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Owner surrenders cat due to child conflict: Kids pull tail and cat hides

How much abuse is a cat expected to take?
How much abuse is a cat expected to take?
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When the kids pulled Princess' tail, she ran away and hid. The cruel behavior has been going on for years. Rather than teaching their child how to respect animals, the ten-year-old terrified black cat was to blame and recently dumped at Manhattan's New York City Animal Care and Control because of "child conflicts."

Unfortunately, Princess' past abuse and being placed in an unfamiliar environment has her crouched in the corner and very uncooperative. On June 21, the 11 and 1/2 pound cat was surrendered:

"Where did this cat come from? My Home ORIGINAL SOURCE Gift

WHY ARE YOU BRINGING THIS CAT IN? The children would pull her tail and she would run away

RELATIONSHIP? I’ve owned a few years; lives with 4 adults; lives with 1 child PERSONALITY? Is more shy, hides a lot"

Unfortunately, Princess refuses to be touched, and has been classified as New Hope only. Her personality assessment:

Princess is displaying behaviors that preclude placement in the adoption rooms and may require further investigation before placement in a home. She has tried to swat / scratch / is extremely fearful in the shelter environment and does not currently tolerate petting or handling. As per owners profile, Princess previously lived with 4 adults and 1 child or a few years; not known previous history of living with other animals. Shy/hides a lot was said about her personality and no behavioral issues were reported in the profile, however she's struggling to acclimate here at the shelter and is displaying fractious behavior.

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