Domestic cats are feline mammals that have been adopted by humans as pets for many thousands of years now. It is generally considered a fact that cats, as many other domesticated species, could not survive without humans. There are however some documented instances where feral cats have been discovered living in a pack, group or herd – this is known as a clowder.
There are certain common facts regarding the behaviour of feral cats towards humans. However these may vary in different groups of feral cats around the world. Veterinarians, researchers and animal protectionists do not seem to agree on them, as different behaviours have been observed. One of the common denominators in these groups, clowders or colonies is that feral cats generally avoid any contact with humans; apparently they seem to be scared of other species of animals, like humans and they seek to live in isolated places, hiding away in remote places. Usually these feral cats will run away and if they feel cornered, they may attack. However, if they are fed by humans on a regular basis, they may eventually come around to avoiding contact with humans and may become a bit more passive.
As mentioned before, these groups of feral cats live together in remote places that are isolated from other animals and they are sometimes referred to by researchers as colonies, who can not seem to agree on the social structure and organisation within them. It has been reported that there are different kinds of hierarchies within these colonies of feral cats. Some of these have been observed to be of the tyrannical or totalitarian order, while other colonies have been observed to be having a more linear fashion. Other colonies have been observed to have much more complex structures, where the social status of one individual cat can change.