Big Grey is at the Shelter
Forlorn and almost completely forgotten, Big Grey roamed the lonesome rooms and walls of its domain, until yesterday.
With a contract to purchase on the way for this big old house, a place which had been considered home for most of its life, it was time for this proud feline to move on to a new life.
Not knowing what was beyond the walls of this enclosed world, it was not going to make this change without serious uneasiness and constraint.
Two crates were available at the house either of which might be used as a possible carrier for transporting the cat to its new temporary location at the shelter.
One crate was a normal cat carrier and the other crate was a trap.
The cat had not eaten for over a day so the thought was that all that would be needed to lure it into either of the crates would be the enticing smell of tuna, which was put into the normal cat carrier or wet cat food, which was a special blend of herbs and spices, or some delectable to cats dish, which was placed in the trap. The food was courtesy of two other cat lovers who were there to assist in the move. They were promised beer and pizza for helping with the move (not really).
The food was placed in the far end of each of these carriers so that it would need to fully enter.
The tempting aroma was doing its job, but not so well that it did not first have to deal with the natural cautious tendencies of a cat.
The cat would start towards the cage and then stop, start and stop, walk around the sides and the back, look inside the carriers but not go in. How could it get to the food without going into the carrier?
Finally after exhausting all unsuccessful attempts to get to the food through non-entrance means, it went in through the opening. Its choice was for the tuna, but this created a problem.
The idea was to close the door behind the cat if it went into the normal cat carrier, but remember it is called Big Grey. The “Big” part of the name is for a reason. It was able to get its head to the food and still have its behind sticking out of the cage.
This required a slight alternative in strategy. Although the change was likely to work, it would, also, likely be more traumatic.
The carrier with the tuna was removed, so that it would have only one choice. That choice was the trap.
The cat was left alone as we waited in an upper room. Then it happened. There was a clash, which was the closing of the cage, which was followed by a sound that was twice as terrifying as the sound made by a couple of mating fox. The cry continued for several minutes, but there was no going back now. We had to quickly transport Big Grey to the shelter. Keep in mind, this was a humane trap, but the thought of losing its freedom had it struggling and crying as if for its life.
We placed a blanket over the carrier to reduce the trauma and talked gently to calm Big Grey. Eventually it had succumbed to its circumstances and began to meow back and forth with us. It, also, helped that we had a CD of First Aid Kit to play some music which Big Grey found relaxing.
At the shelter, Big Grey was calm. The initial evaluation was of a healthy cat, but one who was not ready to be hugged by anyone.
Within a day or two, Big Grey should be available for adoption from BARCS animal shelter.
For the right family, that is willing to share its love, I believe that Big Grey will be a wonderful companion.