate Their Litter

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House cats, despite being less likely to be attacked or killed by wild predators, still worry about their kittens. This is especially true for those that are nervous either due to lack of experience or the presence of threats, or both. Just imagine what it feels like for feral cats whose babies are always exposed to things or situations that can endanger them.

This is why it’s not unlikely for feral cats to move their little ones constantly. If they deem that their babies are in some form of danger, they will relocate them ASAP. There’s no standard number of movements for them.

Here are some of the most common reasons why feral cats move their youngsters…

  • There’s lots of noise, light and activities present.
  • It’s easy for predators, animals and humans to come across them.
  • The kittens are getting bigger, and the available space is getting smaller.
  • There is not enough warmth, or it’s too hot.
  • The kittens are not protected enough from the elements.
  • It’s dirty and smelly, and the litter does not like it.
  • Having access to food and water is becoming more of a challenge.
  • The moms feel like they could recuperate better from pregnancy elsewhere.

There are numerous reasons why it’s not unlikely for a feral cat to take its babies somewhere else many times. And this can make it difficult to keep track of where they are so that you can swoop in as soon as the kittens can survive without their mothers and are already susceptible to being trained as pets.

When Should I Tame the Kittens of a Feral Cat?

The best time to adopt the kittens of a feral cat and train them is between four weeks and eight weeks, which is their natural weaning period. There are various biological and circumstantial factors why the kittens are more predisposed to being socialized when they are ready to stop breastfeeding.

Kittens, whether the little ones of feral, stray or house cats, turn to sources of nourishment besides the breast milk of their mothers when they are four weeks to eight weeks old.

While they may keep on sucking at the breasts of their moms, kittens at this age are old enough to obtain nutrients and energy from other food sources. It’s also exactly during this time when the youngsters of a stray cat can be tamed, preparing them for the life inside your home and in your loving arms, too.

The following are some of the reasons that make the weaning period the perfect time to tame kittens…

  • The breasts of the feral mother cat are no longer producing enough breast milk to accommodate the nutritional needs of its rapidly growing and developing litter of babies.
  • Because the kittens are not getting enough milk from the teats of their purring mother, they are more than willing to obtain sustenance from other sources, such as little preys that their mother brings them.
  • The growing teeth and sharpening claws of its babies encourage the mom to teach its little ones to hunt and enjoy other food sources so that they don’t have to breastfeed and wreak havoc on her sore and achy teats.
  • Since they are about to try to survive on their own, the youngsters of a feral cat become more susceptible to learning skills and behaviors essential for their survival even without their mother around.

It’s exactly because of the fact that the kittens are ready to learn just about anything and everything necessary for them to survive why it’s a good idea to adopt and train them between four weeks and eight weeks of age.

Removing them from their feral mother cat can keep them from fully developing the strong fight or flight instinct of their parent. This is especially true since there is no need for them to be feral given that they are provided with the food, shelter and protection they require to grow up into healthy and happy full-grown felines.

Taming the Kittens of a Feral Cat

Once the little ones of a feral cat are already in their natural weaning period, it’s time for you to spring into action. After all, it won’t take long before their mother leaves them to survive on their own. But just because the kittens are ready to turn their backs on breast milk and look for food doesn’t mean that they will surely live.

The good news is that socializing the kittens of a feral cat to turn them from uncontrollable to lovable isn’t that difficult. For the most part, it’s just like taming the youngsters of a stray or house cat.

Here are some of the steps you may take to tame a feral cat’s kittens…

  • Before anything else, be very patient. It’s true that some feral kittens can be tamed in two weeks. As a matter of fact, some may feel comfortable being handled by humans within just a day. However, some may take several months to become accustomed to their new life.
  • Take the kittens to the vet for a couple of reasons. First, it’s to have them neutered (if they are males) or spayed (if they are females). This can help reduce inappropriate behaviors in male cats and prevent heat cycles and the accompanying erratic behaviors in female cats. In animal shelters, neutering and spaying are commonly performed at eight weeks of age to sterilize the kittens before they get adopted. Second, it’s to get them vaccinated and dewormed, too, by the vet.
  • Place the kittens in a dog pen with proper ventilation. It’s a good idea to cover the dog pen, except for the front section, to make the kittens feel more safe and secure.
  • Litter boxes, toys, water, food — all of these essentials to make the little ones feel happy and at home should be provided. Make sure that they have clean water to drink at any given time. Provide them small meals six times a day, although some veterinarians prefer free-feeding, which means providing the feral kittens unlimited food on a 24/7 basis. At four months to six months of age, they can be tapered off to meal eating.
  • Wrap a towel around a kitten, leaving the head poking out. Place the kitten on your lap and gently stroke its head like you would the kitten of a house cat. You may talk to it softly and slowly to keep it from getting startled. Repeat these steps with each kitten as many times as you can in a day.

Again, be patient. By throwing a dash of persistence and consistency, it won’t take long before the kittens of a feral cat become some of the most loving furry pals on the face of the planet!

Just Before You Tame Feral Kittens

Refrain from adopting the kittens of a feral mother cat if they are too young. Otherwise, it’s very unlikely for them to survive. Wait until they are four weeks to eight weeks of age before you try to tame them. To be able to spring into action, you should keep an eye on the kittens as they’re growing up, as their mom may relocate them often.

Related Questions

Do feral cats abandon their kittens? If the kittens are sick, feral cats may abandon them. However, there are times that kittens may seem abandoned, but their feral mother cats simply died due to a sickness or being hit by a car. Orphaned kittens are more likely to survive than abandoned kittens as they are not sick.

Will feral cats reject kittens touched by humans? Feral mother cats will not reject and abandon their kittens if humans touch them. However, it is very much possible for them to relocate their little ones in order to keep the same thing from happening once again as humans are perceived by feral mother cats as threats.

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How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Monkey in the USA?

It is legal to keep a monkey as a pet in some states alright, but how much does it cost to adopt a monkey? On average, adopting a monkey can cost anywhere from as low as

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,000 to as high as ,000. The cost depends on factors such as the monkey’s breed, origin, rarity, gender, and age.

Having a monkey as a pet can be both exciting and rewarding. It can be stressful and challenging, too, since the needs of a monkey are entirely different from the needs of a dog, rabbit, goldfish, or any other common pet. It is legal to keep a monkey as a pet in some states alright, but how much does it cost to adopt a monkey?

On average, adopting a monkey can cost anywhere from as low as

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,000 to as high as ,000. The cost depends on factors such as the monkey’s breed, origin, rarity, gender, and age. Besides the animal’s sticker price, one will also have to spend money on food, enclosure, veterinary care and other essentials.

Welcoming a monkey into your home is nothing like turning a cat or an iguana into a member of your family. One of the first few big hurdles you will have to overcome is shelling out enough cash to buy a monkey.

Taking care of a monkey doesn’t come cheap. Just take a look at this table:

MONKEY BREEDPRICE RANGE
Capuchins,000 to ,000
Macaques,000 to ,000
Marmosets
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,500 to ,500
Pygmy marmosets
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,000 to ,000
Guenons,500 to ,000
Spider monkeys,000 to ,000
Squirrel monkeys,000 to ,000
Baboons,000 to ,500
Tamarins
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,500 to ,500
Costs of adopting monkeys for various species

The cost of taking care of a monkey doesn’t begin and end with getting your hands on one. Monkeys can live anywhere from five to 30 years.

Some of them can live for up to 50 long years! It’s because of this why you will have to keep on spending money for as long as the monkey is with you.

One of the primary expenses associated with adopting a monkey is providing it with an enclosure, which has to be at least 20 to 30 square feet in size. Even a tiny monkey, like a marmoset, will require a large enclosure.

Then there are also things such as supplies, special diets, trips to the vets and maintenance.

But before you worry about all these things, you will have to deal with one very important matter: determining whether or not it’s legal for you to buy and own a monkey. The goal should be to make a difference in the life of a monkey without you paying an exorbitant fine and ending up in jail.

And this takes us to this pressing question…

Can you buy a monkey in the US?

It is possible to buy a monkey in the US. Where it’s allowed, buying a monkey can be as easy as buying any other pet. However, not all states allow monkeys to be kept as pets. And even if a state allows owning a monkey, a local county or city may ban or prohibit the animal within its premises.

Provided that you have the money and the state you live in permits ownership of a monkey, getting your hands on a monkey and keeping it as a pet should be trouble-free.

But it doesn’t mean, however, that having one in your home will be easy. Most monkeys require constant care and attention.

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As a matter of fact, some monkey owners confirm that taking care of monkeys is like taking care of toddlers that never grow up. Needless to say, the challenge of adopting a monkey extends beyond costs and legality.

Speaking of which, let’s answer this critical question…

In what states is it legal to have a pet monkey?

It is legal to have a pet monkey in 17 states. They are Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Some states have a partial monkey ban only.

Licenses and permits are no longer needed when adopting a monkey in the states mentioned above. A monkey may be bought in some states, but you will have to get permits and comply with strict laws.

These states are:

  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Michigan
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota

The following are the states where owning a monkey is totally banned:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming

For states that were not mentioned, various local laws on keeping monkeys as pets apply.

Just because the state you live in completely or partially allows its residents to own monkeys doesn’t mean that you should buy any monkey that you can find or afford. Not all monkeys make for excellent pets.

Read on to know which species of monkeys are commonly kept as pets by exotic animal lovers.

9 Best Monkey Species for Pets

There are approximately 260 species of monkeys on the planet.

Around 138 of them are Old World monkeys, which are native to Asia and Africa, although fossil records show that they used to be present in Europe, too. On the other hand, around 122 species are New World monkeys, which are native to the Americas.

However, only a handful of monkeys can be bought and turned into pets.

If you are planning to keep a monkey as a pet, there is no need to check out every single one of the nearly 300 species of monkeys around, which makes the selection process so much easier.

The following are some of the best monkeys for pets:

Capuchins

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Also known as ring-tail monkeys, capuchins are intelligent monkeys. They can be energetic, too, forcing their owners to embrace a more active lifestyle to provide their furry fellows with enough stimulation.

Baby capuchins are very adorable and portable creatures, just like human babies. It can also be easy to take care of them.

For instance, they don’t mind wearing diapers. Adult capuchins, on the other hand, hate wearing diapers. And when they are bored or annoyed, they might start hurling their poop at people.

It can be extremely challenging to keep adult capuchins indoors, mainly because of their high energy levels. Because of this, having an outdoor enclosure that mimics their natural habitat and with a heated cage is highly recommended.

Here are some fast capuchin facts:

  • They can cost anywhere from ,000 to ,000.
  • They are 12 to 22 inches long.
  • They weigh three to nine pounds only because of their small size.
  • They can live for 15 to 25 years, though some in captivity can live up to 50 years.
  • They are named after tiny Spanish Capuchin monks wearing dark-brown robes.
  • They are considered the most intelligent of all New World monkeys.
  • They have a varied diet, ranging from nectar to small birds — some eat shellfish, too.

Macaques

There are over 22 macaque species. Two of the most commonly used for testing and researching are the rhesus macaque and cynomolgus macaque. They are also the ones that are usually kept as pets.

It’s true that macaques are not very big monkeys.

Despite this, they can be very strong. This means that you should work out and build some muscles if you plan to keep a macaque as a pet — or you can get your daily dose of exercise when you already own one because of all the lifting, carrying, and running after.

One of the nicest things about macaques is that they can be accustomed to interacting with humans and are very friendly.

However, when threatened or harmed, macaques can easily go from approachable to aggressive.

Here are some fast macaque facts:

  • They can cost anywhere from ,000 to ,000 — females cost more than males.
  • They are 16 to 28 inches long.
  • They weigh seven pounds to 20 pounds, depending on the species.
  • They can live for less than 15 years in the wild and up to 40 years in captivity.
  • They are good swimmers — the majority of monkeys cannot swim.
  • They have pouches in their cheeks in which they can store extra food.
  • They can live in more climates and habitats than other primates, except humans.

Marmosets

If you want a pet monkey that you can easily take anywhere, look no further than a marmoset. That’s because marmosets are considered the smallest monkeys around. What’s more, they tip the scale at less than a pound!

Many people who would like to adopt monkeys opt for marmosets because they are social animals.

But it’s of utmost importance to give marmosets plenty of time and attention. Otherwise, if they feel that they are neglected, marmosets will throw a tantrum and vocalize and scream.

Although highly intelligent, marmosets can get bored rather easily. They also like to mark their territory with their scent, which is why they should be kept where there’s proper ventilation.

Here are some fast marmoset facts:

  • They can cost anywhere from
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    ,500 to ,500 only.
  • They are 18.5 to 21 inches long.
  • They weigh around half a pound.
  • They can live for five to seven years only — some live for a maximum of 16 years.
  • They have very long tails, about twice the length of their bodies.
  • They are the smallest and most primitive of all monkey species.
  • They have hands and feet that resemble those of squirrels — they can behave like squirrels, too.

Pygmy marmosets

One of the reasons why marmosets are commonly kept as pets is that they are small. As a matter of fact, as mentioned earlier, they are the smallest species of monkeys known to man.

However, there are even smaller marmosets: pygmy marmosets. But just because they are smaller than marmosets doesn’t mean right away that they are easier to take care of.

For instance, young ones require feeding every two hours or so. Failure to provide them with plenty of love and attention can cause them to attack their owners.

While cute and trouble-free to keep indoors, pygmy marmosets can be hard to acquire. This is why many who would like to take care of monkeys opt for other species instead.

Here are some fast pygmy marmoset facts:

  • They can cost anywhere from
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    ,000 to ,000.
  • They are five to six inches long only.
  • They weigh only three and a half ounces (100 grams).
  • They can live for 11 to 12 years — in captivity, they can live for up to 18 years.
  • They are so small that they can fit into a human palm without trouble.
  • They are smaller than a human thumb as infants.
  • They possess enough differences to be considered separate from the marmoset family of monkeys.

Guenons

Also called Wolf’s mona monkeys or Wolf’s guenon monkeys, guenons are some of the most colorful and graceful Old World monkeys. It’s because of this why many monkey lovers are attracted to them.

It’s true that guenons are social animals, which means that they make for some wonderful pets.

However, it’s a good idea for any guenon owners to have at least two guenons. This is to allow them to be able to socialize with their own kind. Young guenons are especially gentle and trusting, although they can be hostile when grown and mistreated.

Guenons love to run, jump, climb and play a lot. Because of this, they should be kept in an enclosure large enough to accommodate their being highly active. The enclosure should also mirror their natural habitat.

Here are some fast guenon facts:

  • They can cost anywhere from ,500 to ,000.
  • They are 44.5 to 52 inches long.
  • They weigh five pounds to nine pounds, depending on age and gender.
  • They can live for 20 to 25 years.
  • They have very long tails — the average length of their tails is 31 inches.
  • They have blue scrotums.
  • They come in almost two dozen species — the most popular pet species are grivet, vervet and green monkey.

Spider monkeys

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They are called spider monkeys because of their long and skinny limbs. Having long arms and legs is a telltale sign that they love climbing and swinging from tree to tree, which is why they need to have a large outdoor enclosure.

Speaking of which, spider monkeys prefer a tall enclosure to a wide one. It’s because, in the wild, they rarely come to the ground — providing them with plenty of horizontal space is pretty much pointless. Up to 90% of their diet consists of fruits and seeds.

However, they will also eat leaves, flowers, honey and even decaying wood.

If you plan to keep a spider monkey as a pet, make sure that you can devote plenty of your time to it. That’s because it can turn aggressive if it feels like it’s not getting enough of its owner’s attention.

Here are some fast spider monkey facts:

  • They can cost anywhere from ,000 to ,000.
  • They are up to two feet long — they are some of the largest New World monkeys.
  • They weigh 20 pounds to 24 pounds.
  • They can live for 20 to 25 years in the wild — up to 35 years in captivity.
  • They are the third smartest non-human primates on the planet, according to a study.
  • They poop after waking up and before going to bed.
  • They have prehensile tails that they can use for gripping as they swing from branch to branch.

Squirrel monkeys

They live in trees and spend most of their waking hours hopping from one tree branch to the other — this is why squirrel monkeys are called that way.

Of all the various monkey species that can be kept as pets, squirrel monkeys are some of the easiest to take care of.

That’s because they are diurnal creatures, which means that they sleep at night and are active during the day. Also helping to make them excellent pets is the fact that they are small and lightweight.

However, there is something that anyone who is thinking about adopting squirrel monkeys should know: these furry fellows are fond of spreading their pee on their hands and feet to mark their path when moving from point A to point B.

Here are some fast squirrel monkey facts:

  • They cost anywhere from ,000 to ,000.
  • They are 24 to 31 inches long.
  • They weigh one pound to two and a half pounds.
  • They can live for 15 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.
  • They are smart — of all monkeys, they have the largest brain to body mass ratio.
  • They have long tails that they cannot use for grasping, although they can use them to balance.
  • They are highly vocal animals — they have 23 to 30 different types of calls.

Baboons

Many exotic pet owners prefer baboons over other monkey species. One of the reasons for this is that they are the subjects of mythology, religion and folklore where they are native to.

Baboons are sociable creatures, and they exhibit a number of behavioral traits similar to humans. As a matter of fact, they love following a daily routine.

Baboons can also get along with dogs — they will play with them and even groom them! It’s due to this why baboons make for some wonderful pet monkeys.

The problem with baboons is that they can be very noisy. And when agitated, they will use intimidating vocalizations and pair them with scary gestures, too, although they will do it to avoid confrontations.

Here are some fast baboon facts:

  • They cost anywhere from ,000 to ,500.
  • They are 36 to 65 inches long.
  • They weigh 33 pounds to 82 pounds.
  • They can live for 20 to 30 years — as long as 45 years in captivity.
  • They are primarily vegetarians, although they will also eat insects, small mammals and even fish.
  • They are the largest of the monkey species — males are up to two times larger than females.

Tamarins

When trained and socialized very well, tamarins can be affectionate and friendly pets. However, it’s a must to give them plenty of attention. Otherwise, they will do anything necessary to make heads turn toward them.

Tamarins are known to get bored quickly, including when it comes to their diet. It’s because of this why it’s a good idea to rotate their diet to keep them eating well and staying healthy.

Luckily, tamarins are omnivores. They will eat anything from nectar, leaves, fruits, nuts, sweet potatoes, carrots, crickets, mealworms to hard-boiled eggs.

One of the nicest things about tamarins is that they can be trained to poop in a given area. This means that, should you decide to keep one as a pet, there is no need to worry about your home ending up smelly and messy.

Here are some fast tamarin facts:

  • They cost anywhere from
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    ,500 to ,500.
  • They are 22 to 44 inches long.
  • They weigh four pounds to 15 pounds.
  • They can live for eight to 15 years — up to 18 years if kept in captivity.
  • They have tails that are longer than their bodies.
  • They usually give birth to twins, and the family members help to raise them.
  • They are diurnal animals — like humans, they are active chiefly in the daytime.

Just Before You Adopt a Monkey

Having a monkey as a pet is nothing like taking care of a dog, cat, goldfish, parrot or any other common type of pet. The main difference lies in the cost of the animal and also the expenses associated with keeping it.

What’s more, it’s only in a few states (17 of them, as of 2012) where it’s legal to own a monkey — the rest of the states either partially or completely ban ownership of a monkey. So, before you try to order a monkey from a breeder, make sure that you won’t wind up in jail. It’s also important to carefully consider which monkey you will keep as a pet.

Above, we talked about some of the best monkeys for pets and the things that set them apart. Choose wisely (and make sure that your state allows keeping monkeys as pets), and you will not regret welcoming a monkey into your life.

Read Next: How to Take Care of Baby Squirrels

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