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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Adopting from Craiglist

I need some advice from people who have adopted a cat from craigslist before. As hard as I try, I still can't get rid of the idea that I really want another orange tabby, even though Fred has brought us back up to three cats. I had never considered craigslist before, but orange tabbies, especially kittens, usually go fast in the shelters. I learned very quickly that "free" kittens from craigslist will end up being more expensive than a $25 kitten from the shelter who is already vaccinated and spayed/neutered. But in my search I found this guy: http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/pet/1798456392.html. He's already neutered so that takes a huge expense off me. I've emailed the person giving him up, but like the post said, she's only had him for 6 months and thinks he was dumped by his owners. If someone is so irresponsible to just dump their cat, how can I know that he has been taken care of by them? One of my concerns is cost. I'm prepared to provide him food, toys, a clean litterbox plus vaccinations, flea/heartworm prevention, annual vet visits and other medical issues that may arise in the future. I'm not prepared to take on a cat that has serious medical issues up front. Not only for the cost reasons, but I also don't want to expose my current cats to any serious health problems. I would keep him separate at least until he can see a vet to make sure he can't get the other sicks. But I also don't know if I am mentally or emotionally prepared to adopt a cat who could have something serious where I'd have to immediately get him a new home or even put him to sleep. I know that adopting a cat like this guy off craiglist is helping to prevent him from going to the shelter or worse. But at the same time adopting a cat from the shelter makes room for all the cats waiting to be put in the adoption program. And I know that cats are the shelter are basically healthy - no serious issues (FIV/feluek) and have been treated for less serious issues (infections, heartworm) and they are all spayed/neutered and given all age-appropriate vaccinations.

I'm not very good at dealing with death, so I think I'm not sure what to do because Leo hasn't been gone very long. I'm about 90% sure I don't want another kitten. They are so adorable, but I've learned how heartbreaking (and expensive) it can be having a kitten. The only memories I have of Leo is of him as a kitten, so for now I want all my orange tabby kitten memories to be of Leo and not someone else. I'm not too worried about getting a fourth cat and I know I'll give a new cat a good home. Deciding to adopt Fred was such an easy decision for me, I don't know why I'm having such a hard time with this one.

Aside from all that, I feel tremendous guilt about adopting orange tabbies. They are not as common in the shelter and when they are there, they don't stay long. I feel like I could be adopting a cat that would have more trouble finding a new home than a cat that would easily get adopted by someone else. Every time I brought my three cats in for their first visit, the vets tell me how happy they are that I've adopted a black cat. I realize I can't save every animal who needs help, but I feel like I should do what I can for a cat who might need me more than another cat does.

So I don't know what to do about this... Any help/advice/suggestions would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Adopting from Craiglist

I do realize that I started out asking about craigslist and ended up talking about very different problems. (I tend to get off track, lose my train of thought, and ramble, hence the "Spacey" in my name...) Advice is always appreciated on dealing with guilt/death but I know ultimately I'm the only one who can fix that problem. But I definitely need advice on getting a cat off craigslist!
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 03:35 PM
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I don't have experience with adopting off Craig's List (oh Marrriiiieeeeee.......), but I was surprised to see what you said about orange cats going fast in shelters. Is that true? I've never heard that. Murphy had been at the shelter 1.5 months when I found him on the listings, but if I hadn't come along who knows how many more months he might have been there. (He wasn't out in the adoption area where anyone could have seen him.)


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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 03:45 PM
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I'd like to believe that, but I've also adopted a 2-year old cat from a shelter and ended up losing her 2 years later to a serious illness. Then I adopted another 2-year old from a shelter, and he hasn't had a single health issue in the 2 years we've had him.


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I was surprised to see what you said about orange cats going fast in shelters. Is that true?
October -- I asked the volunteer/foster coordinator at the shelter about this when I really started thinking about another orange tabby last month. I noticed a lot less orange tabbies so I asked if they were less common or just adopted more. She said that they really are just adopted faster. When I've looked through their intake rooms full of cats waiting to be reviewed/vetted there is a much higher proportion of orange tabbies than in their adoption rooms. I haven't been volunteering long, but from what I've seen, the orange tabbies don't usually stay more than a couple weeks once they're available for adoption. Many of the orange tabby kittens are actually requested by people before they're ready, so go to a home without spending time in the adoption rooms. I've only seen one orange tabby cat that has been at the shelter more than a couple months. At that point they put her in a PetSmart to get her more attention. I'm not sure if she has been adopted yet, but she hasn't been there too long yet. I think the ones that do take longer to adopt are usually scared and hiding under furniture so they don't get noticed.
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I know I could get a cat that has illness later on no matter where I get it. I got my little Leo from the shelter when he was 2.5 months and he was healthy overall aside from a little ringworm. But 9 months later he ended up with FIP and passed away.

The woman who posted this ad seems like she tried doing a good thing by taking in an abandoned cat either in spite of her child's health issues or later found out about the health issues. I asked her if he was vaccinated and she said that he has not seen a vet in the last 6 months but she did no he's not current on vaccinations. I did kind of wonder why she seemed so confident that he's not up to date on vaccines but was unsure about him seeing a vet recently before she took him in. She hasn't mentioned a rehoming fee yet, so it doesn't she's just trying to sell me a sick cat. But all of this assumes she is telling the truth about everything. I'm not sure how trusting I want to be of craigslist ads.
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I got Cinderella and Cleo from Craigslist. Cinderella was in perfect health and I was given her complete medical records from when she was 5-6 weeks old. The woman I adopted Cleo from wasn't honest about her, and she became sick a few weeks after I adopted her. I don't know why she lied to me about Cleo being an indoor/outdoor kitty, but because she did, when I took her in for her "new kitty" check-up, she wasn't given a dewormer because I was told she was indoors only. She had parasites. Easily treated normally, but because I didn't know why her third eyelids were showing, I took her to the E.R. and several tests were run. grrrrrrrrrrr

Ask the woman if you can take the cat to the vet and get him checked out, and if there are any health problems, you can return him. That's really the only way I can see that you'll know if he's healthy. On one hand, you would have done this anyway if you adopted him, right? On the other, if he has problems you don't want to deal with, you've spent money on a cat you're returning.

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I appreciate all the advice. I think on this one my gut feeling is that this kitty isn't the one for me. On paper, he's great: good with cats and dogs, very sweet and loving, a good dark orange. He's five years old which makes me want even more to get him a chance because I don't know what will happen to him if I don't take him. I haven't gone to see him yet, but I don't know if I feel like he's the one for me when I look at his pictures. It's the guilt of a five year old cat who needs a home that takes over and makes me want him. As long as he's healthy overall and there aren't problems with my existing cats, I don't think I would regret adopting him. But I've had my eye on another orange tabby at the shelter. http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/16704569 As soon as I first saw his picture I kept getting drawn back to it. I've volunteered twice at the shelter in the last few days, and I couldn't find him anywhere in the cat rooms so I thought they just didn't get him off the website right away. I found out this evening that had been hiding in the clinic because he had some swelling around his neuter incision and needed to be checked every day. His incision is better, but he does have a URI. They said he improved quickly which is a good sign. But it means that he won't be in the cat rooms for awhile. Instead he'll be hiding in a back corner of the intake area for cats, where none of the cats are available for adoption yet. The cages for sick cats are actually in a room that I didn't even think I was allowed in. So no one else should get him before I get there tomorrow after work unless they specifically ask for him. Since I'm a volunteer, they let me go back into the clinic to see him and I wanted him as soon as I got to his cage. He let out this little meow that sounded just like Leo's "I'm sleepy and want you to cuddle with me and pet me" meow. And overall he reminds me of Leo just enough, but in a good, makes me feel happy kind of way. So I think my mind is made up, as long as Red isn't adopted before tomorrow afternoon.

If nothing else, I've learned that no matter what, I need to stop looking on craigslist and I should probably stop going into the shelter intake room unless I have a specific cat picked out before I go in there.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 10:28 PM
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Red looks so precious, and it does indeed seem like Red would be the one for you.

After I read your post, I made the mistake of going on Craigslist...."free 9-wk-old male kitten" in my town. I almost want to adopt him just to keep him from going to bad people who are attracted to the "free" part.
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I recently adopted an orange and white kitten from Craigslist. Her previous owner was pregnant and could no longer handle cat litter. She also had a young child and did not think she could handle two kids and a kitten once she had her baby. This 7 month young kitten was already spayed and the picture she sent was really cute, reminded me of one of my childhood orange tabby kitten which had ran away because my family would not allow me to bring a cat into the house. (or most likely a mean neighbor reported her to the ASPCA because she kept meowing all night long and keeping her up).

I was skeptical at first but then it turned out that this cat's name was Pumpkin and that is the same name as my first orange kitty and the name of my cat that recently passed away. I took that as a sign that it was meant to be. Anyway, I met with the pregnant lady and asked her many questions regarding the kitten's vaccinations and health. She gave me the name of her vet which I confirmed the information. When I first saw this little baby, she was meowing like crazy and was really cute. I picked her up and she was a purring machine. I instantly fell in love.

So adopting from Craigslist is not always a bad thing. As long as you do your homework and ask the right questions about the cat, you will be doing a good deed for a cat that really needs you. Here are pics of my Little Pumpkin http://www.myspace.com/littlepumpkin2010
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