Guest Blog Post: “3 Quick Tips on How to Tame a Semi-Feral Cat,” in Shadow’s exact words

Another first here at da-Al’s blog! This guest post is by a cat …

Shadow the PR cat
Shadow the PR cat.

Did you know that many of the homeless cats we call “strays” are actually feral or semi-feral cats? Because of their wild nature and fear of humans, these cats are rarely adopted and often euthanized.

When Alexis Chateau PR adopted me on December 13, 2016, I was a semi-feral cat. Here’s how our Managing Director, Alexis Chateau, helped me come around.


When confined to a home or shelter, a semi-feral cat will not know how to find food, since he can no longer hunt. Use this to nurture a positive association between your presence and food. Keep in mind that a feral or semi-feral cat does not like to eat while you’re watching. Give us some space.

Shadow at first
Me on December 15, 2016. Still Semi-Feral, and cowering on the towel rack in the bathroom. This was my “you better not try to touch me, woman!” face. >_<


Is your cat susceptible to catnip? If so, then taming them just became a lot easier. Catnip may either make your cat slow and lazy, or bold and active. Successfully catnipped kitties may show reduced levels of fear, and may be more open to playing with you. The more you play with a cat, the greater the bond you form.

Shadow relaxing
Me on January 3, 2017 – The first time I initiated contact and jumped up into her lap. I’ve been doing this every day, since. 🙂


Alexis Chateau was able to tame me in just three weeks. However, most feral and semi-feral cats may take up to six months or more, to bond with their Hoomanz.  Because of this, patience is important. Forcing a cat to bond with you by cornering him or through unwanted petting will only lead to hissing, biting, and scratching. Let us come to you.

With patience, positive associations, and a few pinches of catnip, I learned to accept and love my Hoomanz. If you follow these tips, your semi-feral may grow to love you, too. Don’t give up.

About Shadow the PR Cat

Shadow the PR Cat is the Goodwill Ambassador at Alexis Chateau PR. His job includes tweeting, purring, taking selfies, rolling in catnip, and advocating for animal rights. Follow his kitty adventures on Twitter at @ShadowThePRCat.