Do Cats Know That You Rescued Them?

Rescuing a precious kitty is life-changing. A rescued cat fills your house and your heart with love, laughter and a whole new world of adventures. Owners of rescued cats can tell you that their new furry friend, in a way, saved them as well. The rescue is always mutual as loving pets provide the best companionship and joy. As much as we humans relish in the event, do our cats share that same appreciation for the blessed occasion? Do cats know when they've been rescued?

Cats can remember their lives before the rescue?

Studies show that cats have great memories. They remember important people even years after being around them and can recall details from their lives before being rescued. Animal Planet explains that once a cat attains information, by accident or trial and error, most of that information is retained for life due to a cat's excellent memory.

If a cat experienced trauma, these memories are hard to get rid of. A rescued cat may exhibit certain anxieties or phobias due to past distress. Once a cat is in a new, hopefully more loving situation, they will clearly know the difference between the past and the present.

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Just like with negative memories, cats will remember the good times as well! Provide your rescued cat with lots of love (and patience) and she is sure to know she's been rescued. She should also have some great memories of your loving home for years to come. If your cat was rescued from a traumatic situation, consult with a veterinarian for a professional game plan on how to deal with any behavioral issues.