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.

Avalon was returned to the shelter for “jumping on things”
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Avalon was adopted from Davidson 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.

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.

Elisa

 

 

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

  1. 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.

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    • 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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