Hello all, I have been a long time lurker, and I just made my account to hop on here and ask for advice.
I have fostered many cats, including two ferals, but this one is not making any progress, and I could use a hand, I would really really like to see her adopted and not put down.
I have a 5 year old mixed breed grey calico female. She is fixed. I was told when I agreed to foster her that she was a loving cat who would love to sit on my lap and live the good life away from the cat house she was in, they said all the other cats picked on her and attacked her. I was to foster her until she was adopted. We brought her home, and she has her own room so she could adapt slowly while she got to know us. Day one she didnt come out of her transport carrier except to use the bathroom, didn't eat for two days. We set up the tall cat cage she was living in when we picked her up, and she eventually went back into it and wont leave. both top and bottom doors are open, and a tall cat tree sits by the top exit. We will go in the room with treats and toys and sit down and read out loud, or quietly we tried letting her come to us. Three weeks later, she still just sat in her cage hissing growling and swiping. Lasers, wands, toys, food of any kind, nothing will entice her out. The cat camera shows that she doesnt do much when we are gone either.
She is not leading a healthy or happy life right now, and I am concerned for her. She still has not met our cat, Sophie, because I feel that will make it worse. Her fear aggression has stayed strong and I am just at a loss. The shelter doesn't want to take her back because they other cats are horrible to her so she lives in her cage, yet she's doing that all on her own now, even with cat caves and boxes and other hiding places in the room.
My husband is at his wits end, he wants to take her back to the shelter, but I know she will be put down quickly because of her biting and scratching when you get near her. I don't want to fail her. Any advice is most welcome! Shes depressed and scared, and I just want her to be happy. Thanks in advance