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Rescue cats: Shelter cats just need time to become friendly

Rescue cats: Shelter cats just need time to become friendly

Some animals can develop problematic behaviours the longer they stay in an animal shelter, but cats tend to become friendlier and less aggressive



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2 November 2021

Cats waiting for adoption in a rescue shelter

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Many unfriendly or aggressive shelter cats can become much more sociable with humans – and hence more adoptable – if just given time.

Unlike dogs, which can develop problematic behaviours and appear less sociable as they spend more time in animal shelters, cats tend to become friendlier the longer they stay. Cats may need the extra weeks or even several months to recover from stress, veterinary issues or the change in environment that make them less approachable, says Veronika Vojtkovská at the University of …

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