yesterday I dropped the remaining kittens off at the rescue. Our neighbor wound up with two of them so 3 went with me to the rescue lady's house but 1 came home with me. everyone in the house fell in love with the orange guy and i had fully intended upon not keeping any of them because we have so many animals as it is i really did not need another cat. but when i was leaving my husband and i were in tears over them leaving, he even called me in the car and asked me to stop driving so he could say goodbye to them one more time before they left. it was a mess.
so i get to the ladys house and she shows me into the area where she keeps them and she had a very nice setup and everything looked very clean, no smell, etc. and then i burst into tears. i couldn't say a word for the first 2 minutes i was there. i was very embarassed lol. then she talked for awhile and explained her procedures and poloicies and that made me feel a little better but not much. i guess i wasn't so sad that i was leaving them there in her care so they could find new homes but rather i was sad thinking about what the future held for them and would they find a home that would keep them forever or would they eventually wind up in a shelter and then dead. thats what upset me the most and i started crying again and then 1 more time when i went to kiss them goodbye and then the last time after i got in the car and drove away. so i left with the orange kitten. i just couoldn't think about him not finding a forever home and winding up dead in a shelter or pound somewhere so i had to bring him home.
if i didn't have 2 cats already i swear i would have kept everybody. my friend was laughing at me when i told her. not laughing in a bad way but she knows how much at some point when i'm done with school how i would like to do rescue and after my reaction yesterday she's not sure i'm cut out for it. my first foster dog i failed at and wound up keeping, i wound up keeping one of these kittens, how am i ever going to be able to let animals go to new homes. i'll probably wind up keeping everything and become one of those people who hoard animals. i am a sick mess lol.
i still have mommycat and am going to try and call the local rescue about her and see about getting her in with them. i do not mind caring for her but she will never adjust to being in my house, she hates the dogs and chased one of my cats the other day when i let her in to try her out. i just cant absorb the fact that she has to stay outside, especially during the winter. it kills me each night to leave her out there.
Awwww...that's so sweet. I'm sorry it was so hard on you to give them up. I know I could never do it without crying myself. I have Persians and people ask me why I didn't breed them instead of spaying everybody because I am so crazy about kittens. Primary reason is I don't want to contribute to the cat population even if they are purebreds. But the BIGGEST reason is because nobody would be good enough to have my kittens after I raised them. I'd end up one of those crazy cat hoarders too. I love that even your husband was upset!
"One cat just leads to another" - Ernest Hemingway
Don't worry, I am an emotional person too when it comes to things like this. I cry like a fool when I have to do anything similar to your situation or when we place any of our rescues, puppies, etc. Even my hubby cires sometimes when he was really attached.
Good News !! the kittens got adopted the very next afternoon after i dropped them off at the rescue !! AND they both went to the same home =) I was soooo happy to hear that. the rescue lady called me and told me the adoptive family plunked down 400.00 for the two of them, 250.00 they will get back once they provide proof they were both spayed. The family had cats in the past that were indoor only and lived to about 16yrs of age and the boy knew where I had picked their names from, so i was doubly impressed lol. their names come from a book series called Warriors which is about 4 cat clans living in the forest. Nobody I know has ever heard of the series ( they are kid's books )but if you like cats they are a pretty decent read.
Now I just need to work on getting momma a home. She's been spayed and vaccinated so this will never happen again at least with her.
If she likes to be outside so much, why don't you try to find her a barn home. Most people I know who have barn cats (mostly horse farms), have wonderful indoor(barn) places for them, and everyone spoils them. I am horribly allergic, so I keep my stuff boxed up lol. I made the mistake of leaving my saddle bad out to dry, and the next ride I think I sneezed a billion times lol.
Anyway, it may be worth looking into. good luck finding her the right home, and I am so glad all the kitties got loving homes. I am bad like that with small animals and of course my Aussies. God forbid i see one in rescue locally, it ends up on my website til if finds a home
You sound so much like me. We have 2 purebred Maine Coon cats and 8 more that are mixed breed rescues. They wandered onto our property cold, starving, abondoned, and even abused (one had been thrown out of a car moving at high speed down our street - done just for entertainment I'm sure). We do not have the heart to make God's creatures somebody else's problem - or leave someone else to end their lives prematurely, so at our house, the more the merrier. Thankfully, they all get along well, and we do not allow outdoor living for there are coyotes all over our rural area and that scares me.
As for your mom cat. My son took in an orange and white mom cat with 4 new babies about a year ago. He kept them fed and sheltered on his screened in porch, and on very cold winter nights they came into the house with his own cats. He took them all for shots and neutering, and after getting them to a healthy, people-friendly state, he worked with our local animal shelter to get them placed at PetSmart stores around the area, and gave the shelter a very handsome donation, too, for all the ones he couldn't help.
As for semi-ferral cats who may be living near you, see if you can find someone with some carpentry skills who can build a good sized "home" out of plyboard and shingle it too, if they know how to do that. Then fill it with fluffy, worn out blankets or towels and put it near your house, but positioned where the ferral cat will not feel threatened by people entering or leaving the house, or by any nearby coyotes or other possible habitat threats.
Well, that's what we do, so take it as advice if you like or ignore my rambling if you disagree. My husband and I have had more than 20 cats over a 30 year period; all of whom lived out their entire lives with us, once they came to be with us. Now, strays just seem to know to gravitate to our semi-rural property for care and comfort. Which they will always get from us, too.
"All things wise and wonderful; all creatures great and small; all things bright and beautiful; God has made them, made them all"