Adopt a Bad Cat

This post is going to be a little different today. I was at PetSmart recently and passed the cats that are there for adoption. They have, I believe, eight small cages and one larger one. The small cages have a small door that connects to the cage next to it and it is up to the animal shelter that happens to have their cats at PetSmart weather or not to open or close the connecting doors. I hate seeing the cats in those small cages and I always look to see if the doors are open. If they are, at least the cats can socialize with their neighbor and I feel a little better about it.

I mention this because it was at a Petsmart in Myrtle Beach that I first met Chris. I was volunteering at a cat rescue organization called Sav-R-Cats at the time. My main job was to photograph the cats and put them on I also created their website and designed one of their brochures.

They rotated at Petsmart with two other organizations and were there for two weeks and then off for four, if memory serves me right. They had volunteers that would take care of cleaning and feeding the cats every morning and afternoon. I was not one of them but I did fill in as needed.

Cat at Myrtle Beach Petsmart

One of the cats at Myrtle Beach Petsmart

Our shelter did leave the small doors open and let the cats mingle, except for certain cases when they could not do that. That made it easier because when I cleaned the cages I would let the entire row out at once to play while I cleaned. One day I had a cat jump on my shoulders while I was cleaning the cages. That cat was, of course, Chris, and my world has never been the same.

More cats at Petsmart

Notice the open door.

When I saw those cats in their cages recently, I thought of Chris and tried to imagine him today in a small cage all day, every day. It seems like that kind of confinement would be devastating to a cat like Chris who loves the freedom to explore and even wants more freedom to explore outdoors. I then thought there must be many, many cats with similar personalities that are, right now, stuck in an eight cubic foot box.

I would like to ask everyone reading this to just consider adopting a homeless pet. It doesn’t matter if it a cat or a dog. They all deserve a good home and whether they are bad like Chris or well-behaved, chances are they will reward you in ways you can’t imagine.

If you can’t adopt a pet, another rewarding thing you can do is volunteer. There are so many pets in shelters and while they are there, most just don’t get the attention they deserve because of limited resources. By that I mean people.

Thanks for reading and I welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

2 thoughts on “Adopt a Bad Cat

  1. weggieboy

    All you have to do to know which cat to adopt is walk by their cages. Chris chose you.

    I had a similar experience with the late Louie the ginger kitty. When I passed his cage, he pranced proudly back and forth to get my attention, then stuck his paw out to greet me. It was instant bonding! He chose me. I loved his cattitude~!

    Another point I’d like to add is consider adopting an older cat, especially if you are inexperienced with kittens or young cats. Louie was estimated to be a five-year-old. He had good manners inside and out, except for an inclination to chase andor beat up any other cats he found in what he considered to be his territory. (Out of the territory, he’d touch noses with them….)

    He trained me to be a better cat person so I was more ready to take on the kitty boys (Andy and Dougy) as kittens. When he was at the shelter, it was still a kill shelter, and I feel terrible knowing that that wonderful kitty might have been killed had I not reacted to his extended paw.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I have a lot of respect for anybody who would adopt an older pet. Some people even adopt pets that are close to their final days just to give them a nice home during their final days on Earth.


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