(Closed) Is this fair for my cat?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should I Move Kitty?
    No, he has it good at home and his physical condition is fragile : (30 votes)
    60 %
    Yeah, cats can adapt and you can drug him for the trip up : (20 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Sounds like life is better for the kitty where he is currently with access to the outdoors.

    you could speak with your vet about a tranquilizer for the long car ride, however if you wanted to try bringing him and see how he settles in.

    Post # 4
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    404 posts
    Helper bee

    I moved two cats a super long way (like 6 hours in the car) we had tranquilizers for them, but they were both young and fit. I’d actually talk to your vet about it in general.

    Is he happy with your parents? Do they love him? It might be best to leave him and get a kitty that’ll be happy in you new house.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i had to leave my dog at my mom’s house when i moved out (i was living at home). my dog was used to the house and having access to the backyard. she was also attached to my mom. it was super hard to leave her but i couldn’t take her and i wasn’t moving too far away so i could visit. now i’m back in the same town but i would never take her from my mom. she has a good life and loves my mom (and vice versa). i think you should leave your kitty with your parents and adopt a new kitty. don’t feel guilty because your kitty has a great home with your parents.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    Have you talked to your vet? I had a poodle who got car sick. We were able to give him a mild sedative so he could make it to and from wherever we needed. That is, if you feel that moving him would be best.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think a cat that age should remain in the home where they are acclimated and comfortable.  I say you and FI get your own little kitty.

    Post # 10
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    404 posts
    Helper bee

    @lauraashley09:  Sounds like it would be best to leave him where he is… Cats are creatures of habit, so he’ll probably be happiest to stay with your parents. You can always go visit and give him lots of kitty cuddles.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I had a cat when I lived with my parents and I just adored her but she was really attached to my mom too. I couldn’t bring myself to take her away from her home and the other people that she loves, so I ended up leaving her there. I got 2 kittens when I moved into my house (they’re now 2 years old and worthless haha) and I go visit my old kitty all the time. It really worked out best for me and I think for the kitties, especially my 2 now that I adopted.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It sounds like your kitty has a really good life where he’s at. You aren’t being a traitor by getting a new cat – you’re being humane. You will still be able to visit him on special occasions and he will still love you, but personally, I think the transition would devastate him.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would keep him where he is at.

    We are deciding the same thing with my dog, Furby. He has a hernia on his side and coughs a lot, and rather than moving him to a whole enw house now that we can have him my parents told me to leave him with them since he’s comfortable and doesn’t have to manage steps.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    i was in this exact same situation in college! i got my kitty when i was 16, and when i left for college i had to leave her behind. when i was 23, i moved into an apartment that finally allowed pets and i really wanted a cat to keep me company, but i knew my cat got really anxious in new surroundings and thought she might have a heart attack or something! i ended up adopting a cat of my own and left my old kitty at my parents, and i felt terribly guilty. i made sure i visited my old kitty as much as possible and always brought her treats and toys, but i always felt like a traitor 🙁 luckily my mom took very good care of her for me, but it sure was hard.

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