Cat Relinquishment Because of Flatulence!

Lenny rescue cat with flatulence

Lenny — Photo by Scott Norris, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle.

Would you think it was possible to relinquish a cat that you had adopted two days earlier from a rescue center because he produced too much gas! You wouldn’t think it was possible would you, really? All you have to do is make some alterations to his diet. Try a different diet. See what happens. But it seems that the people who adopted Lenny from Scottsville Veterinary Hospital and Pet Adoptions couldn’t be bothered to try anything.

Perhaps Lenny was anxious, upset because he was in a new place. That is the normal reaction of a cat and indeed a person who lives in a brand-new place. It takes a while to settle in. Perhaps his food changed. Two very relevant alterations to his life which could quite easily result in flatulence.

I don’t want to be too harsh on the people who adopted him from the shelter because what they did was obviously a good thing but they could have tried a bit harder. If they were unsure they could have telephoned the shelter and asked some questions.

It may be one of the first and only times a rescue cat has been adopted and then returned two days later because of flatulence. Or have I misjudged that? It shines a light on people far more than it does on the health of cats.

As soon as Lenny was back in the shelter he stopped being gassy. That sums it up for me. It is quite a funny little story in some ways and you could make a fun story out of it but it is hard to ignore the serious side of it as well. Arguably, you have to come to the conclusion that quite a few people who adopt cats from shelters are not the right sort of people.

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Cat Relinquishment Because of Flatulence! — 10 Comments

  1. That’s actually a very sad story because surely every time a cat is temporarily adopted and then returned a few days later it adds to the trauma that the cat is suffering by being homeless, perhaps Lenny was nervous, we know ourselves our stomachs clench up when we’re stressed, this on top of strange food as you mention Michael could easily have upset his stomach. What a pair of wet blankets whoever adopted him so fleetingly was, don’t they ever get gassy themselves, are they so clean and sterile that they never break wind? This is disgusting really, these lightweights have done more harm than good and I hope they weren’t allowed to take another cat home instead of Lenny.

  2. I think Lenny is lucky he had gas. It means he will get another familly. He saved himself from a familly that wouldn’t know how to care for him.

  3. Poor Lenny, I hope those people are never allowed to adopt another cat.
    The irony is that his gas was probably caused by being fed with good food after eating cheaper less nutritious food at the Shelter because I don’t see how Shelters can afford to feed cats on the best food available. A cat rescued here had been living rough and on a bad diet, good cat food made him gassy until his digestive system adjusted.

  4. How generous of these people to have given Lenny TWO whole days to adjust!!!
    Flatulence is a “stinky” excuse to relinquish a cat. Just when we think we’e heard it all…
    I agree with everyone. Lenny should be in a different home with kind, cat wise folks and let these people continue with their impossible search for the perfect cat. They’ll find one in toy stores in various colors.

  5. Bet it was the food they were feeding plus the anxiety of a new residence.

    If they really wanted to adopt a kitty and loved cats, they would have done a lot more research into what was causing the problem and given the cat time to adjust. This is just very inconsiderate and selfish behavior on their part.. sorry to say.

    • I have a feeling that this story is somewhat of a reflection of the instant world we live in. If things do not work out quickly then dump it or change it. I do not think a lot of thought went into this adoption.

  6. I had a spiritual teacher a long time ago who always said that we live in an “Add water and stir Society”

    Ain’t that the truth?

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