Born to a feral mama cat, Ruth was living with her family in an abandoned gas station when someone bought the site and started renovations. The family was displaced and left to roam the neighborhood. Gradually the kittens disappeared until only Ruth and two brothers were left. A woman trapped the survivors, got them fixed, and tried to relocate them to her yard-- because normally Trap-Neuter-Return is the gold standard of care for feral cats.
But it can be difficult to practice TNR if there is not safe place to return the cats. Such was the case in this instance, as the neighborhood turned out to be an inhospitable home for these dislocated cats. A dog killed one brother, and then the neighbor's cat viciously attacked Ruth, injuring her so badly that Ruth required an emergency vet visit. After that, even though they were feral cats, the woman moved Ruth and her surviving brother indoors and determined to find them homes.
So Ruth has seen it all. No wonder this poor thing is so shy around people. She needs a super-compassionate person, preferably one with a few cats already, to help her understand that humans can be as good for her as cats are.
Right now, Ruth is much more comfortable around other cats. That's about the only time she feels safe enough to let her hair down. But once she knows you really well, she will allow you to pet her when she eats--- and then she purrs and purrs!
If you think you might be able to give Ruth the time she needs to adjust, and not lose faith in her, please consider adopting this shy girl today!
To inquire, please contact Susan at (314) 478-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. the one good part of this story is that Ruth's feral mother was spayed and successfully relocated to a safe yard where a kind man feeds her and provides outdoors shelter. We will never know why Ruth and her brother refused to join their mother in this safer yard!
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