Grumpy and aggressive shelter cats become more friendly over time

Some animals can develop problematic behaviours the longer they stay in an animal shelter, but cats tend to become friendlier and less aggressive

Life 2 November 2021

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Many unfriendly or aggressive shelter cats can become much more sociable with humans – and hence more adoptable – if just given time.

Unlike dogs, which can develop problematic behaviours and appear less sociable as they spend more time in animal shelters, cats tend to become friendlier the longer they stay. Cats may need the extra weeks or even several months to recover from stress, veterinary issues or the change in environment that make them less approachable, says Veronika Vojtkovská at the University of …

Read more at New Scientist

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