Caution cats moral dilemma

I’m facing a bit of a moral dilemma.  Our clinic has an account with the ASPCA where we care for cats they rescue from hoarders and such. Two of the cats were labeled “caution” for being impossible to approach, growling and lashing out at us when we went near them. With some time, we began to feed them by hand hoping to get them to soften up a little.  As you can see, this has worked to a degree, but they are still cautious, resistant to touch unless we have food. Thing is, we now need the space for a new bach of cats.. and what they are going to do with these 2 is still up in the air. There are still about 15 other cats here that need to find a home, but do these 2 not deserve a chance? Is this forced Darwinism, where traits like fear and hostility combined just won’t do? I know that if they had time/space/love these cats could be converted into loyal pets, but with more friendly cats in line resources are already divided thin.

I don’t know whats going to happen but I’ll do what I can to help. limited as that may be.

*Update* Caution cats have gone back to the ASPCA. They had become friendlier, but not friendly enough to be at ease with strangers and fast movements. They have a place that works to socialize cats, but I don’t know how many cats they have to handle and how much time they can offer. I don’t think these cats made the cut, but I’m glad to have been able to spend the short time I had feeding them delicious morsels of food.


About shirley

One of the friendly staff at ABC Animal Hospital
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