Cat Abandoned for Cuddling Too Much

Cat Abandoned for Cuddling Too Much

To non-cat owners, cats can have the reputation for being aloof. But cat owners know that cats are some of the most loving creatures. This became a problem for a beautiful Michigan cat named Jacque.

Courtesy of Michigan Cat Rescue

In May of 2016 when Jacque was just seven months old, his owner moved away and abandoned him.

Rescued Just in Time

Nancy Hutchinson, founder and president of Michigan Cat Rescue, told The Dodo, “He was found in a house that was foreclosed upon. The person who owned him left him there and didn’t care. He was found by the realtor and brought into the shelter. This happens quite often, sadly.”

Unfortunately for Jacque, he wasn’t adopted and the shelter put him on the list for euthanasia. Hutchinson visited him just in time.

“I saw him in his cage and felt so bad for him,” Hutchinson said. “I opened up his cage and … sat on the floor with him for a while and he sat on my lap. I thought, ‘Wow. What a nice cat.'”

Jacque Gets Abandoned…Again

Hutchinson rescued Jacque and brought him to the Michigan Cat Rescue and advertised him as a lap cat. It didn’t take long for a woman to come along and adopt Jacque, but sadly, she returned him about a year later.

According to Hutchinson, the woman told her, “‘He’s constantly trying to sit in my lap — I just can’t stand it anymore. I’ll have to return him to you — this is not what I signed up for.'”

But as Hutchinson points out, “Actually, it is what she signed up for because she requested a lap cat specifically. But she just became tired of having him.”

Stress Takes Its Toll on Jacque

When Jacque returned to the shelter, his health deteriorated. He wouldn’t eat for a few days, and then developed upper respiratory and eye infections. The stress of being returned was too much for the lovable cat.

Courtesy of Michigan Cat Rescue

The Road to Recovery

The shelter staff were determined not to give up on Jacque, and they nursed him back to health so that he could be re-adopted. This time, however, they were much pickier about the applicants. They knew that Jacque couldn’t handle another rejection.

“We received a lot of applications for him, but a lot of them weren’t appropriate for his personality,” Hutchinson said.

The Right Fit

But then a Liz Myziuk and her husband applied to adopt Jacque. Hutchinson had a good feeling about the couple, so she invited them to visit Jacque.

Hutchinson said, “I let him out of the carrier, and he walked around a little bit. Then they picked him up and put him in their laps and he just stayed there. They were crying and so happy — they were so in love with him.”

Jacque Gets a New Home and a New Name

Jacque, the overly cuddly cat who was twice abandoned settled into his forever home in no time. And he even got a new name, Giuseppe!

Giuseppe’s story began as a heartbreaking one, but ended in a heartwarming fashion. He got his well deserved lap(s) and a happy ending in his forever home.

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Kate Skilton is a professional writer and a lifelong owner and lover of cats. She currently lives with her kitty, Rogue, who runs the show.

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2 Replies to “Cat Abandoned for Cuddling Too Much”

  1. I was in tears over the story about the cat that was abandoned and almost murdered because he was too cuddling that’s horrible

  2. It makes me sick to have a cat rejected for being a love bug. People who do things like that to a cat need help.

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