I was talking to a few of the other shelter volunteers today, and everybody's really uncertain about what to do with one of the cats there. She's probably around 3 to 5. She was trapped a little over a year ago, and we've had absolutely no luck getting her used to humans. If she hears a person coming, she runs and hides. Nobody can touch her unless she's heavily sedated. She's been checked thoroughly for health problems (none), and has been given homeopathic remedies in her food to try to still her anxiety. Sedating her involves moving all of the other cats out of the room she's hiding in, and putting the stuff in her food. She appears to get on well with the other cats in the shelter (no kill, no cages), and the big question is: Should we try to find a home for her with people who live on a quiet street so that she can go outdoors, and who don't mind giving her food and a warm place to sleep, and won't expect her to ever accept them? Or keep her in the shelter? TNR can't be practiced in this town, thanks to idiots who like to use cats for target practice. The shelter specializes in ferals, but there really has never been one like this cat, because eventually they seem to at least tolerate human contact. I call her the "invisible cat", because I've only managed to see her by looking in through a window. Some are leaning towards keeping her at the shelter permanently, because they're afraid she won't become acclimated to a new home, and will end up starving on the streets, or shot, after taking off. Others, including me, are wondering if a quiet, one-to-two-person household with a few resident indoor cats wouldn't be better. That would be like her current situation in the shelter, but with fewer humans to deal with. Any input would be appreciated.
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2/18/05 at 3:11pm