Jezebelle has been at the PetSmart on Sawmill Road the longest of all the kitties now. Other cats have been adopted, coming and going, but always Miss Jezebelle remains. We are getting worried about her, because she is not one of our kitties. Rather, she is a Capital Area Humane Society cat, and we fear the results if she does not find her forever home.
Jezebelle loves to be petted and when you go over to her cage, she will allow lots of rubs and scratches. The problem, however, comes when you take her down to move her out into the adoption room where customers are supposed to wait to meet potential kitties. Jezebelle doesn’t really like to be picked up. She will gladly rub up against you and weave around your legs, but when you go to lift her into the air, hands clutched around her belly, she gets very temperamental. We call it “showing her cali-attitude.” And Miss Jezebelle does have attitude. She knows she is a queen and you had better treat her as such. Royalty does not allow the peasants to flop them around through the air.
So when it is time to go back into her cage, Jezebelle usually gives a few catty wails and that ends it for adopters. They think she is mean or can’t be handled. She is neither. She just does not like being carried or lifted. And who can blame her.
We really wish that PetSmart would return to the way they used to do things with the adoption area. There used to be locks on the cages to keep the kitties safe, but the adoption room was open at all times to the public. They could go in, see a kitty, pet them through the bars and decide if there was someone they wanted to spend a bit more time with. After deciding that, they could find a PetSmart employee to unlock the cage and release the cat for closer inspection. Or if the cat didn’t want to leave the safety of their cage, the potential adopter could stand and pet them in their own space. Then, if they wanted, the person could fill out an application.
This process did well for shy kitties or cats that did not like to be picked up. You could meet them in their own area, the cage, and if they did not want to come out, you could still pet them and see them where they felt most comfortable. As things are now, the cats must be brought out from the cage room to the adoption area for potential adopters to meet. This does not bode well for the kitties that are shy or newly arrived and a bit scared (they run and hide or try to scramble back to their cages) or for cats like Jezebelle who do not like to be picked up. Cats who dislike being carried will often become agitated and frightened and not show their true personality to adopters away from the safety of the cage.
At this time, however, adopters are not supposed to go into the cage room. PetSmart associates and rescue group volunteers are the only ones who are allowed access. Additionally, I have heard from a few potential adopters that they were told they could not even look at a cat unless they were going to fill out an application. I find this to be very limiting for the cats. How do you know if you want a cat unless you meet them and see how they are with you, not just viewed through a glass window? Many people just decide to go elsewhere.
I think Miss Jezebelle would fare better and find her home faster if only she could be petted in her cage, where she feels safe and does not have to be moved around. Please keep that in mind when you go to visit her. And please visit her or send friends looking for a cat. She is a good girl. She just has her peculiarities (like everyone) and does not like being swung through the air!