While we all try to get through these tough times and the pandemic we’re facing, there are still cats in need, like Tygger. That never seems to end. And this week was no different.
I got a call from a domestic Bengal owner who was looking to place their cat Tygger. I’d been working with them for quite some time. They loved Tygger very much and are heartbroken, having to make this decision to surrender him.
Tygger had a tendency to lash out and become aggressive. He’d scratched faces, causing serious wounds, and was biting, drawing blood. Having a child in the home with a health condition made this situation even more dangerous. They worked with their veterinarian, trying medications for Tygger.
When that didn’t solve the problem, they began reaching out to rescue groups. But, with aggression issues, Tygger was deemed unadoptable. The veterinarian suggested euthanasia as the only option.
Tygger’s not the first hybrid we’ve taken in with this type of history. Since we know he gets along with other cats, we’re hopeful that having companions of his own kind, a bungalow and outdoor habitat with lots of stimulation for him, might help curtail his aggression.
We’ve seen this happen with other hybrids here, when they’re finally allowed to be the cat they were bred to be. As a descendant of a wild Asian leopard cat, marking territory, using their mouth and claws to communicate is just part of their nature.
His family surrendered him because they loved him, not because they abandoned him. I know it was a difficult decision. But I also know Tygger will settle in well and have a wonderful life here.
With everything going on in the world right now, we’re still doing our work here as safely as we can. We’re assuring the safety of our staff, while still rescuing cats in need.
Please know that your gifts truly are gifts of life….for Tygger and the other 110+ residents here.
How You Can Help
Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Tygger – can be very expensive. Our sponsorship program helps support the cats and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider being Tygger’s sponsor parent?
Or even a one time donation toward his care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page. Thank you!