The head of “Chukotka” Lydia Imaykina: Cats

Koteinya “Chukotka”, located in the Samara region, is well known to many. Cats from the Nadezhda shelter live there. The head of the department, Lidiya Imaykina, said why owners are often to blame for problems with pets, which quadrupeds are more likely to find a home and why they make a deal with future owners.

System work

I’m a man with cats since I was a child. I have always had animals. Ten years ago, I saw a cat in the Nadezhda shelter group, which I liked. At first I took her for overexposure, then she stayed with me. And I, having come to the shelter once, started going there every weekend. There at that time no one systematically dealt with cats. I started photographing them, promoting them and I entered the process somewhat imperceptibly.

The feline sector has grown, and many projects have appeared specifically targeting these animals. We now have a “Chukotka” cat house, where you can chat with quadrupeds, choose a pet or just have fun.

Stress and its consequences

I am an economist-accountant by studies, but my soul never stayed in this activity. The university was chosen with the advice of the parents. Having started working closely with cats, I received distance training as a animal psychologist. Now I have my own VKontakte team. There I tell you how to understand animals and correct defects in their behavior.

I have two cats at home. One was found in the yard, the second was taken from our shelter. He was very ill, for a long time and incomprehensibly, I had to deal a lot with his treatment. As a result, I got it for myself. Surprisingly, it helped. A couple of months ago he stopped all medications. Obviously stress was the cause. Cats are very sensitive animals. On this basis, they have all sorts of diseases, including the most incredible.

Until I came to the shelter, I could not even imagine that cats are so anxious. It can happen to them literally out of the blue – for example, due to disk replacement. I am not talking about moving to another house, to leave someone from the family for a few days or, conversely, for the appearance of guests. We had such a case: the cat lived in an apartment where there was an old mattress on the edge of the wall and he really liked to sit on it. When this layer was finally thrown out, the animal began to have cystitis and it took a long time to heal.

Photo greetings are required

The animals arrive in Chukotka via a shelter, where they are usually taken by former owners or brought in by volunteers. An average of five to seven cats go home from here each month. Spring-summer is usually a catastrophic period: everyone is resting, people are not ready for new pets. And, for example, in September last year, we added 17 stands.

We give them on the basis of the contract. You can fill out an online questionnaire describing what kind of cat you need: age, color, temperament. Then talk to the shelter manager and, if all goes well, select the animal. Our staff will assist you with this. The reverse is true: Chukotka visitors know pets, sometimes come here several times, choose a pet for themselves and then fill out a questionnaire and are interviewed.

We sign a responsible property agreement with all the owners and we continue to monitor the fate of our booths. As a rule, in a week, a month, three, six months and a year, we ask you to send photo greetings from home. Sending a photo is not difficult, but it makes us happy and calm.

Of course, there are people who do not like such a system. They are usually eliminated at the interview stage. The majority is well aware of such conditions, realizing that this is not our whim. We invest a lot of effort, time and money in our booths and therefore we want to be sure that we give them in good hands. And it is also convenient for cat owners themselves – you can always contact us for advice on both the health and behavioral problems of the pet. I’m glad that recently, as a rule, prepared people come here who understand why we do interviews and sign contracts.

It can not be returned

The most common reasons why people get rid of animals are movement, allergies, having a baby. This is usually said. But there are also exclusive stories. For example, we were approached by a girl who said she had a pet when she was dating a man. Now they are divorced and the memories are connected with the cat, so he wants to give it to her.

Sometimes the reasons lie in behavioral problems. Most of the time, the cat does not go to the tray. Of course, we suggest that you try to look for the cause and change the situation. But unfortunately, people who apply to the shelter usually do not want to fix anything. But the solution is sometimes on the surface. Just recently, a cat just handed it to us because of dirt. And only then did the former owner send a photo of the toilet, to which he refused to go. There, in a closed disk, was another disk, and inside were two other small ones, with bars. It is strange that the pet did not want to notice this design. In our country, by the way, walks perfectly in the right place, there was not a single miss.

Fashion is going for the British

For some reason, there are always more cats in the shelter than cats. And males understand better. Obviously, this is due to a long-standing prejudice “what to do after the kittens”. But all our cats are neutered, the issue with the offspring is not in principle. Perhaps this is why this trend has now declined.

If we talk about popular colors, then the preferences of cat owners are inexplicable. At one time, only black cats are taken, then – mostly striped, the other time – red. What it’s about is not at all clear. Of course, in animals of unusual color, as well as in purebreds, there is a greater chance of attachment. Although sometimes they can wait for six months, and it is not clear why they are not taken.

In the shelter you can often see purebred pets. There is such a pattern: the fashion for the race is passing, its representatives are no longer needed. We always have British mixed breeds and sometimes purebred British. They are delivered very often, because they often have health and behavioral problems. Every year, many sphinxes come to us – which is typical, for some reason they are thrown out more often in winter.

Who will get Tigger

35-40 cats live in Chukotka at the same time. The longest living of all – about six years – Tigger lives here. She is a normal girl and not very socialized. We repeatedly posted her photo on the internet and there were people who were interested in her. But no one was ready for the fact that the cat will not come in contact immediately, it would be necessary to show patience and work with the animal.

There are several methods for this. One of the simplest is to teach a cat to eat from your hands. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. The main thing is to choose a treat for which the animal will be ready to approach a person. It is not about food, it is about delicacies. Cats have a very strong motivation to eat.

There are many stray animals today. I believe that the most socialized, those who are attracted to people, must first of all take to the streets. And then already, in the presence of forces and opportunities, everything else. And in any case, it does not make sense to give the animal a roof over its head and not to work with it in any way – not to tame it, not to communicate. If a cat is very afraid of humans, it will be under constant pressure, get sick and eventually die. Therefore, if you want to get a wild, non-socialized animal, but you are not ready to work with it, you should not do it. It is best to feed, sterilize if possible and try to tame.

Photos from the personal archive of the heroine of the publication

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