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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-29-2015, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Advice, please.

Not sure if this is the right place to post but I'm sure moderators will move if necessary.

I volunteer with homeless people. One of the success stories is a young woman with a child who gave birth whilst homeless but now has a home.

She already has a small dog, a hamster (that I am worried about), a couple of goldfish.

This afternoon, despite my advice about going slowly, she is getting a kitten. I have already sorted the kitten to be spayed in tie but I am sooooo out of my comfort zone.

Please don't slap me down. I know I can be over opinionated and have offended some but i really don't know where to go here beyond what I've done.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-29-2015, 10:21 AM
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Maybe you could reach out to her as a friend and explain the expenses involved with pet ownership, especially veterinary costs if a dog or cat becomes ill or injured. Ask if you can help her with her budget to see if adding the cat is really feasible at this time.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-29-2015, 12:39 PM
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I agree with NebraskaCat that it should be explained to her what it costs to maintain a cat for a year, and that if the cat should get sick or injured, vet expenses can be very costly.

However, you should also give her some links to organizations that can help out with vet expenses for those who may not be able to afford them. I would leave it up to her to decide if she can take on this additional expense. Also, stress to her that a cat that is allowed to be an outdoor cat is at great risk for being killed or injured by vehicles or other cats/dogs, at risk for getting worms, fleas etc. all of which need vet assistance. It is easier to keep a cat indoors from the time its a kitten, and not given the freedom to be an outdoor cat.

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