Post # 1
A black and white stray cat showed up at my parents house a week or so ago. I’ve been sneaking him food while I’ve been here as my step mom refuses to take in another cat. People like to take cats out to our area and dump them… and you can tell this cat was at one point a very cared for pet. She has my cat and her own three cats (they are all mostly outside, rarely inside cats… they live in the country) and decided she just couldn’t take another one. They also decided they couldn’t give me my cat back because they’re really attached, but that’s a long story.
So me, being the cat lover I am, will take him home with me back to north carolina. That’s right, I’m flying this cat from Texas to North Carolina… but he is the sweetest cat I’ve ever met, no joke.
So I’m looking at:
$150 for airfare on continental for the cat (they rip you off :/)
$150-$200 for vet fees, shots and neutering… the poor baby has a hurt paw he limps on =(
and at least $100 for cat supplies when I get home
Am I crazy or what… Ugh, I just know my dad will take him to the pound where he will surely be put down if I don’t take him, and I couldn’t stand that!
Post # 3
It’s easy to get attached to pets but how long has he been around and do you have the extra money to dish out right now? Plus you’ll be gone on your honeymoon which will make him feel lonely. Do you know of a friend that needs a pet. Take him to a shelter, they can take care of him and give him to a good home.
Post # 4
moved to pets section!
Thats awseome that your taking him in. Hard to believe some people just dump animals. 🙁
Post # 5
I love cats so I have to say that I probably would fly this one home too. I think its great that you are thinking about saving this little guy! I know how you feel about just taking him to a pound. Perhaps you could find a no-kill shelter in the area that might take him? When I lived in southern Illinois almost all the shelters had really high kill rates. We found a dog and actually kept him at our house while trying to find his owner because the shelter told us that if we left him there he would probably be put down by the end of the week : ( Luckily, after calling the police department and watching him for a few days his owner finally came forward and picked him up. I think if you really feel like you can afford to ship him and have the time to spend with the little kitty that it’s completely reasonable to adopt him. Good Luck : )
Post # 6
Totally worth it! I rescued one of my babies from a shelter and when I discovered she had multiple health issues, it made me bond with her even more. I thought who’s going to take care of her if I don’t? Like the cat you found she’s the sweetest, most loving cat in the world and she deserves to be taken care of like a princess. I literally spent thousands of dollars on her medical care and surgeries but I don’t regret it one bit. Money come and goes, and often times it goes to stupid things. I can’t think of anything more rewarding for spending it on than saving a life and being rewarded with years of unconditional love.
Post # 7
Can you look into flying Southwest (at least part of the way?) they fly pets for free that fit under your seat.
Post # 8
Hmmm. I care for over 40 feral cats, we have mini barns for most of them and a few do come in our house, that has less than 900 sq. ft. I spend over $400 a month on cat food. I consider it a great honor to do so.
Post # 9
@jamiemichelle: not crazy at all! I got a black and white fluffer nutter at the San Antonio Humane Society… problem is, I live in Oklahoma! x_x but i flew back up with her and it wasn’t that unreasonable of a fee at all – I flew Southwest.
totally worth it because now i get this all the time!
Post # 10
Definitely worth it. Also if cost is a problem I know that there are certain places that help with neutering and shots.
Post # 11
We aren’t going on a honeymoon… gotta love the military. I also feel like I need someone to keep me company because as soon as we get home my husband will be leaving for two months in officer school!
We have the money to spend, but it always seems like such an overwhelming cost when you adopt a pet… but I’m 100% positive this will be worth it. I love feeling that I’m giving him a second chance, but even more that I’m going to finally have a furry friend around the house!
Also, in our area all the shelters are kill… like 2-3 days. It is SO depressing to think about =(
Post # 12
@JamieMichelle- You aren’t crazy at all to take this cat, I’d do the same thing, especially if they are kill shelters around you. We adopted our 2 cats and get nothing but love from them, they are great companions. I think it’s worth the cost if you can afford it, which you said you can…so awesome! I can’t wait to see pictures of your new kitty!!
@elliestan- Your cat is adorable!
Post # 13
I don’t know if this was said but look into non-profit shelters. We have one in our area that offers discounted shots as well as discounted spay/neuter surgeries through a specific vet. It’s where we got our animals (if you get the animal there it’s free for all of it) and they make sure they aren’t cutting corners. See if you can’t find something like that in your area. We’re in Columbia though so it’s at Pets, Inc. if that’s not too far for you (I don’t know where you are in North Carolina). I think what you are doing is fantastic! Here’s the link to their website:
Post # 14
You are absolutely doing the right thing and I commend you. Thank you for taking him home. Now, the public demands pictures!
Post # 15
I’ll take a picture of him tonight… he “cats” around during the day :p
I named him Thomas Boots… lol
Post # 16
Can’t wait to see your new baby!