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Chavvy Cat Foster Carer Claims Cat has a Severe Personality Disorder but Does He? — 7 Comments

  1. What a cute guy Bradley is!! I am partial to orange cats! No personality disorder!! Just a mismatch!! For whatever reason, the rescue did not match the foster to the cat. That’s quite important if you want to happy cat to adopt out to the family. Being the rescue myself I would never adopt a cat out to a family where the fit was not almost perfect. I would never do the same in a foster situation. That said, rescues are often desperate for fosters and I imagine that’s what happened here. Someone did not do their due diligence. And the ultimate mistake wasn’t blaming the cat instead of the human error. Anyway, Bradley was returned. And hopefully it was ASAP. I just hope no one continues to blame the cat and that there is a happy outcome for him!! I love you Bradley! You are a good boy!

    • Oops, my bad… did not correct my voice-to-text typos well!! I’ll leave the unimportant ones but correct: …mistake was in blaming the cat….

  2. I think you all have some logical advice and discerning analogies about Bradley’s situation within this family A new owner should have been more interested in learning everything they could find out , past history and any health issues before agreeing to take in a new pet. It is clear he was thrown into an environment and expected to blend in without any regard for his personal well being. Most rescue animals need a patient and caring individual who will earn the cats trust and respect their character traits, likes/dislikes and personal limitations. We as humans assume that this type of acceptance should come automatically, without question?
    Bradley seems sweet and innocent from my viewpoint. He does not trust people for a good reason.
    Remember_he opened that door to escape and although he is an exceptionally smart cat, he cannot be asked to give something he never had for himself. _Love_Respect_Trust_Tolerance_Security_Loyalty_Patience_Tenderness_ etc…


  3. I agree. I don’t think any cat likes being locked up in a room, in fact my previous cat didn’t like closed doors inside my home, even if she wasn’t locked up. If the basement door was closed, she’d meow until I open. Then she didn’t bother going in. Eventually, she learned to open doors by putting her paws under it and pulling.

    Neither my previous cat nor my current two like being picked up. They’d just meow (or rather scream) until I let them down. My previous cat scratched me when she was young, my current ones are sweethearts. Only one of the three is a lap cat. Actually people who are complaining that their cat isn’t a lap cat don’t understand that lap cats sit on your laps when they want to not when you want them to. When they want to is usually 3 minutes before you want to go to eat or to the bathroom or when you are in the middle of something.

    When my previous cat was young the amount of petting she tolerated was very limited. She mellowed down a lot as she got older. Sometimes their skin is just sensitive or there is static or something. The trick is to read the signs and stop before they get annoyed. Masha used to give many signs she’s had enough. Later I trained her to meow instead of scratch me if I missed her signs – I did it by not stopping petting right away if she scratched me, but stopping immediately if she meowed. Otherwise, they get a message that scratching stops unwanted behavior and it reinforces the impulse to scratch.

    About this lady’s fingernails. I wonder if to a cat they look like extended claws and very large claws at that. So when she tries to pet a cat, it might look to the cat like she is making a movement to attack.

    I have to say that occasionally cats do have mental issues e.g. feline hyperesthesia or a brain tumor.

    • Thanks for a excellent comment Kitty. I like the thought about her nails being potential problem for Bradley. I agree that sometimes cats can have personality problems but the more obvious cause in this instance is the cat’s character combined with the environment in which he lives.

  4. Yes, I agree micheal. Sometimes cats just want to be left alone.
    I never pet (stroke) a cat that doesn’t want to be touched. That’s something I’m able to sense almost instantly. I like to respect my cats likes and dis-likes.And not to mention those nails ! Yikes ! Also, I would imagine Bradley doesn’t live in a quiet and calm household.
    I would like to say how I really feel about that, but I don’t want to insult anybody with children.
    If I was Bradley, I wouldn’t be to happy either.

    • Pleased you have similar thoughts to me, Kevin. My impression (which I rely on) is that the foster carer was just unsuitable and Bradley is a bit difficult but does not have a personality disorder. I deliberately chose a slightly provocative title. I have to really.

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