Need to rehome a cat who bit once
May 13, 2012 11:24 AM Subscribe
Rescue cat dilemma: does the fact that this cat bit me mean that I won't be able to find a shelter for her?
posted by computech_apolloniajames to pets & animals (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last week, my co-workers found a small cat wandering the street outside the office. She was friendly and clean enough for us to assume she belonged to somebody, so we posted signs and kept her overnight in the office. My co-worker K. took her home the following day, and everything seemed fine. This was a very friendly kitty, purring and on your lap. She loved everybody in the office, followed everybody around like a dog, and made a lot of friends. I looked in on her at K.'s apartment a few days ago, and all her behavior indicated a sociable cat with no issues.
She ultimately couldn't stay at K.'s, so I had the cat brought to my apartment yesterday. We put her in the bathroom. She was purring and lap-happy until she realized that there were other animals in the apartment, then her personality did a 180. She started growling and stopped being friendly to either me or my BF. She bit my hand while I was trying to get her away from the bathroom door, and drew blood. (FWIW, I've been reading up on cat bites, and yes, I will see a doctor if the bites appear to be infected or if the area gets too swollen.)
I have been researching shelters, and most of them don't want anything to do with an animal who bites. Does the fact that she bit me once mean that she is doomed to wind up at a kill shelter such as AC&C? (This is in New York City.) I want to do the right thing, but it would appear that she can't live with my two cats (who are both very gentle and friendly). I think she would be ok with a home with no animals. Does anybody have any suggestions? She is still in my bathroom, and growls at anybody who walks into the room.