A rescue cat goes viral as he clings onto a shelter worker's hand, devastating people online. The ginger tabby named Tigger was brought to AHS Animal Shelter in Newark, New Jersey as a stray and has been known for his affectionate behavior towards humans and other felines. The shelter staff described Tigger as a spunky and super funny cat who loves attention from people. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that around 3.2 million cats enter shelters every year in the US, and interactive and approachable cats like Tigger are more likely to be adopted sooner. The video of Tigger's clingy behavior has received 1.4 million views and over 180,000 likes on social media. Tigger has since been transferred to the Loving Hands Cat Rescue, a partner organization of AHS Newark, where he is still available for adoption.
In the adorable footage shared by AHS Animal Shelter in Newark, Tigger can be seen reaching through the bars of his cage to grab the woman's hand, refusing to let go and wrapping his paws around her fingers, clutching her glove as she pretends to move away. The shelter staff said it is common for cats to be "clingy" when they arrive at the shelter, but it all depends on the animal's unique personality and prior interaction with humans.
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), around 31 percent of pet cats are adopted from shelters or humane societies, while 27 percent were acquired as strays. A 2020 study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science found that cats spent an average of 55 days in a shelter. However, the study also reported that interactive and "approachable" cats like Tigger were much more likely to be adopted sooner than other cats.
The clingy rescue cat in the video is a domestic shorthair called Tigger, and he has become an online sensation with over 1.4 million views and 180,000 likes. Tigger is known for silly antics during playtime and loves attention from people. Despite Tigger's adorable behavior, it is essential to remember that there are millions of cats and other animals in shelters across the US that need loving homes. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization is a great way to give these animals a second chance at a happy life while also adding a new family member to your home.