Free to good home (take two)

Does anyone out there need a cat?

I’m not one to run away from my responsibility. When we bought our cat, we knew that we would have to take care of him for years to come and we accepted that. But we didn’t know how much of a mess we were getting into. When we bought our dog, many people thought we would end up getting rid of the cat because they wouldn’t get along. And get along, they didn’t. The cat hid for months. But he came around. Now they mostly live in peace, chasing each other only occasionally and even sometimes sleeping on the couch side by side.

No, the problem is elsewhere. Our cat has been sick ever since we got him. We made the mistake of buying him from a pet store, and he was probably weaned too early, which is a common issue. He has food allergies, so he’s on a special diet, and he has regular flare-ups of what looks like inflammatory bowel disease, although we didn’t go to the end of the diagnosis (cat ultrasounds are not cheap). Every so often, he stops eating and needs to be taken to the vet for some re-hydration treatment, antibiotics and other drugs. For the past few months I have been giving him over-the-counter antacid, which seems to be keeping the disease in check, but for how long? And how long will I be able to keep up with this routine of forcing a pill down my cat’s throat morning and night?

Now if that was the only problem… Our cat also has a history of peeing on our stuff once in a while, typically when we don’t clean his litter often enough. But lately he has peed in our hamper basket twice, as well as on our baby’s toys in the living room, even though the litter box was spotless. As if we didn’t have enough work to do already. He also meows a lot when hungry (read: all the time), which has woken up the baby way too often (and sometimes at 5:30 in the morning). Since our boy doesn’t sleep through the night yet, that’s adding insult to injury. And if we feed him more, he gets more sick and has diarrhea all around the litter box. Not a pretty sight.

We have spent so much money on him, and now with a baby and maybe only one income soon, we cannot afford to keep up with that rhythm (vet bills, special food, drugs, new furniture, etc.). But what do you do with such a cat? We can’t give him to someone we know, it would be cruel and unusual punishment (for them, not for the cat). We don’t really want to have him euthanized, but if we drop a 6-year-old cat at the SPCA, what are the chances of anything else happening? And if we try to give him away without telling the truth to the new owner, we will probably reincarnate into earthworms for all that bad karma.

Sure, he’s cute and sometimes even cuddly. But boy, if he died suddenly a quick and painless death, I think we would all breath more easily! Unfortunately, he seems to have 7 lives.

One Response to “Free to good home (take two)”

  1. Danielle Says:

    C’est bien dommage!! Je te
    comprends de ne pas avoir envie de le faire euthanasier, surtout que parfois, ce n’est pas aussi indolore que ce que l’on peut espérer. Ca dépend de l’humanité de ceux qui le font. Je me rappelle être allée chez un vétérinaire pour mon hamster qui avait une maladie de la circulation. Il m’avait offert la visite et le médicament(pourchiens)parce que nous étions les premiers qu’il voyait à emmener un hamster chez le vétérinaire! J’avais onze ou douze ans!