Strictly speaking, the words “stray” and “feral” have different meanings. A stray cat, while currently homeless, has at some point lived with people, has gotten lost or was abandoned, and can probably happily adapt to having people in its life. Especially if the cat hasn’t been out on the street for too long, it can be approached and handled without much difficulty.
“Never simply leave food out for free-rooming cats,” Dr. McCobb says. “If you are feeding an outdoor cat, it likely needs additional care, including a wellness exam.” Just making sure the cat is not hungry isn’t enough.