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pilatesgal318
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August 17, 2016 10:05 pm  

I realize that I may get some people irritated with me since this is such a sensitive subject...I may even be called an irresponsible pet owner for trying to re-home my cat, however, it must be done. The cat: 'Charlie' is about 3-4 years old, orange tabby, small, very personable, ok with dogs (he gets along well with our 14 year old English Setter), and is an excellent hunter (catches mice, rats...even a MONGOOSE!)...BUT my 9-10 year old cat HATES him! The two of them get into fights daily and it has become a very stressful situation for all of us in the household. I will not get rid of my older cat as she has been with me through a lot and she was here first, so to speak. The new guy on the block is the one we have to find a new home for. He is neutered, is on monthly flea/tick treatment and has had all of his shots (Progressive Vet on STX). If anyone is interested or would like any more information or pictures, let me know. I want to find him a home with people who will love him...makes me sad that it has to be this way but the cat fights have GOT to stop!!


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TommySTX
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August 17, 2016 10:29 pm  

You can probably put up a sign or poster at Progressive Vet and let them know you are trying to re-home the cat. They can keep an ear open for any people looking.


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Alana33
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August 17, 2016 10:34 pm  

Sounds like you need a cat whiperer!
Seriously, I hope you're able to rehome your little guy.
Try posting on Facebook, put signs with pics up at your STX veterinary
offices and shelter, anywhere there's a bulletin board.
Call Lucky Paws and see if Dellia has any recommendations.
513-1854.
Good luck.


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pilatesgal318
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August 17, 2016 11:29 pm  

Thanks, TommySTX and Alana - I will post something at Progressive and see if I get anywhere with that. And, yes, I DO need a cat whisperer!! I did post on Facebook and have mentioned it to some people on STX to spread the word. As for Delia, I will call her as well - she helped us trap some ferals on STT when I lived in Botany Bay. In the meantime, let me know if you know of anyone who wants the little guy...


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Alana33
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August 17, 2016 11:47 pm  

Post a picture?
Do you know Jamison?
He rescues dogs and finds homes for them.
He may know someone for a cat.


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rosesisland
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August 18, 2016 10:50 am  

I hope you find a home soon. It's never easy giving up a pet. My, once feral, cat would never allow another cat into our household. We once had three cats that got along well, but, I now know I can't have another while we have him. I think you are being responsible. My cat before this one was given up to me at 2 years old under the same circumstance. He was a wonderful family member of ours for 13 years. There are people out there that would enjoy an "older" cat. Keep posting! Good luck!


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speee1dy
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August 18, 2016 10:57 am  

check with blue mutt.they always try to help animals get homes.

when we got new kitties, we kept them in a separate room for about a week so out other cat could go sniff the door without confrontation. after that we put the kitties in a crate and brought them out to the living room for more sniff action. after a week of that we let them out and there was a lot of hissing but things are now really good.

sorry this situation happened.


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August 18, 2016 11:24 am  

I wish you the best in finding a new home for your cat -- cat fights can be terrible and they could badly injure or even kill each other. There's a product that might help in the interim. It's a spray and/or a plug-in aerosol called "Feliway." You'll find differing opinions on its efficacy, but for us it really worked to help our older cat accept two new kittens. It just seems to calm everyone down.


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islandjoan
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August 18, 2016 1:31 pm  

hi Alana

I know you mean well to suggest Jamison, but he has sooo many dogs that he is trying to home, I am not sure if he could help. Of course he is the one to decide this, but from the posting on Facebook I can see he is at capacity.

The OP could check out My Cat From Hell, the cat whisperer also has other suggestions on how to make the first cat feel secure when another one comes into its territory.

It can work, introducing a new cat, but it just takes time and determination and patience.

Post a picture?
Do you know Jamison?
He rescues dogs and finds homes for them.
He may know someone for a cat.


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watruw8ing4
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August 18, 2016 2:23 pm  

hi Alana

I know you mean well to suggest Jamison, but he has sooo many dogs that he is trying to home, I am not sure if he could help. Of course he is the one to decide this, but from the posting on Facebook I can see he is at capacity.

The OP could check out My Cat From Hell, the cat whisperer also has other suggestions on how to make the first cat feel secure when another one comes into its territory.

It can work, introducing a new cat, but it just takes time and determination and patience.

Post a picture?
Do you know Jamison?
He rescues dogs and finds homes for them.
He may know someone for a cat.

I very much agree. Because he's been so outspoken and active on the subject, his name gets dropped all the time. He's swamped, as always, and has added responsibilities right now, getting his new business off the ground. I wouldn't pile on, since he still continues to help our animals at the same time.

Rescue and re-homing requests posted on Facebook tend to get shared among like-minded groups frequently, and posting to as many of these as you can, is a one good way to go. (Jamison is a member of many of these, btw, and if it's out there, he's probably already seen it anyway).


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mtdoramike
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August 18, 2016 2:51 pm  

You irresponsible pet owner, not hardly! I find you very responsible and thank you for making the effort. I just ask that you vet the prospective new owners if and when you locate one. If no luck, you can always try separating them, but I know this is hard to do with cats.

mike


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Alana33
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August 18, 2016 4:07 pm  

hi Alana

I know you mean well to suggest Jamison, but he has sooo many dogs that he is trying to home, I am not sure if he could help. Of course he is the one to decide this, but from the posting on Facebook I can see he is at capacity.

The OP could check out My Cat From Hell, the cat whisperer also has other suggestions on how to make the first cat feel secure when another one comes into its territory.

It can work, introducing a new cat, but it just takes time and determination and patience.

Post a picture?
Do you know Jamison?
He rescues dogs and finds homes for them.
He may know someone for a cat.

I very much agree. Because he's been so outspoken and active on the subject, his name gets dropped all the time. He's swamped, as always, and has added responsibilities right now, getting his new business off the ground. I wouldn't pile on, since he still continues to help our animals at the same time.

Rescue and re-homing requests posted on Facebook tend to get shared among like-minded groups frequently, and posting to as many of these as you can, is a one good way to go. (Jamison is a member of many of these, btw, and if it's out there, he's probably already seen it anyway).

I have great admiration for Jamison and what he's doing.
I only gave it a thought because he is so connected to the animal community there in STX and as you mentioned these things get shared amongst like minded individuals and groups.


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pilatesgal318
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August 18, 2016 5:16 pm  

Thank you so very much for your input and kind words, everyone! It means a great deal considering this tough situation...one problem is that we have had Charlie for 2 years now and the fights have just gotten worse! My older cat, Lily, never has liked him but seemed to avoid confrontation, however, Charlie has gotten bolder and won't leave her alone. And, she seems to have gotten fed up with being cornered and running away as her escape and now will fight back. I can't figure out anything in the environment that has changed and made this such an issue (no new people, pets, same calm household, no construction projects, no new ferals hanging around...). I will certainly vet anyone who wants to take him, as I know there are way too many people who are horrible pet owners and I don't want him to be anywhere but in a home where he is loved and appreciated. Talking to the people at Blue Mutt is a great idea! They are most helpful in there (always buy our dog toys there) - I am sure they would be happy to spread the word...I will also continue to post on as many forums/social media as I possibly can...


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islandjoan
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August 18, 2016 5:50 pm  

Good luck! yes pilatesgal post on Facebook with some good photos. Sharing and sharing seems to help and so do good photos.

Alana, yes that is true, sorry I didn't mean to criticize.


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speee1dy
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August 18, 2016 6:03 pm  

have you tried getting a spray bottle and spraying them ( not in the face ) with water when they engage in this behavior


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August 18, 2016 6:45 pm  

I wasn't meaning to criticize either. If you know Jamison, you know he's a softie for fur babies and finds it hard to turn people down. Just don't want to see him overwhelmed, when he's doing so many great things already.

I took that pet "pledge" to never to give up my dog, and I intend to keep it. But sh!+ happens, and sometimes the "no matter what" stance doesn't work out well for the pets. Pilatesgal, you are being responsible by trying to make the best of a bad situation for both cats. I'd take your cat myself if my pup didn't have such and aversion to felines and a strong prey instinct. Best of luck to you.


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Spartygrad95
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August 18, 2016 7:49 pm  

Trying to find a pet a new home in a situation that isn't working is something someone should never be judged about. I'm sure there are lurkers here doing just that though. I gave up 4 cats and a dog to move here. Found all of them homes with family or friends. I had a sanctimonious friend tell me how awful a person I was. IDGAF. That person is no longer in my life. I will hope my wife doesn't see this post as she has been begging me to get a cat but I have taken a rest of my life moratorium on pet ownership.


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speee1dy
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August 19, 2016 10:50 am  

agree sparty. there have been other posters who have been berated for trying to find new homes for their pets. saying i would never, you should never. but sometimes life happens and a person has no choice.
and to be judged for trying to do the right thing, not right


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pilatesgal318
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August 19, 2016 12:43 pm  

If people judge me (or others) for trying to find a home for a pet, so be it, however, I believe it is better to try to find a home where there is less stress for all animals (and people!) involved rather than continue to keep those animals in the high stress situation that they are in. And, it is A LOT better than just dumping them somewhere or leaving them behind when you go...I know people who have done this...

The squirt bottle with water works only temporarily - then they are right back at it. I will keep spreading the word and hope that you all will do the same for me. Thanks, everyone!


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Alana33
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August 19, 2016 1:18 pm  

I wasn't meaning to criticize either. If you know Jamison, you know he's a softie for fur babies and finds it hard to turn people down. Just don't want to see him overwhelmed, when he's doing so many great things already.

I took that pet "pledge" to never to give up my dog, and I intend to keep it. But sh!+ happens, and sometimes the "no matter what" stance doesn't work out well for the pets. Pilatesgal, you are being responsible by trying to make the best of a bad situation for both cats. I'd take your cat myself if my pup didn't have such and aversion to felines and a strong prey instinct. Best of luck to you.

No offense taken, watruw8ing4 and islandjoan.
It's all good. I think Jamison is great.
All of our island's animal caregivers do wonderful work in difficult circumstances and with limited budgets.

I hope you can find a great resolution to your problem, pilatesgal318.
It's a difficult situation. Good luck to you.


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speee1dy
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August 19, 2016 1:32 pm  

maybe with enough usage it will work for longer periods of time. so sorry you are going through this

If people judge me (or others) for trying to find a home for a pet, so be it, however, I believe it is better to try to find a home where there is less stress for all animals (and people!) involved rather than continue to keep those animals in the high stress situation that they are in. And, it is A LOT better than just dumping them somewhere or leaving them behind when you go...I know people who have done this...

The squirt bottle with water works only temporarily - then they are right back at it. I will keep spreading the word and hope that you all will do the same for me. Thanks, everyone!


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Alana33
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August 19, 2016 1:36 pm  

Did you try posting on Craig's List pet section?


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pilatesgal318
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August 19, 2016 1:40 pm  

Have not posted on Craigslist but will do so...never really paid attention to the fact the CL had a pet section! Thanks, Alana - I will do that next!


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watruw8ing4
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August 19, 2016 1:46 pm  

I wasn't meaning to criticize either. If you know Jamison, you know he's a softie for fur babies and finds it hard to turn people down. Just don't want to see him overwhelmed, when he's doing so many great things already.

I took that pet "pledge" to never to give up my dog, and I intend to keep it. But sh!+ happens, and sometimes the "no matter what" stance doesn't work out well for the pets. Pilatesgal, you are being responsible by trying to make the best of a bad situation for both cats. I'd take your cat myself if my pup didn't have such and aversion to felines and a strong prey instinct. Best of luck to you.

No offense taken, watruw8ing4 and islandjoan.
It's all good. I think Jamison is great.
All of our island's animal caregivers do wonderful work in difficult circumstances and with limited budgets.

I hope you can find a great resolution to your problem, pilatesgal318.
It's a difficult situation. Good luck to you.

Jamison goes above and beyond, and has been training (himself and dogs) very hard. In case you haven't seen it, check out his new venture, and note his discounts for adopted dogs.

Pawsitive VIbes

And on Facebook:

Pawsitive Vibes LLC


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pilatesgal318
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August 19, 2016 1:59 pm  

Just posted on Craigslist:

http://virgin.craigslist.org/pet/5740080560.html

CL suggests that you need to put "small adoption fee" to have a better chance of finding a home with someone who doesn't mean to do the pet any harm...Of course, I will meet with ANYONE who is interested in him to make sure they truly want to give him a loving home.


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