How (if i should) do I find my cat(s) a new home?
March 19, 2012 4:32 PM Subscribe
How (if i should) do I find my cat(s) a new home? Or Litter training 3: This time it's purrsonal.
posted by djduckie to Pets & Animals (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
As I have asked multiple times on here I seem to always be having litter problems with one of my cats (not entirely sure which one, but I have my suspicions). It seemed to improve for a small point in time, but now it's gotten to the point where anything and everything seems to be fair game and it's not really okay. My girlfriend is fed up, and, though I am also kind of grossed out by the situation, consider it part of pet ownership, clean it up and hope things get better.
Though things don't seem to be improving. I am starting to think that the issues is space. We have two people and 3 cats in a about 750sqft studio style apartment. I don't want to get rid of any of them. It seems like failure and i worry about them. They each take their turns coming to me for attention everyday (my girlfriend hates all three of them at this point). Two of them are litter mates (Buster and GM, yes all my cats are named after Arrested development characters). They are a year older than the third (Gob) and they don't always seem to get a long. GM, the one we got first (we got Buster a day later) is a bully at times and my actual worry is that he is preventing buster from using the litter boxes in a territorial thing. If you project human emotion on to buster he always seem depressed and at least once a week there seems to be a massive screaming and scratching fight between him and GM, with GM backing him into a corner while he growls and hisses (though he seems fine for the 15 minutes that he really wants attention from me).
The only option I seem to have is to give one or both of them to my girlfriends family. They have a house in a country like situation and the cats would be more or less full outdoor cats at this point (right now they are full indoor and have been their whole lives). I don't feel great about this, but i don't know what else to do. I feel like a horrible failure as a "pet parent". I try not to personify them too much, but I worry that I am letting them down and that they will despise me if I put them in this new situation, not to mention cars and wild animals and the other cats that already have a strong bond there, the super hot summers and the inhospitable winters. Long story short, I don't want to do this. But what other option do i have?
Gob has been given a golden ticket because he's litter trained.
I'm going nuts, and my apartment, though luckily not carpted, feels like it has become an anything goes minefield for cat urine.