August 23, 2011 11 Comments
Just in the last few weeks:
Dusty’s owner has suddenly become allergic – after eight years; she’s a beautiful, apparently purebred Ragdoll.
Minuit is on the verge of euthanasia because her owners can’t deal with her being diabetic; it’s something that can be managed by taking her off the dry food she’s been eating.
Mousam was found starving, and hanging around the yard of a residence in Old Lyme; he’s sweet and friendly and has been vet-checked as healthy.
A very large friendly black cat and tiger kitty, who appear to be companions, were left at the door of a veterinarian.
A pair of tiger kitties was dropped off at the East Haven Shelter, which is at capacity.
I received an email regarding a pair of adult cats who are on the verge of being given up because there’s a new baby in the household.
These cats have all had homes, but for some reason are becoming cast-offs. They’re socialized and friendly. They don’t understand why they’ve been
thrown away. It seems as if when people adopt cats and things get a bit bumpy, the cats are the first to go.
When you adopted that kitty, you made a commitment to care for her for life. It’s a commitment that should not be taken lightly.
And these are adult kitties, which make them harder to adopt out.
The new boyfriend doesn’t like cats. He pushes away your beloved, longtime companion and makes disparaging remarks. Should you get rid of her to please him? Chances are, his attitude toward your cat will ultimately be deflected to you. If you give up your cat, what else would he want you to give up?
The economy is bad and finances are tight. Would giving up your cat really fix your budget? It might help superficially, but she’s been with you through thick and thin and now is not the time to break a bond that’s gotten you through tough times. While many landlords refuse to accept pets, try playing “let’s make a deal.” Offer to put up a bit more deposit, or let the landlord check periodically to make sure the apartment is well maintained.
Locally, the Cosgrove Animal Shelter in Branford has a list of pet-friendly apartments.
The allergy factor – whether it’s the fiancé or the baby – there are ways to deal with it.
Sorry to be snappish, but it’s often an excuse for not putting effort into working out a solution. Wash your hands and don’t rub your eyes. Bathe the cat; use dander-controlling wipes and sprays. Keep the cat out of the bedroom. Improve the cat’s diet. Use a Hepa filter.
New baby in the household or expecting? Some preparation ahead of time will make the transition easier. The Internet has tons of information. Check out my article here. It can be as simple as letting your cat smell the baby clothes or purchasing a CD with baby noises. They’re curious creatures! Having a baby is stressful and spending time petting you cat can be a stress reducer. After all she was your first baby.
Cats – or any pet for that matter—are not disposable. It’s that mentality that has led to the growth of feral cat colonies despite the efforts of many small hard-working rescue groups such as the Branford Compassion Club, Forgotten Felines in Clinton, Conn., and Kitten Associates in Newtown, Conn., which heroically rescues cat from southern shelters that have high kill rates. These are groups found in my area and represent only the tip of the iceberg. A few clicks of the mouse will take you to one in your area that needs your support.