Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Peoples Republic of Illinois
Adopting a cat from shelter, having reservations.
Last week I had to put my sweet Sadie to sleep for medical reasons. I'm planning to adopt another cat from the local Humane Society, and have been visiting for the last 2 days, "auditioning" kitties.
I've found one that I've absolutely fallen in love with, but I'm afraid my home may not be the best for her.
She's 8 years old, according to the shelter, although from an appearance standpoint and temperment perspective, she seems MUCH younger. I question how accurate the listed age is. She's a loving lap cat, and has resided in one of the shelter's "community rooms" (5-10 of the more socialized cats living in a large room together rather than in cages) since July of 2009. She's been there longer than any of the other cats.
My guess is that prospective adopters are scared by her morbid obesity. She is grossly overweight. She's a lump with a tiny head. She can walk and jump up onto the couch she resides on, but she obviously does not engage in any regular exercise.
If she is indeed 8 years old, I fear back and pelvic problems aren't far away.
I'm not in a very good position to do dedicated mealtimes or to put her on a special food; I live alone and am away for 1-2 days frequently, so I free feed dry for my 3 other cats (Natural Balance Pea & Duck).
So would my adopting her really be helping her? I believe that the NB would be better for her than what she's currently getting at the shelter, but probably not the wet-only diet she truly needs to lose her weight.
On the other hand, with "kitten season" just around the corner, and the likelihood that the shelter will be absolutely inundated with cats and kittens, as they are every spring, I worry about the future of a cat who is perceived as "unadoptable". She deserves a better fate than a needle just because they need her spot in the room.
Maybe I'm overreacting, but I worry for her, but at the same time don't want to give her a "bad home" for her particular situation...