Can cats who are shy and fearful in the shelter still get adopted? Can cats who may never be well-suited for a home have happy outcomes, too? The answer is yes!
On November 14, 2013, Maddie's Fund® presented the webcast Helping Cats Who Hiss and Hide: Assessment, Behavior Modification and Re-Homing Strategies for Shy and Fearful Cats, with Dr. Sheila D'Arpino, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and Director of Maddie's® Animal Care Center. Dr. D'Arpino discussed the tools and techniques that can increase your lifesaving of cats, as well as ensure an outcome tailored for the well-being of that individual cat. Feline behavior while in a shelter is not always a good representation of that same cat's behavior in less stressful surroundings. Proper housing, handling, and, if needed, behavior modification can turn that hissing and hiding cat into a beloved family pet.
Those who registered for the live webcast were asked to fill out a quick online questionnaire about their own experiences with shy and fearful cats. The results of the survey are shared in this report.