"Choosing trust over doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened." -Victoria Monfort

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cat Lady Problems...

So I come home from a long day of work, and working out, and this little kitten is curled up smack in the middle of my front door mat, waiting for me to feel sorry for it. Animals have sucker radar.

Ugh. For as much as I love animals, I've been pretty lucky with strays. The last stray cat I happened upon years ago, exmanfriend adopted, and just like that, problem solved!

Of course, I scooped this little guy up, and took him out back and gave him a can of cat food.

He barely came up for air while chowing down. I knew right then...that this cat was not going away.  I petted him and talked to him, and when I went inside....he cried outside my windows.

He pulled at my heart strings. Since I volunteer at a rescue, I already have to deal with everyone I know wanting to dump strays off on me. It's hard to say no.

But, I already have 4 senior cats, that aren't vaccinated, and one more cat, let alone a stray kitten is just not an option for me.

So, I'm doing the next best thing to taking him in. I'm going to take him into the semi-feral cat program at the rescue and get him neutered on the cheap, and set him back out to roam.

I will still try to find someone to adopt him, but even a cat lady has to know when to say "when". And at least I'll know I did my part to stop the cat over-population!


Debbie @ Live from La Quinta said...

You are so much more sensible than me! Which is why I have 7 dogs, 2 indoor cats, and numerous feral cats :-)

Teena in Toronto said...

There was a young kitty roaming around our terraces a couple years ago that I eventually caught. At that point we had two cats and a dog and Gord (in his wisdom) made us take it to the Humane Society. It was the right decision but it was soooo hard.

Fizzgig said...

oh it's not easy! I did bring him in for a spell but he hated the dog and cats. my cats have never hissed in their lives, and were perplexed at why this cat was doing it, they are family and grew up together and live very peacefully. I just think at this point in their lives (16, 14, and 2 twelve year olds) it's not fair to disrupt their golden years with another cat. I'd feel too guilty disrupting their last years with me. I really want him to find a home though, so I'm having him neutered. It's only $25 at the rescue. money well spent.

awe, i know it has to be hard, I volunteer at a rescue, but they don't take in strays, they rescue on their own, so I have nowhere to take him. I'll keep him outside and get him neutered. It's hard though!! I have such a hard time with homeless pets!