We are seeing more progress with #KittyYaden. We can now touch her without her snapping at us. Oh, her bites are ferocious. She sinks her teeth into our flesh and holds them there.
Had a AC session with her recently. If any of you recalled, we actually had great progress with her... Until we carted her off to the vet for a necessary dental extraction. After that, everything went back to square one.
According to the AC, Yaden says we broke her trust by sending her to the vet, putting her through surgery and boarding her at the vet. She hates going to the vet, taking injections and medication, and says she rather die. She wants to be left alone. We asked again if she would prefer that we release her back to the community, since she is so independent. She immediately responded with a definite "no". She is extremely afraid of cold rain and thunderstorms, and is mightily frightened that she wouldn't have a shelter to hide during bad weather.
She knows we are taking good care of her and providing her with everything she needs and wants. But every time she sees us, she is reminded of the hospitalization, and she cannot help but lash out at us. She wants us to find her an adopter who would be patient and gentle with her, and leave her alone unless she wants attention.
So we struck a deal. She must cooperate, and we would refrain from touching her unless she wants us to. She must also take good care of herself by not over-grooming herself so that we don't have to bring her to the vet. But we did tell her, if she is sick, we have to bring her to the vet, but we would not hospitalize her. And we would work hard at finding her an adopter. She agreed.
For the next few months after her AC session, we really left her alone. No touch, no talk, no eye contact. Slowly, she opened up and asked us to touch her. She also stopped over-grooming herself. We can now stroke her head without triggering a nasty response.
Yaden is, by far, the most difficult and longest case we ever rehabilitate. We were sooooo close to successful rehabilitation back then. Until the vet visit. 😔
(Yes, she prefers to be called Yaden rather than Yaryne. She mentioned that Yaryne is too girly for her. 😳).