Two Saturdays ago my family went from Humane Society to Humane Society hunting for me a pet to keep me company here at the beach. I fianlly selected a black/white “tuxedo” kitten that we named Onyx. According to the Humane Society, Onyx was a 4-6 month old kitten, and I rapidly took to her. We paid for her shots and brought her home, and then I put her in the car to bring to Myrtle Beach (the work-week home away from home for now.)
I have 2 other cats in Rock Hill, and they were most unhappy with the addition. It didn’t matter though because Onyx would stay in Myrtle Beach for now. Since the adoption we received a letter in the mail from the Humane Society, and the paperwork revealed that Onyx, who is very small, is in reality 4 years old. She has been raised at the Humane Society where I got her. I tell this b/c the kitty (cat) is absolutely miserable. She hides 100% of the time. She has been hidden for a complete 15 hour span once. I’ve only seen her out and about by accident. If she realizes she has been seen, she cries, and runs. If I catch her she extends all her claws, and she trembles. I think I have TOTALLY disrupted and devastated this cat’s life!
At the YC Humane Society, I did think it odd that most of the cats were in cages, but three or four (including Onyx) were totally free to roam all over the office. Now I suspect these cats were safe to roam b/c the office was their home, the ONLY home they have ever known. All of them were probably raised as kittens there.
My husband is planning to take Onyx back this Friday. He said the whole reason we got her was to offer me companionship, and if all she does is cry, scratch, tremble, and hide, AND she is 4 yers old instead of 4 months old, she is totally set in her ways and probably very homesick. He has pretty much convinced me that it is cruel to keep her. The Humane Society does have a policy that will allow this.
I don’t know…I do have terrible pangs of guilt that she is so terribly afraid. SAD in Myrtle Beach. Sorry for the personal post. Not much to be professional about here.