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Imagine yourself as a shelter cat for just a few minutes.
You've lived a good life with your family for years and then the next day, you're being carted off to some strange place in a crate. And worst of all - your family just leaves you there.
Days, weeks, even months go by and you still don't know what's going on. You're kept in a cage and have all the essentials that you need, but you're still scared and want to go home. Strange people that you don't know come to look in your cage, but you hiss at them because you're frightened.
The people who feed you start talking about how they think you'll never go home because you aren't friendly. All you really want is for someone to get you out of this scary place.
I adopted my cat a few months ago from a family member. I am glad that she did not have to go through the shelter system, because I have a feeling that she would not have done well in that setting.
For the first few days that she came to my home, Callie was scared and didn't know what was going on. She hissed at us and hid behind the couch. It only took her a short time to adjust to living in her new home. Some cats take longer to adjust, but it's about having patience and giving them the space that they need.
I once helped my father adopt a cat. He needed a mouser for his barn and our local shelter had a feral barn cat program. It took the shelter staff close to 30 minutes just to put her in a carrier for me to take home to my dad. She was really wild. And she had apparently been that way since she arrived at the shelter more than a month earlier.
It took several months, but in the end she became a friendly and lovable cat. She no longer hid from us, and came out for attention. She'd even plop over for us to rub her belly.
All she needed was patience, someone she could trust, and a little bit of love. And the same is true for so many other "scared" shelter cats and kittens.
I am not saying that this type of cat is a good adoption choice for everyone, but I don't think they should be overlooked as often as they are. Given a chance, the scared shelter cat can make a wonderful family pet. All they need is a chance.
Being in a stressful situation can certainly take its toll on a cat's health. That's why it's important they eat healthy food during their stay at the shelter and that's where Hill’s® Food, Shelter & Love® Program comes in.
For adult cats, Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Optimal Care® Original cat food provides precisely balanced, easy-to-digest nutrition.
The goal of the Hill’s® Food, Shelter & Love® Program is simple: to provide dogs and cats with superior nutrition that will make them healthier, happier and more adoptable as they wait for their forever home. Since 2002, the Hill’s® Food, Shelter & Love® program has donated over $280 million worth of Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1,000 animal shelters, helping over 8 million pets find a new home…and counting. Healthy pets are more adoptable pets and all pets deserve proper, balanced nutrition.
The ultimate goal of the program is to help pets find their forever homes. Hill's believes that when you adopt, you provide a shelter pet with another chance at finding love.
You can use the Hill's Find a Shelter Tool to locate a Hill's Food, Shelter & Love partner in your area.