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2021-06-10 3:33:02 AM  
A ten-year-old cat was turned in by her elderly owner to their vet for euthanasia because she had bitten her owner four different times, with each bite becoming infected. The cat is a beautiful solid gray long-hair who is totally healthy. The vet hated to euthanize a healthy cat, so she contacted my rescue organization to ask if we could take her.

I'm the person in the group with the most success in socializing feral cats, so I was asked to see what I could do with her. She would absolutely not tolerate being touched, but she didn't resort to trying to bite me. Instead, she would hiss, pull back, and swat the offending hand.

I have had this cat in my back room since November. She now chirps when I come into the room. She even boops noses with me. However, even after this long, she still does not tolerate being touched. If I try to rub her back, she pulls back and gives me a warning look, but she doesn't hiss or swat unless I persist in trying to touch her. This is all progress, but her behavior is just too ingrained due to her age.

I'm stuck. I can't bring myself to take her back to the vet for euthanasia, but she can't be adopted out due to her behavior. It looks like I now own a cat who can't be touched.
 
2021-06-10 4:19:01 AM  

NotCodger: A ten-year-old cat was turned in by her elderly owner to their vet for euthanasia because she had bitten her owner four different times, with each bite becoming infected. The cat is a beautiful solid gray long-hair who is totally healthy. The vet hated to euthanize a healthy cat, so she contacted my rescue organization to ask if we could take her.

I'm the person in the group with the most success in socializing feral cats, so I was asked to see what I could do with her. She would absolutely not tolerate being touched, but she didn't resort to trying to bite me. Instead, she would hiss, pull back, and swat the offending hand.

I have had this cat in my back room since November. She now chirps when I come into the room. She even boops noses with me. However, even after this long, she still does not tolerate being touched. If I try to rub her back, she pulls back and gives me a warning look, but she doesn't hiss or swat unless I persist in trying to touch her. This is all progress, but her behavior is just too ingrained due to her age.

I'm stuck. I can't bring myself to take her back to the vet for euthanasia, but she can't be adopted out due to her behavior. It looks like I now own a cat who can't be touched.


Wouldn't that be perfect for someone who's highly sensitive to stimuli?
 
2021-06-10 4:30:43 AM  
Yeah, this is a story of a famous dog
For the dog that chases its tail will be dizzy
These are clapping dogs, rhythmic dogs
Pandemic dogs, house dogs, street dogs
Dog of the world unite

/But Clinton!
 
2021-06-10 5:24:54 AM  
I adopted a second dog in March and returned her to the rescue because she wasn't happy and wasn't thriving here. Luckily she is happy back at the foster with women and kids.
 
2021-06-10 6:25:05 AM  
Let the comments of people who are sure they would have done better than her begin.
This IS the internet.
There can be no other end to this post.
 
2021-06-10 6:52:47 AM  
I was helping with my mom's rescue dog (daschund) when she was sick.  He was always lashing out. I thought I just couldn't handle him. My friend adopted him when my mom died. She was a dog person and did better with him but it turns out he had a brain tumor.  Between that and his age ( around 16) she put him down. Poor puppy.
I wonder if this dog, too, had a medical reason for her behavior?
 
2021-06-10 8:34:48 AM  
I'm torn between annoyed and relieved that subby didn't make the "ruff" pun.
 
2021-06-10 10:15:19 AM  
My family had to choose this for an American Bulldog. He repeatedly bit my father, and my family lived next to a family with a toddler at the time.

The interesting thing was that when the dog, Roy, did bite... it was like he had no idea what was going on. They seemed like genuine disassociation events.

The vet did a necropsy. Turned out, Roy had aggressive brain cancer.

/Roy was a good boy
 
2021-06-10 1:07:54 PM  
Honestly, these situations often feel like the fault of the shelter/rescue for misrepresenting a dog up for adoption. My neighbor has a problematic dog they adopted (dog #2)Fortunately, he is aggressive towards other dogs, not towards people. Mind you, they have kids and another dog when they adopted dog #2. This has led to a lot of training, putting the dog on meds, etc. So far they have not had to put the dog down, but I could imagine a dog that is aggressive towards people is a lot more difficult to deal with than one which is aggressive towards other dogs.
 
2021-06-10 3:25:07 PM  
As a dog lover I hated reading that. But I understand.
 
2021-06-10 3:53:38 PM  
When I was a teenager we had to put down our 2 year-old dog. She had gotten aggressive and was impossible to control. One time on a walk she attacked me and bit me about 50  times. I was a bloody mess by the time I got home.  I only needed a few stitches since most were puncture wounds.

Mom didn't want to, but Dad and I took her and had it done.  The world didn't need an aggressive St. Bernard. I and was not at all amenable to continuing to live with her in the house.

The vet theorized that it was a brain tumor since she had been a sweetie for a couple years and her behavior radically changed.
 
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