Cat Discarded For Being Too Cuddly, Told He’s Annoying & Not Welcome Anymore

While dogs are often credited as the go-to pet for affection, cats can also be quite the snugglers. Felines are intelligent, playful, clever and above all else, adorable!

When a cat, named Jacque, was only 7 months old, his owner up and moved, leaving him behind. This heartbreaking scenario happens way too often.

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Nancy Hutchinson, president of Michigan Cat Rescue explained to The Western Journal: “He was found in a house that was foreclosed upon. The person who owned him left him there and didn’t care. He was found by the realtor and brought into the shelter. This happens quite often, sadly.”

Jacque was taken to a high-kill shelter and was at the top of the list to be euthanized. Luckily, Nancy arrived at the shelter in time and met Jacque.

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“I saw him in his cage and felt so bad for him,” she said. “I opened up his cage and […] sat on the floor with him for a while, and he sat on my lap. I thought, ‘Wow. What a nice cat.’”

Jacque was taken back to Michigan Cat Rescue. They put on his adoption card that he’s a ‘lap cat’ hoping to find an adopter that loves to snuggle as much as he does.

A match was found! They were thrilled Jacque had a home where he could get endless amounts of affection– but then the unthinkable happened. The adopter brought him back!

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The rescue group posted the adopter’s heartbreaking words on Facebook when he returned Jacque:

“He constantly wants to sit in my lap. I can’t stand it. It’s VERY annoying. He isn’t welcome at my house anymore.”

While the words themselves cut like a knife, what was worse was how the whole situation affected Jacque. Once back at the shelter, he refused to eat. The depression and lack of nutrients took a toll on his body and he got very sick.

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“Stress can really take its toll — not just on people, but on animals,” Nancy said, “and it broke down his immune system. He had a horrible upper respiratory cold.”

The cat rescue continued to share updates about Jacque on their Facebook page and his story thankfully popped up on the perfect person’s feed. Someone who would be all too thrilled to get endless amounts of cat cuddles!

“His story went viral on Facebook with over 250,000 people who read about him, who shared his plight and expressed their love and sadness for him,” the rescue group wrote on Facebook. “GUESS WHAT? HE IS ADOPTED! We received HUNDREDS of applications but because there is only 1 Jacque—we chose one family and gave them the joyous news! Jacque is LOVED, SPOILED and finally in his FOREVER HOME with Liz and her family!”

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While Jacque had to go down a long, bumpy road to get to where he is, he is now in the perfect place. Liz and her family cherish every moment with the affectionate kitty. He’s not a nuisance– he’s a gift!

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Please share Jacque’s story so others understand that there is enough love in one’s heart to give to DOGS and CATS! Consider sharing your home with both, as both are worthy of the best possible life.

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Reverse Sneezing In Dogs – What to do…

Does this sound familiar? Your dog suddenly starts making loud snorting sounds—over and over again, in quick succession.

Do you start wondering, did they swallow something they shouldn’t have? Can they breathe?!

Chances are, you’re experiencing the infamous “reverse sneeze.”

Veterinarians often see dogs whose owners rushed them in for an emergency appointment after finding them standing with their elbows apart, head pulled back, and eyes bulging as they snort or gasp repeatedly.

Yet for the vast majority of these dogs, a vet visit was unnecessary.

Reverse sneezing looks and sounds scary the first time you encounter it. However, it’s a fairly common and harmless respiratory event for dogs.

Read on to learn how to identify reverse sneezing, what causes it, and how to tell the difference between a harmless reverse sneeze and something else.

What is reverse sneezing?

A reverse sneeze is pretty much what it sounds like: a sneeze that happens in reverse! The above video is a good example of what it looks and sounds like.

In a regular sneeze, air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is rapidly, and noisily, pulled in through the nose.

It occurs in spasms lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute and sounds like snorting, snuffling, and even gagging. See the above video for an example.

Because of the sounds their dogs make while reverse sneezing, many people mistakenly think their dog is choking. However, a reverse sneeze is almost as normal and harmless as a regular sneeze.

What causes reverse sneezing?

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There’s no single cause for a reverse sneeze. Like regular sneezing, it’s often triggered by an irritation or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses.

It often occurs when dogs wake up from a nap, or after eating, when their breathing pattern may have rapidly changed. It’s also caused by irritants in the airway—anything from dust to an inhaled hair!

Some dogs experience more frequent reverse sneezing in springtime when the air is full of pollen and other allergens.

Others reverse sneeze more in the winter, when sudden temperature changes between outdoors and indoors cause the nasal passages to contract.

Another common cause of reverse sneezing is pressure on the throat and neck. A too-tight collar, or straining against the leash, can irritate the throat and lead to a reverse sneeze. That’s just one more reason to consider a harness for your dog.

Finally, some dogs reverse sneeze after exercise, or when they’re overexcited. This is particularly common among brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds like pugs and bulldogs.

When they get worked up, they may inhale their elongated soft palates into the throat, triggering an episode of reverse sneezing.

How to end a reverse sneezing episode

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Reverse sneezing is super-common, and it won’t hurt your dog. However, some dogs become anxious during a reverse sneezing episode, and a lengthy episode may be uncomfortable.

You can help your dog recover from a reverse sneezing episode by remaining calm yourself. If you get anxious, your dog’s anxiety will increase, too. So, stay calm, and show your dog there’s nothing to panic about.

If your dog is experiencing a particularly long episode of reverse sneezing, you may be able to ease or end the episode by:

  • Gently massaging your dog’s throat
  • Briefly covering their nostrils, which will cause them to swallow and potentially stop sneezing
  • Depressing their tongue with your hand to help open airways
  • Some vets suggest gently blowing in your dog’s face

In the vast majority of cases, there’s no need to intervene. Reverse sneezing doesn’t last long, and your dog will be perfectly normal after it stops.

When you should go to the vet

As mentioned, reverse sneezing rarely requires veterinary treatment. As soon as the sneezing episode stops, the situation is resolved. However, if episodes increase in frequency or duration, you should call the vet just in case.

You should also seek treatment if your dog’s reverse sneezing is accompanied by other respiratory symptoms or if they have any unusual discharge from their nose.

Occasionally, chronic reverse sneezing can be a symptom of more serious issues. These include nasal mites, foreign objects in the airway, respiratory infections, and tracheal collapse.

If you’re concerned about the intensity of your dog’s reverse sneezing, take a video to show the vet. They’ll be able to determine potential causes.

Most dogs experience episodes of reverse sneezing at some point in their lives. For the vast majority of dogs, it’s a common, temporary, harmless reaction with no lasting aftereffects.

Of course, it still sounds unsettling to our human ears! But now that you know what reverse sneezing is, you’ll be less likely to make an unnecessary vet visit.

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