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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-03-08 08:35 PM
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A terrified cat at the shelter
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Edited on Fri Oct-03-08 08:36 PM by roody
where I volunteer stayed in my mind. She just sat in her cage with her big terrified eyes and did not move. She looks about 4 months old. So I decided to foster her long enough to help her to be adoptable. She has now been in my bedroom for 48 hours. I swear that she has not touched food or drink. She lets me pick her up from her hiding places, but she wants to get away. She goes limp when I pick her up. What can I do for her? I do gently force her to be in my arms for awhile, then I let her go. After a few moments in my arms, she begins to tremble. Help! Will she eat?
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  -A terrified cat at the shelter roody  Oct-03-08 08:35 PM   #0 
  - Leave her alone with food and water for now.  ocelot   Oct-03-08 08:44 PM   #1 
  - So she won't fast to death?  roody   Oct-03-08 08:48 PM   #2 
  - Nope. She'll eat. Maybe not right away, but she will get hungry.  ocelot   Oct-03-08 08:51 PM   #3 
  - Ditto. Great advice...You can just sit there with her for a few hours each  BrklynLiberal   Oct-03-08 11:27 PM   #4 
  - delete  BrklynLiberal   Oct-25-08 12:39 PM   #20 
  - Put a low radio on like NPR  demnan   Oct-04-08 06:55 PM   # 
  - Put a low radio on like NPR  demnan   Oct-04-08 06:55 PM   #5 
  - I'm going to try the stuffed animal thing.  roody   Oct-05-08 01:28 PM   #10 
     - This describes Feliway  demnan   Oct-06-08 02:38 PM   #16 
  - How's she doing?  ocelot   Oct-04-08 10:40 PM   #6 
  - Today, the third morning, she had used the litter  roody   Oct-04-08 11:55 PM   #7 
     - Oh poor little thing  48percenter   Oct-05-08 11:52 AM   #8 
        - Thank you. Her name is Charlene.  roody   Oct-05-08 01:25 PM   #9 
  - Thank you.  hamsterjill   Oct-05-08 04:39 PM   #11 
  - good for you, roody  spooky3   Oct-05-08 06:25 PM   #12 
  - that's what I was thinking too  48percenter   Oct-06-08 02:09 AM   #13 
  - Give her time  Lorien   Oct-06-08 02:11 AM   #14 
  - This may sound weird...  badgerpup   Oct-06-08 01:41 PM   #15 
  - good idea! And now I feel less crazy  spooky3   Oct-06-08 04:17 PM   #17 
  - Little Charlene goes to the shelter tomorrow to  roody   Oct-16-08 08:04 PM   #18 
  - I hope all goes well, Roody.  spooky3   Oct-26-08 12:14 PM   #21 
  - We adopted a very shy girl  susanwy   Oct-25-08 10:01 AM   #19 
  - How is she doing now?  Alameda   Nov-16-08 12:52 AM   #22 
  - Charlene has been back and forth 3 or 4 times now.  roody   Nov-16-08 07:54 PM   #23 
     - Is there any way NOT to take her back to the shelter?  ocelot   Nov-17-08 09:57 PM   #26 
        - Thanks for caring. How about if I promise to adopt her the first of  roody   Nov-17-08 11:02 PM   #27 
           - Great! I'm sure she'll relax once she's sure of having a real home.  ocelot   Nov-18-08 06:51 PM   #28 
              - I paid the $25 adoption fee on Nov. 19, before leaving  roody   Nov-27-08 01:19 PM   #30 
  - I had the same experience with a cautious Siamese kitten...  Butch350   Nov-17-08 12:30 PM   #24 
  - Did she ever let you pick her up?  roody   Nov-17-08 09:18 PM   #25 
  - The vet has medication for this anxiety. When we adopted a Rescue Dog  michaz   Nov-22-08 06:39 AM   #29 
 

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