Hallie's New Life

In the beginning...

August 5th 2009 7:04 am
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Hallie was adopted on 5-20-09 after being dumped on 5 12 09 at Humane society, 11 years old, stated reason was simply that her owner didn't want her anymore.

I had gone to the Humane Society to look at another cat I'd heard about and I was walking around their cattery just to see all the cats that were there, when I first noticed Hallie in the back of her cage trying to hide under her bed.
I have always paid particular attention to the older cats in shelters because they have so much more difficulty getting adopted than kittens and young cats have. To me, its a vicious tragedy when someone dumps an old cat they have had for many years, in a shelter. Thus it was that Hallie caught my eye.
Instantly I had a very strong intuitive feeling that I needed to adopt Hallie and get her out of the shelter. I felt so strongly that if I didn't take her, Hallie would never get adopted. She was nasty, growling and hissing and striking out with her (declawed) front paws at anyone who got too close to her. She also spontaneously urinated whenever someone tried to touch her.
Having bred and showed a variety of breeds of cats in the past, having shown HHP, having been a cat show judge & 4-H judge, having managed catteries for breeders when they were at shows or on vacations, I wasn't intimidated by Hallie's show of fear aggression.

When I filled out the form to adopt Hallie, one of the shelter workers "helpfully" informed me that Hallie "submissive wet like a dog does" with fear when you touched her. Since cats do not submissive urinate as dogs do, I disregarded the comment. I assumed the wetting was due to extreme fear.

Upon arriving home, I put Hallie into a large cage that was mostly darkened by a blanket covering the top and sides. I've found through experience that giving a scared cat a cge where they can hide and feel safe and watch the world through the open front of the cage, is the best way to calm & start socializing a scared or feral cat.

However, it quickly became apparent that much more was wrong with Hallie than fear. She could not stand up or walk. Thus, I moved Hallie to the bathroom, set up a thick towel on the floor for her to lay on, and gave her a very low-sided litterpan so she could easily crawl into it.

It also became very obvious that most of Hallie's aggressive behavior was PAIN & fear induced. I found out Hallie enjoyed having her head and ears scratched but was terrified of having her body touched. Between Hallie's inability to walk, her spontaneous urination when she became fearful that her body might be touched, and her overall fear-aggressive behavior, I suspected that she had a broken pelvis and had been dumped because of the injury.

 
 

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