Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Washington State
I don't know what I would do if he comes back again. His first home he went to with his brother, and he was a very nervous guy. When he came back, he was much less nervous, but still really jumpy. He's calmed down tremendously in the last month or so and I really think he'll be "okay" now. I screen homes differently for each of my cats....Ivan went to a house with a somewhat rowdy 5 year old and a woman who had never owned cats before but is very willing to learn and take advice. He's a rowdy kitten himself and "durable" enough that won't be a problem for him. For Helios, I am screening for a quiet home, no small children, no other pets, preferably indoor/outdoor, previous cat experience. He doesn't have all that here with me. I think it will work wonders for him. I've had two emails so far that sound promising.
If he comes back again, it depends on what the problem is. If it is a "relapse" he may need to stay with me. If it just doesn't work out for some other reason (allergies, moving, personality) I could try rehoming him again, or as an outdoor only cat, or depending on the time frame (we are trying to buy land and build a bigger house, which will influence how many cats we can have), we may end up keeping him.
At this point it depends mostly on him. I'm screening for a specific home for him, but it'll be up to him what happens next. No matter what, I will always take any of my fosters back at any point in their lives for any reason. I am a permanent safety net for them. Of course my goal is to do what's best for them, so if that's what he needs, that's what he'll have. I don't think he's so "damaged" that he'll need to stay here forever though. He had a specific problem and I think we've got it fixed. Only way to know for sure though is to try it out.