Friday, January 20, 2012

An Update on The First Family

Deb wrote: To make sure that the kittens were social, I made sure they were played with and handled every day.

The kittens in Deb and Lakota's care grew up quickly and were all named Native American tribal names like their mom. They all were spayed/neutered, micro chipped, vaccinated and adopted in to new homes.

About Lakota though, Deb said, "Because Lakota never received one-on-one human contact growing up in the hoarder's house though, she was not interested in being petted or handled by anyone. As much as I tried to work with her, she barely tolerated me when I cleaned her crate and bedding every day.

What do you do with a mom cat that doesn’t want to have human contact yet isn’t feral? There is not an oasis on some farm for cats like her. I really grappled with that decision and finally came to the only compassionate conclusion that I could live with – to allow her to live out her life, on her terms, in my home.

Again, Deb proves herself to be a wonderful person. This decision of hers is not one made lightly. Deb knows that this will at times be very difficult for both she and Lakota. For example, if Lakota gets sick or needs veterinary care, it’s not going to be easy to handle her.

Deb: "People who are hoarders think they are doing the animals a favor by keeping them, but the animals are usually unsocial, sickly and breeding goes unchecked. We can fix sickly and we can spay & neuter, them but it’s much harder to fix an unfriendly adult. Because of that unsocial behavior, rescues and shelters aren’t able to re-home them successfully without putting a lot of work into these cats.

In the end, the hoarders didn’t do the animals any service by keeping them; in fact, the reality is just the opposite. But for Lakota and her kittens, it will at least be a happy ending.

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