The shelter has moods that I can feel from week to week. Sometimes, a lot of the cats are cranky, other times, the dogs in the back are barky. It varies from week to week. This was a strange week. Yeah, the dogs were barky, I had a couple hissers, which I haven’t had in a few weeks.
Still, the cats didn’t seem angry. Instead, they were laying low. There were three or four pictures that I couldn’t take because the cats wouldn’t come out from under their blankets. I don’t coax too much. If a cat doesn’t get curious about me after blowing on them once or twice, I just move on.
It can take a long time for a cat to get acclimated to a shelter environment. If their owner surrenders, they’ve undoubtedly come from a relatively quiet house or apartment. Now, they live in a reverberating stainless steel cage, get poked and prodded by all sorts of strangers… Oh, some guy comes by and blasts two flashes in their face, too.
When a lot of cats in the shelter are fearful, the rest can feel it. even the firendly cats want a sniff or two before they’ll let you scratch their chin.