- 5 years ago
After my fiancé passed away I adopted a kitten so I wouldn’t feel so alone in my home but after about 3 months I couldn’t keep up on my bills and had to downsize. I couldn’t find a place to lease that accepted cats so my mother and stepdad took my kitten for me. The deal was I would get her when I was back on my feet and able to find a new place.
Fast forward 2 years. I move to a new townhome that accepts 1 cat per home! Buuuuuut My step dad and my cat are best friends now and I don’t have the heart to separate them. She has become his cat and they are hilarious together. I adopt a adult male cat since I’m adjusted to a single income and back on my feet financially.
Fast forward another 3 years. My mother decides to divorce my step dad and now his cat is really all he has left.
Fast forward to last week. I get a call that my stepdads apartment building has been purchased and they are kicking everyone out to demolish and rebuild a larger complex. Stepdads been trying to find a place that accepts cats but none are in his price range (he’s just like me 6 years ago) and he has to find a home for her ASAP.
Last week from the moment I got the news until Friday. I can’t take her because I already have a new cat and SO has a dog so it’s already going to be hard when we move in together. I’m broken hearted and calling every person I know. I’m calling animal rescue, pet adoption, adoption fairs, you name it I’m calling it. I’m getting hit with the words sorry and no. I’m being told they may have to use multiple fosters because it’s much harder to find someone who wants to adopt an adult cat. I told my SO how awful this is and to please keep his ears open. I could not stand the thought of her going to a shelter or getting passed around foster homes until she ended up in a shelter.
My SO went above and beyond. He posted on all his social sites. When he didn’t get enough responses he called every person in his contact list and found out that his aunts co worker had been talking about adopting an adult cat. Her previous cat of 15 years passed away a few months ago. He got that co workers number from his aunt and called her. He interviewed her and found that she was a very sweet person who planned on keeping the cat indoors (this is big) and already has toys, food, and a litter box ready to go. She was excited that he found her when she had been planning to start searching for a cat on Sunday.
Sunday comes. We pick up the cat to take her to her new home. My step dad (who is a big manly guy I have never seen cry) is fighting tears and handing me the blanket I had brought her to him with. It was the one I used to line the cat carrier 6 years ago. He said at least she’ll have something form home in her new place. The cat is crying, my stepdad is crying and now I’m in the car while my SO drives the hour towards the new owners home. I’m bawling my eyes out and having a full blown guilt ridden panic attack. The ugliest of ugly cries. What if this new owner isn’t as good a cat parent as we think? What if the cat never adjusts? What if I’m the worst person in the world right now because I should have found a way to make keeping her work? Just turn the car around I’m keeping her!
Now here is just another reason I love SO…
He says… It’s going to be ok baby. I know what this cat has meant to you and your family, but I really think you should meet this person before you decide to change your mind and get in trouble with your complex. If the new owner wasn’t a cat person she wouldn’t be looking for an adult cat. That means she’s like you. She’s not changing your cats name. That means she’s thoughtful. She had already purchased stuff for a cat and her home is already prepared for her. That means she’s responsible. Her last cat died strictly from old age. That means she took good care of it. Do you think you can give her a chance?
Those words calmed me down. He was right. I met her and she was the sweetest person ever. Her place was a perfect fit for our family cat and she said I can visit or call whenever I need to. She got my email so she can send me update pictures. I’m so happy to have such an awesome SO. First he finds this wonderful cat parent and then he calms me down when I’m at my worst.
Sunday was pretty hard but SO was with me every step of the way and I don’t even think I could have done it without him.