Adopted cat returned to shelter after three months because she “jumped on things”

This is the story of Avalon, and thankfully it has a happy ending. Avalon was adopted over the weekend. A lot of cats aren’t so fortunate once they end up back at the shelter.

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Avalon was returned to the shelter for “jumping on things”

Avalon was adopted from┬áDavidson County Animal Shelter in Lexington, North Carolina around three months ago. The family brought her back last week because….wait for it…she jumped on things! How can a family adopting a cat not KNOW cats jump on things? For the record, a cat will also push your precious collectibles from a shelf just to watch them fall and break. It’s what cats do. If you don’t have the good sense to put away your cherished china, porcelain, and glassware where the cats can’t have-at it, then you don’t need a cat.

I’ve seen a lot of really stupid reasons for cats ending up back at the shelter, but this one tops them all. I hope the shelter banned them from ever adopting another cat. They’d probably bring a dog back just as easily the first time it missed the puppy pad. So I don’t think it’s just a cat issue.

Some people should just have “stupid” tattooed on their forehead.

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I do have a question for those who follow shelter cats. What is the most insane reason you’ve seen posted for a cat being returned by an adopter? I’d really like to know.




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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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19 Responses

  1. Dee (Florida) says:

    Well, I’m not the only one who walks around, sometimes, with my mouth open and my mind confused after being told by folks why they relinquished their cat. I’m equally dumbfounded by people who tell me that they punish their cats. One of my neighbors tossed an 8 month indoor kitten outside for defecating outside the box “because he needed to learn a lesson”. They didn’t attempt (and really didn’t know of) any interventions. Now, poor little Ricky is out of sight and out of mind. Guess who his caretaker has become now? I don’t even know how to talk with people like that.
    I wish prospective adopters were better screened and scrutinized as to what their expectations are for any cat.
    No cat should ever have to suffer or be homeless just for being a cat.

    • M E King says:

      My SIL does this on a regular basis. Cats and dogs they once tossed a hamster out the door. pet rabbits dumped from their cages and goats running loose because they don’t want to feed them. NM has a lawmaker tying to get a bill started that would make abandoning any animal a felony.
      One of the kits put a slit in a really expensive lampshade this week. Longsufferingsigh I turned it to the wall and will replace it when they’re older.

  2. kim says:

    We had a dog get adopted on a Saturday morning and returned on Monday because it followed the woman in the house when she left rooms. Stupid prople.

  3. Sadie Ann says:

    PEE-POLES MAKE MY BRAIN HURT! Obviously, they shouldn’t even reproduce because children have the EXACT same issues as pets! Only difference is children finally outgrow the need for diapers (litter boxes) and eventually use the toilet.

  4. R M says:

    Wow. Indeed Pam. You got it covered!

  5. Pam says:

    1. Ate my wife’s flowers
    2. Just had a baby (preggars when they adopted the cat)
    3. Cat jumps on things & when she jumps down she makes too much noise
    4. Cat runs thru apartment at 3 a.m. making noise disturbing the neighbors
    5. Cat box smells
    6. Too much responsibility
    7. Evicted so just left the cats behind with no food or water
    8. Cat needs to go to the Vet
    9. Moving & new place doesn’t allow pets
    10. New significant other is allergic
    11. Got a new dog. The dog doesn’t like the cat.
    12. And the worst one yet. My husband left me, just had twins & I can’t handle it all. After taking the cats find out the twins are 7.

  6. M E King says:

    I have no idea if it’s insane but my Little Mercy was returned at 4 months old because she was aggressive, anti social and bit. She is none of those things and my treasured little flower.

    • Michael Broad says:

      Thanks ME. Proves the point. Cat behavor problems are nearly always human behavior problems.

      • M E King says:

        Thank you. In this case I had the rare opportunity to speak to the animal warden and during the adoption process the woman at the next desk had done the actual intake. So everything was fresh in their minds. She was at the shelter less than 24 hours between being dumped by the original adopters and me taking her home. In over a year she had never once exhibited the behaviors listed in our home although she was slightly combative with the shelter worker who took her out of the cage.
        As to the OP cats not only jump on things they must jump on things.

    • Michael Broad says:

      She is a beauty. A fine tortie.

  7. Elisa Black-Taylor says:

    I’ve also seen “too affectionate”

  8. Gina Stanley says:

    I don’t even know what to say. I do applaud you Elisa for bringing this to light. Ownwers like this need to stick with beanie babies of every species. Never a pet. It just enraged me. How STUPID

  9. R M says:

    What about fur on the furniture and your clothes??? Often cited reason.

    That’s why I like cats better than people…when treated right and understood, they can, on their terms, give you more unconditional love than fickle humans.

    And think of it.,.do you ALWAYS come right away when your boss calls?

    • Michael Broad says:

      Yes, I prefer the love of animals to the love of people. Animal love is more reliable, consistent and enduring.

  10. Albert Schepis says:

    Yes. Some people actually do need “Stupid” tattooed on their forehead, but there just aren’t enough parlors to do it. There’s too many out there. Even otherwise smart people and be completely mentally bankrupt when it comes to cats.

    • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

      Not just cats. Dogs too. Main return reason is “takes up too much time” or “not housebroken”

      • Michael Broad says:

        We need to vet people who want to adopt. I guess it is impossible to check them all to the point where rescues are certain they are suitable. But this person really was the wrong type to adopt a cat.

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