Trauma is not something that both humans and felines can easily recover from. I have to admit that helping an abused cat recover its trust in people may be the most challenging thing you’ll ever do. But fool not yourselves, because it is also the most rewarding thing.
Continue reading further below, as to know how you can recognize an abused cat and what you can do to help the feline.
Abuse of felines
All of us reading this, need to be aware that abuse of cats happens more often than we think. The more common kind of abuse is the neglect of the cat altogether. Forgetting to feed it, failing to provide proper medical care for your feline, and simply lacking kindness and love for your pet is what makes an owner an abuser. An owner like that is responsible for making the cat’s life miserable. The less common kind of abuse is one of the most inhumane and cruel things that a person may do, and that is to deliberately inflict pain on another living creature.
What are the symptoms of abuse?
There are physical symptoms which include untreated injuries/ medical problems, parasites in the feline, the coat is significantly unkempt and in a very bad condition, and extreme thinness of the feline. Plus, an abused cat will often avoid human contact, or show aggressiveness as a defense mechanism against the trauma. However, this doesn’t mean that every cat showing some of these symptoms is an abused feline- maybe the cat’s owners are trying to take care of any problems the feline has.
How can we help an abused cat recover?
Help the cat regain the trust in human beings by offering your unconditional love and care. Also, make sure that the physical well-being of the feline is taken care of. Show lots and lots of patience, and then show some more patience. Remember- the cat must have been through a nightmare, give it time to recover. Don’t be discouraged if the cat doesn’t become the friendliest of felines…You need to make sure that you give it the best quality of life. Some abused cats may suffer from an invisible neurological damage which may have a permanent effect on their personality.
Tips on how to help an abused cat recover
Make the feline familiar with its new home/ environment surrounding it. Be extra careful and patient when doing this- just take things slow… At first, avoid direct eye contact because you may intimidate the cat. Let the cat come to you, don’t force yourself to the cat and don’t do things that the feline seems uncomfortable with… Even if you are simply petting the cat when it clearly doesn’t want to be pet- Stop! Move quietly and gently around the cat. Bear in mind that cats are comfortable with human beings being at their own eye level, so it may be a good thing for you to just sit/ lie down near the cat. Spend as much time as you can with the cat, let it get used to your presence, voice, movements. After you start gaining the cat’s confidence you can offer it treats, and that will help you make the bond between you stronger.
I want to remind you that there is no shame is asking for help. Whenever you feel insecure or doubtful about anything, consult sometime who has experience on how to deal with abused felines. Find this person, and rely upon them for genuine and good advice.