She's leaving

Baby - I'll miss her dearly.
@webeishere (36353)
United States
April 10, 2010 4:11pm CST
This is a photo of my son's cat Baby. It's a shame that he is almost 30 & can't take care of a cat. The litter box is filled all the time, water dish dry, food dish empty. All too often. I have a hard time walking up stairs so it's rough for me to keep checking on her downstairs. So I gave him a week to find a home for her. Well he never did so I placed ads and asked the neighbors. Well, right next door, the 2 year old girl and the 10 year old girl fell in love with baby. So they are taking her tonight. They will declaw her and have her spayed as well. I am so happy she has a nice home now. Have you ever had to give up a cat? As always..... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@ElicBxn (61133)
• United States
10 Apr 10
Nope, I'm the one that's always taking them in. I wouldn't declaw tho, that's like cutting off the last tip of your finger and then they have to walk on it!
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
10 Apr 10
Aww, she's so cute, the opposite of my daughter black cat. Other than my daughter taking her cat with her, the only animal we had to give up was our white german shepherd just over a year ago. It is good that like you, we our Zoe found a really good home..:)
@hora_fugit (5411)
• India
10 Apr 10
You'll miss her for sure I had two cats in different times but never had to give them up. Though am not sure what's better: to part while they are alive or to part other way round.. The cat in our hostel gave birth to two (as far as I know) kittens and sharing half a month together, one was taken away. By someone. I took care of the other one and its mother. For one whole month he(found out quite later that it was not a she!) did all the good and bad things in my room. But eventually it turned out I couldn't travel to home with the kitten. And so, I left alone No one agrees the kitten was mine, though at the time they all expected me to be his caretaker. Now does it qualify as giving up?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
10 Apr 10
I'm glad u found baby a good home. I have never had to give up a cat. My mother hated cats so we were never allowed to have one when i was growing up. I have had alot of dogs , no cats. happy weekend to y'all.
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10 Apr 10
Hi GRANDPA BOB, Its a crying shame to give up one's pet, I have two cats, one is also called Baby and the other one is Tom, no I never had to give up my cat, I will never give up any pet as the pet is part of your family, imgine giving away your own child,, well that is me anyway. Tamara
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@kaylachan (4775)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
10 Apr 10
Yes I have it was very very painful. My partner and I found this little black kitten after a hurricane one year. And, we had him for about four or five years. But, he started to pee on the carpet right in front of the litter box (even though it was clean) all for the attention. He got gelllious because before all this started we rescued another kitten. and he didn't really like her all that much. So he started to pee and do his business outside the litter box, so much so that the complex where we live found out. According to them we're only alowed two animals, (even though the city says three) and the section 8 athority wanted us to clean up after the cat or get rid of it. And, no matter how much cleaning we did, nothing seemed to work. and, it became apparent we couldn't keep up after it any longer. And, we did not want to risk our home. Which was about to happen. So... we got rid of the cat. But, saddly unlike you we haven't found a home for him. He's sitting at pet smart waiting to be adopted out.
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@GardenGerty (116456)
• United States
10 Apr 10
Only when they were so sick I had to put them to sleep. Lots of people want to own animals but they fail to do the hard part, like taking care of them and taking them to the vet, etc. I would say that the good thing is he did not abandon her when he moved in. He just needed to either be more proactive in her care or find a place for her himself. Our grown kids still need us to push, I guess.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
14 Aug 10
Hiya Grandpa Bob. I'm a few months late responding to this discussion. How's Baby doing in her new home? I had to give a cat up once. During that time I had been living with my mom in an apartment complex that didn't allow pets. Long story short, we got busted for having a cat so my mom wound up taking the cat to her job, which was at a convalescent home. The cat turned out to be a big hit and ended up living there. Happy mylotting!
@rosegardens (3040)
• United States
22 Apr 10
I am so happy to hear you have taken care of Baby. Funny that so many people name their cats Baby--my first one also has that name. I had to find a place to give cats to, the two adults and the litter of four that my roomies were not attentive to. Come to find out the male cat had ear mites and they would yell at him for meowing all the time. Also they would yell and even throw stuff if the cats were scratching in the litter box because THEY did not give them enough litter to do their business. They left without paying the last months rent and left the cats with me, I had to feed them and take care of them. I finally insisted that if they wanted to get their stuff out they needed to at least bring food and litter which they did, and I found someone in my neighborhood who does cat rescues so she took them to a shelter where all of them got adopted out in less than 2 weeks! Some people just cannot take care of animals I guess. It is very good to hear that you care about Baby even though she is not your cat nor your responsibility. Baby will have a good home now that she is with young children who will dote on her.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
22 Apr 10
she is sweet. i hope she doesnt go outside by accident if she is declawed. an alternative to declawing is just buying ur cats scratch boards and posts. these are like kitty nail filers.
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
18 Apr 10
Oh the poor little puss. To go from a home where she is neglected and uncared for to another home where the top of her digits will be removed leaving her with stumps! It's a cruel world for some poor animals. I hope the girls treat her right...she'll be so confused about where "home" is I'd say she'll be back to visit.
@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Apr 10
I had to give a cat with a peeing problem back to the people who gave him to me. Please don't let them declaw baby, it's cutting part of her toes off. :-(
11 Apr 10
No i never had to give up a cat. Up to just over a year ago, i had 5 cats, but sadly , due to one being run over, one having cancer, and one having a stroke as well as being over 20, i now have 2. But about 5 years ago i had to give up my dear Max. He was a rhodesian ridgeback and about 9 months old. But then we took in my mother in laws poodle and sadly Max attacked the poodle and nearly killed him. I was absolutely heartbroken as Max was my dog, and strangely, he got on really well with the cats. I have a picture of him sprawled out on our bed and one of the cats was curled up with him. We did get Max rehomed. There is a agency called Battersea dogs home and we paid for them to rehome him. We made them aware of his falling from grace, so they made sure the new owners were aware and that he would be the only pet. I am sorry to hear that your son is so neglectful of this lovely cat, but some 30 year old lads are 30 going on 12. No harm with them, but just thoughtless. Glad to hear Baby has gone to a good home, but a bit worried about declawing cats. as they do rely on their claws to climb trees etc., But perhaps baby will be an indoor cat.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 10
Hi Grandpa Bob, this is so sad but you did the right thing to, if your Son can not look after her then she needs to go to someone who can You have enough on your Plate, no doubt it was sad for you to let her go but it was the best thing to do
• United States
11 Apr 10
AWWW Baby is such a beautiful Cat, well that is truly sad, but I hope she enjoys her new family and home; You did your Best Grandpa Bob, but I must say "shame on your son" for not taking better care of her especially at his age you know? Now if he himself were ill or something that would be different but I'm guessing he is ok health wise;
• United States
11 Apr 10
I am glad you were able to find a loving home. You did the right thing for the sake of the cat. You should never have an animal if you are not gonna take care of it. And it is such a pretty cat. You did the right thing.
@khalida (1130)
• India
11 Apr 10
well its great that she is not going too far away right! :) you can still play with her or watch her grow, as she'l be around! i am yet to have a cat...giving away the cat is far off!
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
11 Apr 10
I am glad that you have found the cat a new home. I never have, but have had a couple get out and never come back home.
@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
11 Apr 10
I never needed to let go of a pet, but my partner did. He once had a dog, he loved that dog - well it was still a puppy then. It was his companion for a while in his apartment, until the time he needed to move (due to work) and the apartment he was to rent didn't allow pets. The place was nice and was very accessible to his workplace (which enabled him to save on gas) but the place just didn't admit pets. He then had to let go of the pet, but first he tried to have his friend adopt the puppy. Adopt in the sense that he'd visit her often in his friend's place, would still be the one who'd buy her food, etc. But eventually, as the puppy grew, and him becoming overly busy had to let go since the trip was too far and he had gotten a new job which would require him to move to another country. It was all too sad for him but he had to do it.
@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
11 Apr 10
never. i'm happy that i can still manage to take care of my cats.