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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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URGENT ... advice needed

looks like i have to give my 6 year old cat away folks (pic of her below). im starting a new lorry driving job in a months time. im in northern ireland and the jobs in england which means ill only be at home a couple of days every couple of weeks which of course wouldnt be fair on my cat so unfortunately it has come to this.

i live on my own so theres no one else here to look after her. theres a couple of families who live in the countryside who said they might look after her but even if this happens (and i have my doubts whether either family will take her) there will be problems because fluff is such a shy, fussy eating, likes her own space house cat... she might have great difficulty adapting to a completely different life.

everyone remarks how shy she is and i take the blame for this because for the first year of her life there wasnt a catflap & i was so scared to let her out the door incase something happened so im guessing thats why.

anyway at the minute i dont have too many options and im starting to panic. id be so happy if i could find a good home which in time she could hopefully settle and live happily ever after.

on a couple of occasions when i was away on a weeks holidays my mother who called in and fed her said she did nothing but cry and never ate.

it really is the only thing on my mind at the moment i love her to bits. ive heard horror stories (not sure whether theyre true or not) about when owners had to give there cats away & they died of a broken heart.

shes so reliant on me, always at my side when im home. when i leave for work in the mornings shes at the kitchen window saying goodbye and the neighbours tell me everyday exactly 5 mins before im home she comes out to greet me.

what other options have i?

HELP!

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Please don't blame yourself for your cat's personality. That's something we have no control over. It's a sad situation, having to say goodbye to a companion. Have you contacted vets in your area? They might know of a family who's looking for a quiet, shy cat.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 11:25 AM
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Is it possible to move closer to your job so you wouldn't be away?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-12-2005, 12:03 PM
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I think you were right to keep her in the house. She is safer there. So, please don't feel bad about that. If you paid a fee at the apartment or sleeping room where you are staying, would the owner allow you to keep Fluff with you? Or would it be feasible to move closer, as Cat Whisperer suggested? I know how difficult it is to part with a beloved pet.

I don't know what facilities there are in Ireland to help place a cat, but I will do a search and post if I find anything. I hope you find a solution. God bless.




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There are plenty of people looking for a quiet, shy cat who likes to stay indoors. You'll be surprised.
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took her an hour ago to the vets to get her annual vaccination. even that was an ordeal for her. especially the car.

thanks TIMSKITTIES i was talking to the vet and they suggest i put a notice on their notice board and gave me telephone numbers of 2 other places (mid antrim animal sanctuary & cat protection league in belfast) that have notice boards.

moving closer wouldnt really work THE CAT WHISPERER cause ill be working 6 0r 7 days a week at 2 or 3 weeks at a time. and anyway ill be sleeping in the cab of the lorry.

thanks for the kind words JEANIE as i already said to timskitties my local vet gave me a couple of ideas as to what to do. if you find anything else definitely post it. cheers.

fingers crossed your right SHENGMEI.
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I'm pleased that your prospects of placing your cat are looking good, but I just want to say that my heart goes out to you. I'm sure this is very difficult for you. God bless. Please keep us updated.




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