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How Your Lifestyle Can Affect Your Cat — 12 Comments

  1. The take back clause is common for rescues I know. It keeps a cat from being turned into a shelter. We’re in touch with her former mom and Shirley is still doing great.

    Yesterday Sheela allowed me to pick her up and carry her to the couch and hold her. Our little cat-dog Cujo has gone quite a ways in making friends with Sheela.

    I’ve never seen a cat as terrified as Sheela was that first day, except perhaps Furby after his last vet visit when he was sick and had to have the temp and worm check.

  2. I thought this was a great article that brings oup some interesting issues. Often siblings have opposing dynamics whereby one is shy and the other brave and outgoing. So its really nice to know that Sheela is doing pretty good all things considered and that she will soon be feeling just fine by the sounds of it. Sounds like everybody did the best they could for her and I don’t think anyone is to blame. Obviously the lady didn’t have the option of not bringing her daughter and kids and dogs to her home so given that then I guess things we taken care of with Sheela’s best interests in mind. I would say well done Elisa for having a ‘take back’ clause in your adoption contract and for doing a great job of reintroducing her back including going through old photos to see who she spent a lot of time with before and so on. Sheela is a lucky cat who will always be looked after is what we can see here. Good for her.

    • I agree, I think the “take back clause” is fantastic. It is certainly very orientated around cat welfare. This was a difficult situation. It is shame that the new owner took in her daughter and pets. To be honest this was likely to cause problems with thee existing cats. However, I agree that there was probably no option. I do feel though that cat owners should be very focused on how their actions affect their cat. Sometimes the reliable and undemanding cat (unless the cat is Siamese) is overlooked.

  3. Hi Elisa,

    Splitting up siblings is upsetting for them. It saddens me but I’ve done it when I’ve adopted out some of my foster cats. I sure try not to. I try to at adopt them at in twos or threes, but it doesn’t happen that way every time.

    It sounds like the dogs and children terrified Sheela. Not a big surprise there. Dogs often chase cats until a cat runs under the bed and then the dog stays there and scares them some more. Children are sometimes rough in handling cats and can be too loud and busy-bodied around the cats.

    Sounds like Sheela got a double dose of freak-me-out-to-the-max while she was at that house.

    The earlier hissing is a sure sign that she was really shaken. She wanted you to pet her but she was afraid to let a person or animal get physically close to her. Not wanting to eat is another sign that she was terrified.

    Sheela has been shaken up for a while – even since you’ve brought her back, but at least she is finally calming down. Glad she is calmer and is eating again. I think she’ll be alright fairly soon by the sound of it.

    Best of luck to you and Sheela,

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

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