If they go to PetSmart, will you have any control over whether the pairs get adopted together?
You say that giving up these cats is as painful as losing a child. I understand completely, and my heart goes out to you. Given your own feelings, though, can you imagine what it will be like for your cats to lose you and then immediately get separated from each other? They'll be so lonely and disoriented.
I'm not writing this message to criticize you or make you any sadder than you already are. Please believe me; I'm not trying to be unkind. I'm just hoping that maybe there are some other options you haven't explored yet?
Lori F. is owned by:
Sadie, the four-legged dog
Martin, the three-legged cat
Paul, the two-legged husband