- 8 years ago
Just a sad post here. My fiance and his sister have two old cats (females, siblings) who are still living in their family home. My future MOH has been pushing me and my fiance to take these cats for some time now. I adore cats, and these cats in particular, but there are some issues on the table here:
1. I just moved into a new apartment (fiance will join me in about 2 months), and it’s pretty small. We’re hoping to eventually move to a bigger place but it won’t be for a couple of years. There’s no conceivable place to keep a litter box except in the middle of the living area/eating area, and I don’t really want to deal with litter-box smells all the time.
2. These cats are both 12 years old, and have been living in the same big, suburban house for the past 8 years. If they move in with me, they’d be switching to a) a much smaller place and b) a city. I keep hearing horror stories when it comes to moving older cats, and how long it can take them to adjust, if they ever do.
3. This year, I began suffering with debilitating allergies that have led to asthma. I am allergic to cats. I didn’t care much about this before, since my allergies were relatively mild and I would have happily nursed a runny nose if it meant I could have a feline companion. But this asthma is really painful and it won’t go away until my allergies subside.
Now, the sad thing is, my future mother-in-law has just told us that, since she really doesn’t like the cats, she’s going to have them put to sleep if we don’t take them. I’ve been asking around to see if anyone else is in a position to adopt them, but I’ve had no luck. I also know the shelters are overloaded, and the quality of life there probably won’t be very good, especially for two old cats. What do we do? It would break my heart if these cats got put down, but I’m in a really difficult position thanks to the things I mentioned above.