Animal hoarding is a phenomenon that exists throughout the United States. Animal Rescue organizations remove animals from overcrowded hoarders’ homes and poorly operated puppy mills, saving the lives of thousands, but losing just as many who are too neglected and mistreated to save by the time they are found. We recently heard the story of a cat named Sophie who is a survivor of a hoarding situation. Her story is touching, and it highlights the need for more work to help save animals held under inhumane conditions.
Daily Cats retold the remarkable story about a three-year-old cat named Sophie, who lived along with many other animals that became stuck in stacked cages in living conditions that were brutal. She and the other survivors were taken from the squalor and unlivable conditions by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. When processed through the shelter, it wasn’t long until she was adopted. The friendly and affectionate cat adapted to her new home fast and insisted on being near her new pet parents as much as possible. She didn’t like them out of her sight. When her humans retired for bed, she insisted on sleeping on their dresser in the bedroom. It kept them in view. She didn’t want to sleep on the bed with them, so the owner installed a doll bed in place of the dresser. It’s a miniature human bed that comes with sheets and comforters. Sophie gets tucked into bed every night. She has a regular schedule of arising at 3 am for her midnight snack. She gets back in her doll bed and sleeps until it’s time to wake up in the morning. Her pet parents created an account on Instagram for the amazing cat that sleeps in her little doll bed every night.
The story goes deeper
Sophie enjoys going outside as often as possible. She sits outside watching the yard. A neighbor cat started following Sophie and her pet parents. He would watch and would come over to visit. The neighbors confirmed that Scottie was adopted around the same time as Sophie and he was also pulled from a hoarding situation. It’s not known if the two were housed together, but it’s a distinct possibility that they were raised together under the deplorable situation of animal hoarding.
Do cats remember their cat family members?
It’s as though Sophie and Scottie knew each other because of their strong bond. Both animals met daily to spend time together. It makes us wonder if cats remember their cat families or other animals they lived with. Modkat confirms that cats can remember other cats. There are disputes over the length that the memories prevail. Experts venture that the memory of a cat depends on the relationship it had with the other animal and the length of time the two spent together. It’s feasible that cats who were living together in the hoarding situation remember each other. That could account for their seemingly close bond. Studies show that cats not only remember other cats they’ve lived with, but they also remember the people who have given them a home, fed them, and also those who have caused them grief. Cats can recognize persons by the features of their faces. They can also hold grudges for a lifetime. If a human or animal member passes away, cats also go through periods of grief.
Other things that cats remember
Cats can remember where they live. We’ve heard many stories of cats getting lost up to a thousand miles from their homes and making their way back. They have some type of instinctual homing ability unless there is a move involved. Cats are most likely to return to the homes they remember from the past versus a new one. This is one of the reasons why you should keep an eye on a newly adopted pet for the first few weeks. he may try to go back to a home that he remembers. Cats also remember mistreatment and abuse. Cats from rescues with behavioral issues may be acting out because of previous trauma received through abuse. You may inadvertently trigger a fear response. In some instances, an action, tone of voice, or even a scent can trigger bad memories for a cat. Petsmont claims that some cats remember more than other cats, depending on their experiences and the composition of their brains as they are individuals. Cats enduring traumatic experiences may remember more than other cats, but some subjected to the stress may remember less. Just as humans respond differently to trauma, cats are no exception. The research shows that cats have good long and short-term memory. Cats are intelligent animals that remember the things that help them to survive.
Sophie is a cat that loves to sleep in a doll’s bed. We don’t know why it’s her preference. It could be that she gets a sense of security. She is a well-behaved cat. Sophie shows affection to her pet parents, and she has plenty of love to go around for other animals. She has a friend that she loves to visit daily. He is a cat named Scotty. Scotty is yet another cat rescued from a hoarding environment. Scotty doesn’t get on as well with other animals but he is fond of spending time with Sophie. It’s possible that Scottie and Sophie were raised together, in the same hoarding environment. It’s possible that they remember each other from the days before each was rescued and placed in loving adoptive homes. Cats remember the things that are important to them. It’s a sad story that has a happy ending, and it gave us all the opportunity to learn more about cat behaviors and how relationships are important to them. They’re capable of forming bonds with humans and other animals that can last a lifetime.