The sign reads “Very sweet and cuddly, loves to be held close”
This is a very short post. It is an image post. I bumped into this picture while searching for something else. I thought it was poignant. It somehow sums up what is uncomfortable about cat rescue despite the excellent work and committed effort put in by many animal rescue employees.
Most cats find rescue centers stressful even the ones who aren’t cuddly and sweet. They all have emotions and feelings. The most common feeling for a rescue cat is probably anxiety because they are in a strange place with strange and sometimes loud noises. The whole rescue experience is bound to be stressful for cats who thrive on familiarity and routine.
The amount of space available for each cat is probably well under the ideal and the cages probably have nothing inside them to stimulate a cat. This is not a criticism of cat rescue. It is the way it has to be. The criticism is often with the former owner.
The cat is called “Natalia”. She is a DSH (domestic short hair – in other words a moggie) black and white. She is a bicolor cat and to me she is beautiful. I want to hold her close and cuddle her.