I need opinions, advise, and comfort...(long)
As some of you know my 2 cats live with my dad while my husband and I are living with his parents to save up money. Last night we got back from our trip to North Dakota and we set up the cat tree we got in the mail while we were gone and we decided to take it to my dad's house. While we were at my dad's house some things happened that made me decide to find a new home for my cats (I think...)
A little background information:
My dad drinks, and when he drinks he gets angry. This is part of the reason I moved in with my at-the-time fiance and his parents. My husband and I were planning on getting a place of our own in August and taking the cats back then. We could keep them here, but my mother-in-law is allergic to cats and we would have to keep them outside. This time of year is the worst for cats to try and get used to living outside in Colorado (rain, wind, snow, etc.). Not only that, but we live in the mountains and there are all sorts of wild animals roaming free. I don't think I can trust my dad alone with the cats anymore. Also, my husband is allergic to the cats and I don't want him to suffer when we get our own place. My husband never once told me he wanted me to get rid of my cats, but because of his allergies they would be confined to only three rooms of our furture condo (the living room, the kitchen, and the laundry room). Casey (my husband) has made comments that maybe the cats can just stay outside, but I don't want that. I would rather have them live somewhere where they can stay inside all they want and go outside on hot summer days (like they do now).
I guess I need opinions/advise on a few questions:
If we decide to keep the cats:
1. Since I can't trust my dad with my cats anymore, if my husband and I brought the cats up here to live outside, would that be hard on them especially due to the weather? Plus, how unsafe do you think it would be with the wild animals around here?
2. Are there things we could do to help Casey and his allergies when we get our own place?
If I decide to give them to a better home:
1. Do any of you have any ideas on how to find them a good home?
2. Do any of you cat lovers live in Colorado and want to adopt my two very attractive and playful babies?
One final question...If we decide to keep the cats, but don't want them living here in the mountains, is there ANYONE who would be willing to take them temporarily (until August or so) so that they wouldn't have to live with my dad anymore? Or does anyone here have an idea of how I could find someone to take my cats temporarily?
I need comfort during this time because this is the second time I've had to give up an animal in the last 2 years. I got a black labrador as a puppy and as soon as it grew up my dad hated hit and practically made me give him away. I'm tired of giving away animals, it hurts so much and I don't know if I can do it again. I love Angel and CJ (my cats) and I want what's best for them!
I apologize for this being so long, but if anyone did read it all I would really appreciate any help!