(Closed) That was WAY harder than I thought it would be…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

How old is your cat?  Did you try to find a home for him with a friend?  Did you do anything before taking him to the SPCA?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

@sleepingbeauty88:  I’m so very sorry you had to go through that.  Are the cats already at the SPCA?  If not, do you have any friends or family members that could take him?

I made the decision to give up my cats for the sake of my marriage, but my parents and grandparents took them (and believe me, they are MUCH happier then they would have been living full-time with DH).  It was the hardest thing, but there was no other choice.

BIG, BIG HUGS!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

That sounds really hard, and I’m sorry, but don’t beat yourself up over it.  I’m an avid animal lover, and Mr. 99 and I have seriously lucked out so far with the animals we’ve got in our home, lord knows it’s a recipe for disaster should one of them decide to pull a personality 180 on us.  The fact is that all we’re ever able to do is our best, and if you did that, your done.  I know it doesn’t assuage your guilt just now, but keep asking yourself what else you could have done….seriously, you did you best, and that’s plenty for anyone.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Did you try to find your cat a home via Craigslist or any cat rescue groups in your area?

If you didn’t, it’s not too late to go back and get the cat and try to find a good home before they euthanize him.

Here is one in VA: http://www.catrescueinc.org/

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could try an ad on craigslist

 

 

At the shelter, you can offer to pay for his food in order to keep him off of the euthanasia list

 

I’m sorry but I believe that you owe it to your pets to try everything in your power to find them good homes if you can’t keep them—and dropping him off to the pound is a death sentence

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

A 12 year old cat in an overcrowded shelter has little or no chance of being adopted.  If he already has anxiety issues, the shelter situation will not help that.  Honestly, it would have been kinder to take him to the vet and have him euthanized than to put a senior boy in a shelter.  

I am really trying to be nice here, but having pulled a cat from an impound, (and shelters are usually only a step above pound, if that)….I cannot imagine the terror your cat is feeling right now.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Miss Apricot:  I have to whole heartedly agree with this. The second i heard he will probably be euthanized i thought for sure you would take him back and just deal with him.  He has no chance of adoption. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Had you taken him to the vet to make sure there was nothing physically wrong with him to cause the personality change?  Cats are sensitive creatures, and behavioral issues can often be a sign of illness.  I’m sorry, but I agree with Apricot, Swizzle, and Athame…  He is your responsibility.  Knowing he’s probably so scared and likely to be euthanized, can you get him back and figure something else out?  It’s the compassionate thing to do.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

@Miss Apricot:  Right on the money, per usual.

OP, did you ever watch any episodes of My Cat From Hell? It’s on Animal Planet, usually on Saturday nights. Jackson Galaxy really has some amazing tips and techniques for working with cats who are, well, from hell. It takes a commitment to change a behaviour (human or animal) but he has turned around some really crazy cats.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Miss Apricot:  I 100% agree. I’m really trying to be understanding, but I agree that taking the cat to be euthanized yourself would have been a much fairer (for lack of a better word) way to go. I wish I lived in that area and could pick thup little guy up 🙁

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Miss Apricot:  is totally right.

He’s twelve, and you left him there?  There is ZERO chance he will be adopted.

I would go back, pick him up, and take him to the vet to be put down.  It’s the kinder thing to do.  Otherwise, he’s going to spend the last few days of his life absolutely terrified.  At least this way, he could be put down before experiencing several days of terror.

I’m not going to say anything more than that because otherwise I’m going to get really, really, REALLY mean.

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