Classifying Domesticated vs Tame Cats

Many people classify cats interchangeably. The effect is they become too friendly to quite dangerous felines or become too distant to friendly kitties. So to help people understand the differences, we’ll be introducing the right terms to classify cats. In this way, cat lovers will learn to approach cats appropriately based on a cat’s state of living.

classifying domesticated vs tame cats

Domesticated Cats

It’s easy to identify domesticated cats. Simply look at your neighbors’ houses if there are any cats hanging out on their window sills; you just spotted a cat under the domesticated class. These cats are “pets,” “furry friends” or “fur babies” to humans that treat them as part of the family or household. They are tame cats used to living indoors and being around people.

Since domesticated cats live indoors, they are largely dependent on the people that arrange their food, shelter and litter. Most of these cats nowadays come from multiple generations of domesticated felines; if they have to live back in the wild or outdoors, their lives are in huge risk and danger. However, by animal instincts, these cats still do have a shot at surviving. If they can shake off their domestication, adapt to a free-roaming lifestyle, and get in touch with their instinctual state then they can be safe.

classifying domesticated vs tame cats

Tame Cats

Tamed cats are free-roaming felines but can also become domesticated cats. The significant difference with tamed cats and domesticated felines is mostly on where they live, which is outdoor and indoor respectively. You can classify a domesticated kitty as a tame animal but you cannot classify all tame cats as indoor or domesticated ones.

Tame cats are those that live close to human settlements or crowded areas. These cats tolerate people’s presence and most of them develop friendly relationships with humans. These felines have figured that people are a good source of food and even petting. Some of these cats do develop a certain extent of reliance on people; they know how to approach humans and beg for food. However, unlike domesticated cats that live indoors and have full protection, tame cats still have to fend for themselves. They survive with their instincts and are not completely dependent. Some tame cats can even turn aggressive so despite classifying them as “tamed,” it’s important for people not to get too chummy and approach carefully.

classifying domesticated vs tame cats

Domesticated vs Tame Cats: Approaching them

Domesticated cats rule over their limited territory. They are much easier to approach in terms of tolerance or friendliness with humans and it is much safer. Since most domesticated cats are vaccinated, certain medical issues like rabies can be avoided. And again, domesticated cats are also tamed cats but the latter is not equal to the first. Tamed cats, despite living outdoors, are also really friendly and can even approach humans more than indoor cats do. While they can be sweet and approachable, it’s safer for both parties not to get too close. For the human, avoid getting attacked and for the cat, not become too reliant and unable to survive on its own. So, unless you have a plan to adopt a certain outdoor tame cat, be smart and responsible when approaching one.

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