Suppose you're not sure whether you're going to keep a cat or not?

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
May 11, 2008 3:42pm CST
Although I would never refuse a cat, any cat, food and water, I'm starting to have my doubts about Maxie, the stray I took in a few weeks ago, and the way things are working out --- not. For one thing, Columbus chases Maxie every time he sees him. For another, Maxie keeps pooping on the cellar rug and floor rather than in the litterbox, and finally, Maxie only acts nice when he knows he's going to be fed. He tries to bite me when I pet him. I already have a cat that bites me by the name of Mimi. And finally, Maxie really doesn't want to stay indoors. He hangs around the door, waiting for me to open it so he can go out.I think that Maxie is part feral anyway. Thank God, he's clean and has no worms. The only issue is getting him spayed, which means that I'm obliged to keep him as a pet if I do. That is, always having to worry about him running away and putting up with a stinky basement. I don't want to take him to a shelter. Even though he's relatively young, about a year or a year and a half, he probably wouldn't be adoptable. I'm weighing my options here. It's going to set me back some 200 dollars to get Maxie fixed and a couple more bucks for his feline leukemia vaccination. I'm also in a quandry. Part of me wants to let him out, feed him and hope for the best, while the other part wants me to keep him indoors. What to do?
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@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
12 May 08
You may want to call around, a lot area have spay/neuter coupons you can buy to get your animal done for $50 or less. Our personal vet spays/neuters for only $75. You can get rabies, de-worming, feline leukemia and the yearly check up done for $60. If you don't want to keep Maxie, I would bring him to a no kill shelters. They will neuter him, get him all his shots, and take good care of him until he is adopted.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
12 May 08
Thanks for your suggestions Sedel, and I think I'll take you up on the first one regarding spay/neuter coupons. I still haven't made up my mind. I think that I'm between a rock and a hard place. The "rock" is that I've had Maxie all those weeks and the "hard place" is the option of giving him up to a shelter. You know what I'm saying ---- that having a cat for a short while strengthens emotional ties to the animal. You may not like what he does, but then you consider the possibility of ultimately giving him up and not seeing him any more.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
12 May 08
I know you have had him a few weeks, but could he just really not be use to you yet? Also, have you tried training either cat?
@kykidd (6818)
• United States
11 May 08
Having him spade may calm him down a bit. But if you already have 2 cats, and he doesn't get along with them, plus he bites, I would be afraid of keeping him. What if he hurt you or a relative and you had to go to the doctor? That would cost more than $200.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
11 May 08
I know, I know. My having to go to a doctor because of a cat bite would cost serious bucks, money that I don't have after all of the regular bills are paid. It's a real problem! Thanks for replying, though.