(Closed) Thinking about rehoming a cat

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I rehomed my cat after having her for four years.  Same issues, almost exactly.  Peeing on the couch.  Peeing on the floor.  Hissing and clawing at my cat, dogs, me, my baby.  She peed on the baby’s chair one day and that was it, I was over it.  I put a craigslist ad up for her with some cute pictures.  I got an e-mail about a week later from someone.  She ended up in an apartment with an older woman whose kids had already gone off to college.  Now that she’s the only animal in the household she’s an angel, and the woman who adopted her spoils her rotten.  She never hisses or claws anymore and pees where she is supposed to.

You won’t get any argument from me, if your cat doesn’t fit in your household, maybe she would be happier being an “only cat.”  I have some tips on craigslisting a pet if you want them.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It sounds like you’ve done everything you can to improve the situation, and she’s still not having it. I agree with MightySapphire, I think she needs a home where she’s the sole pet, because she clearly doesn’t play well with others.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

@beekiss: Because it’s behavioral, you can’t be sure the cat will do it in another environment.  After discussing it with my vet, she said that it’s likely the cat wouldn’t do it as long as there were no other cats using “her” litterbox.  So if you rehome her as an “only cat” she probably won’t have issues.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had the same problem with one of my cats.  I also didn’t know how to rehome her without telling others the truth about why I needed to do so with one cat and not the other.  I put her on craigslist about a year ago with no explanation.  There were no takers.  We’ve hung on for a while but we decided yesterday morning that the time has definitely come.  I’d appreciate any advice about how to find a  new home for her.  

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MightySapphire: great advice!

You have to do what is best for the family as a whole, plus I’m sure she will be happier as an only pet

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had a inside cat one time….. ONE TIME. It started peeing on my carpet in one spot and it use to make me so mad…. when it peed on my brand new couch and I almost lost it. I gave it away the next day. I will NEVER have a cat anymore. dont feel bad for giving it away. your tried your best. Hope she finds a new home soon!!!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Unfortunately pets are a dime a dozen at the moment, so many over crowded shelters, not enough homes.

Hopefully you can get some good craiglist tips on how to markety your kitty for a great fur-ever home!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper

I had a similar issue with my cat after we got our two dogs. Due to the decreased attention he refused to use his litterbox and instead would poop and pee right next to it. We tried everything we could think of and after consulting with the vet determined it wasn’t anything physical, but rather he was throwing tantrums if you will.

We ended up rehoming him after much debate because he clearly wasn’t happy in our home any longer without full and complete attention (which he used to recieve). I felt enormous guilt but in the end the family that adopted him reported back that he no longer had the issues and was seemingly happy in his new home.

I do think about him every once in awhile and wonder.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@beekiss: I’m sorry, this must be tough :(. What I would do is post something on craigslist with some photos. Include if she’s spayed & up to date on shots & that she comes with vet records (if you have those) & a little about her personality. In the ad I’d put something like “needs to be the only cat”. I wouldn’t write about her non-litterbox use in the ad. When a person comes to meet her, tell them that she does it because of the other cats & they can do a trial period & they can bring her back if it doesn’t work out.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Please be careful about re-homing. That may be a good solution, but there are a lot of people who look for “free pets” for very bad purposes. You also might want to ask your vet about medication. There are some that are relatively inexpensive.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

They do have animal behaviorists that specialize in cats, (think “My Cat From Hell” on Animal Planet”).  I would contact one and see if they think she can be worked with, or if they think she should be rehomed.  The fact that she doesn’t seem to get along with your other cats does seem to indicate she may do better in a a home where she was the only cat.  

If you do rehome her, charge an adoption fee.  It doesn’t have to be large, but even a small fee tends to weed out some of the weirdos.  I would also look at some local rescues’ adoption applications so you can get some idea of what questions to ask potential owners.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just wanted to let you know that I work with a volunteer organization that specializes in rescuing and finding homes for cats. Your cat is exchibiting classic “princess” behaviour. In other words, they are not living well with other animals around.

Don’t feel bad about rehoming her. She needs a home with no children or older children only and no other pets to be happy. I see it all the time 🙂

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