Mercury is one little cat that has caused a big stir at The Humane Society of Kent County. This 1 year old light gray tabby was found wandering down the side of the road. There is a high probability that he was dumped. How tragic and traumatizing it must have been to be loaded in a car by your family, then left on the side of a road to fend for yourself. This is a common situation for many animals that enter the shelter. Abuse and abandonment can have lasting effects on many of them.
This is true for Mercury. He started showing severe behavioral issues after a few days of living in a kennel. He was lashing out at staff members and other cats. He was definitely hard to handle and was going to be hard to place. He was moved to a bigger kennel, then he was moved to a big office, but nothing was working to calm him down. Finally, Mercury had a visit with the vet and was started on a very low dose of anxiety medicine.
Suddenly, this young tabby started to act like the sweet kitty that he appeared to be. He is currently living in a kennel in the cat adoption room at HSKC and he is finally content. He spends a big part of the day roaming free with the other adoptable cats and interacting with staff members, volunteers, and the public. He has actually become very low maintenance. The medicine that Mercury is prescribed is inexpensive and is easily added to his food. It is quite possible that once he is living in a home and feeling more secure the medicine will not be needed at all.
Stress and anxiety tend to be a very difficult part of life. When people have difficulty coping, they are often times given medication to help improve their daily lives. The same goes for dogs and cats. If you can sympathize with Mercury’s situation and would consider giving him a new beginning, please contact HSKC today!
Written by: Julie Neukam, Animal Care Supervisor/Photo Credit: JP Hooker, Volunteer/Education Manager
To learn more about Mercury, our other adoptable pets, or to submit an adoption application online, please visit www.kenthumane.org/adopt! The HSKC Shelter is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Saturdays 11am-4pm, and you can reach us at 410-778-3648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.