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!