The Human Factor When Working With Rescue Cats

About 10 days ago, a very hungry but very loving cat showed up.

This is clearly a cat who has had a home until recently. 

I gave a neighbor who has grown fond of him a large bag of dry food and she has been feeding him each day (outdoors).  It requires a steep security deposit to have a cat indoors here so she cannot adopt him herself.

I recently gave the very large (8 feet long) cage set-up that we had been using to care for rescue cats away to someone else in our rescue group due to the change in our circumstances.    We were using the cage to keep rescue cats separate from our own cats to protect them from our cats' Feline Leukemia.  Thus we have not tried to bring this cat indoors as it would be very difficult (because of our wheelchairs) to keep him in a separate room without our cats trying to get in or him get out as our wheelchairs go in and out of the room.

The neighbor called me tonight though to report that he is hanging out by her door and she is afraid one of her cat loathing neighbors will hurt him.   She doesn't want me to have him in here though as she is afraid that being in the same apartment with our FeLV positive cats, even kept in a separate room (which as already noted would be difficult for us), would give him FeLV.  She also doesn't want him taken to the vet as she said if he has had his shots already to be given them again will harm him.

I am trying to arrange for him to go on the next monthly transport to a no kill cat shelter as he is very loving and has an excellent chance of finding a home that way.  To qualify to go though, he has to have a clean bill of health from a vet, including being tested for FeLV and FIP and showing that he has had his shots.   She doesn't want him to go to the shelter or to the vet.   She also doesn't want me to put flea medicine on him even though he has been living outdoors, as she feels the flea medicine will harm him too.   She said she will agree to it only if she sees fleas on him.

She wants him to find a home locally but despite posts that I have done in all of the local groups, no one has expressed any interest in taking him. 

Far too often cats in this neighborhood just disappear, never to be seen again so staying outdoors is not a good option for him.  Especially since this cat who showed up as a total love bug a little over a week ago, is getting more and more skittish the longer he lives outdoors.  It is kitten season too, which means there is even more competition for the limited number of homes available now.

So what is this post about?

It is about the human side of working with rescue cats as sometimes that is the most difficult part of all.   When you have more than one person caring for a cat that is living outdoors and there is no meeting of the minds on what is best for the cat.   Since the cat has no actual owner, there is no one person who can make the decision.  In the meantime, the cat is still living outside and at risk.

Sometimes this is the hardest part of all when you work with rescue cats.

Loving cat needs a home
Newest stray cat having his dinner.  He is a very loving lap cat
but finding a home for him is proving very complex.

May 24, 2019 update.  I learned this morning someone who is moving into our apartment complex today might be interested in adopting this kitty.    I am thrilled with the news and waiting to hear more.

May 25, 2019 update.   She tried to introduce the cat to the new neighbor but others were there and the cat was too scared to let her bring him over to meet the neighbor.    The longer he is outside, the more frightened this cat who was so loving two weeks ago is getting.     She is going to try again today.   This is such a sad situation as this cat showed up as the most open and loving lap cat.

May 31, 2019 update.    The new neighbor has been very busy with his new job and has not had a chance to get to know the kitty yet so this adoption is still in pending status.

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