|As promised, here is the second in a series of posts on Feral cat behaviour. This topic is one I find very interesting, and one I have spend a good deal of time on: What does a normal feral do during the course of a general day? What are their sleep patterns, when do they play? Hunt? These and other questions can help us in understanding our Ferals and wild colonies, as knowing when our friends are active allows us to plan our support for them better. So with that, lets get on to it!|
This colony was a very long term colony that had been managed for over eleven years. The following descriptions are based upon observations and field notes gathered over a two year period. For the sake of this write up, we will assume a colony during late spring, twenty cats strong, with two females with kittens. This will allow me to go some into how the mother cats and kittens spend parts of their day, as well as other members of the colony. Please remember this is distilled from two years of observation, and is meant to be a gereral "guide" and not the account of a particular day, but rather a "general" day as distilled from the data.
First, we need to understand that the terms "morning" "noon" and "night" don't equate much to a cat's timeline, as these animals are primary night active. So as not to confuse us with "cat night time" vs "human night time" I will dispense with descriptive times, and go by a 24 hour clock. This, again, is based upon spring, as the different seasons change these times a bit to adjust to the light/dark cycle of the day.
|Please remember, that this is meant as a general guide to a colony's behaviour, and will not match any single cat or colony, rather it is a distilled description of many cats put together to understand their normal routine. Thank you...and I hope you find this of interest.|
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