Cat Put in Solitary for Letting the Other Shelter Cats Out

Posted in Cat Stories - On: September 9, 2022 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: September 9, 2022  
Author:  Jan Travell

Meet Quilty, the bad boy cat currently residing at Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Houston, Texas.

This spicy kitty is going viral for his naughty habit of letting himself and his roommates out any time of the day and night.


Not only can he open the human-sized door of the senior cat common room, he can also get out of every kennel they’ve put him in.

He’s also very good at shadowing a human out of the door with his maximum level stealth.


It took a while for the staff to work out why every morning when they arrived at the shelter, none of the cats were where they were supposed to be.

Finally they saw footage from the camera of Quilty opening the door like a pro, giving a chance for all the other cats to wander freely.


As a result, the staff have decided to lock Quilty inside what can only be described as “solitary confinement.” That is, at least until he can learn some manners.

In the last three updates, Quilty has got out, crashed staff meetings, snuck by several staff members and had to be “perp-walked” back to his room.


Someone at the shelter had written a description of Quilty, in the hope that would help get him adopted.

“What is the coolest cat name you’ve ever heard? I think my name, Quilty is the winner!

I love my name almost as much as I love a CLEAN litter box and sunning on the balcony. As much as I like getting pets, I really don’t like to get belly rubs.”


“I’m a smart, energetic, laid back fella, but I can be a bit shy. If you have a friendly dog at home that is OK with me, but I’m not sure about young children.

I’ve never played with them before, so I don’t know if I like them.

I do know that I like to open closed doors. When I see one it challenges me, and I work hard to get it open and I’m usually successful.”


It ended by saying: “Remember the name Quilty and schedule a Meet and Greet with me. I’m ready to go to your house for a sleepover and I’m ready to stay forever.”

Because he has become so popular on the internet, the shelter have received an enormous amount of adoption applications for him.

He now has his own Instagram page and his own hashtag #freequilty.


What a legend! And you will be pleased to hear that Quilty has now been adopted.

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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