12 Apr

Buttercup relaxing


AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION:  Buttercup was rescued from an abusive home.  On a very cold winter night, Animal Rescue Network got a phone call that there was an injured cat outside an apartment building in Overbrook.  We loaded our equipment into the car and went to the apartment of the people who called asking for help for the cat. 

It turned out that the cat was inside the lobby of the apartment building and the people who called were the owners (a mom and her 2 young daughters.)  The mom said the cat couldn’t walk.  Yet, she said he hadn’t been outside, wasn’t caught in the door, hadn’t been harmed in any way but he just couldn’t walk.  We offered to take the cat to the Vet to have him checked out and treated if necessary and then bring the cat back to her but she said she didn’t want the cat.  The cat was scrunched down in the lobby and wasn’t moving.  So we coaxed him into a trap using a towel as a shield so he couldn’t see what was going on. 

The cat was so freaked out that the Vet had to sedate him in order to examine him.  (While under sedation/anesthesia, Buttercup was neutered and vaccinated.)  The examination and X-Rays revealed no broken bones or injuries of any sort.   We concluded that Buttercup was paralyzed with fear and that’s why he wouldn’t move. 

During his initial days in foster care, it became clear that Buttercup would not tolerate a human hand coming in his direction, which made us think that he must have been whacked around alot in his former home.  The night he was rescued he apparently tried to escape the home by running out of the apartment and into the lobby.  Once there, he would not let his owners touch him – or anyone else for that matter. 

Buttercup has been fully rehabilitated behaviorally and now ENJOYS having his head scratched.  He no longer fears a hand coming toward him.  He is a buff colored domestic shorthair, neutered/vaccinated male, approx. 4 years old.    He is very sweet and just adores people!

If you would like to inquire about adopting Buttercup, please contact us by clicking on the link at the top of the page.


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