Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Violent singing stalking starving formal feral cat
Sigh, I've adopted another one. Or rather, he adopted me and I had no choice in the matter. His name is Edward.* He was originally feral, and has lived in my backyard on and off for about two years, but recently decided he would rather be a pet.
And he decided it with a vengence. He started wanting 24/7 attention, and would sing very loud opera to convey this fact. If we pet him, he would work himself into a frenzy that culminated in biting and slashing. If we didn't pet him, it would happen anyway. He was so violent that we had to start carrying squirt guns for self-defense.
Six months of behaviorial modification later, he is doing SO much better. Since it's been unusually cold this winter, I started letting him spend nights on the porch with Greg and Gladys, and while they aren't overjoyed, they've been tolerating him. So finally I just let him move in.
He's still a handful: he welds himself to my every step, still works into the occasional frenzy if you aren't careful when you pet him, and is a bottomless pit of appetite. He also appears to have taken the alpha position away from Greg, which worries me, because Greg is my absolute favorite cat in the universe, and I want him to be happy. Greg and Gladys are FIV+ and Edward is not, so there's some risk to him (from infection if they should have a serious fight) and to them (from stress, which could worsen their illness).
Now here is my dilemma: An aquaintance has offered to adopt Edward. I have explained his issues in detail, and she still wants him and is willing to work with him. She seems like a nice person, but she also has two dogs, which would likely be very stressful for him. Life without Edward would be easier for me, and better for Greg and Gladys. But...this is his home now, and we've gotten attached to each other. What would you do?
* He is not named after the Twilight character. I pulled the name out of the air long before I had ever heard of the book or movie.