Does Your Cat Need a New Home?
Try these solutions to 6 common problems before you make that decision.
6 Reasons Your Cat Doesn’t Need a New Home continued...
• Introduce baby
sounds. Play recordings of infant vocalizations to get kitty used to baby
gurgling and crying.
• Introduce baby
smells. Sprinkle baby powder, lotion, or oil on your skin and hands, so
kitty has a chance to get used to the scents.
After your baby arrives, make one-on-one time with your pet. It’s good for
kitty and probably will be soothing for you, too.
Moving. Pets are part of your family, and relocation doesn’t need to
be a reason to give up a family member, even if you’re being forced to
downsize. Keep in mind:
• There are plenty of
pet-friendly apartments. The web sites of the ASPCA and Humane Society of
the United States (HSUS) offer more than a dozen resources for finding
pet-friendly apartments. Also ask around about them.
• If cost is an issue,
you can get help for health care expenses. Shelters and local chapters of
the Humane Society often offer subsidized pet care, and veterinary schools
frequently provide discounted care to the public. You can also talk to your
vet, who may be happy to arrange a monthly payment schedule for your cat’s
health care bills. “Research,” encourages Case. “There’s more help than you
No cat should be left behind. Abandoning pets is not only
irresponsible; it’s illegal. Many people think that cats can fend for
themselves outdoors because they were once wild, but most abandoned pets don’t
survive -- due to starvation, abuse, or car accidents. There are alternatives
If Your Cat Truly Needs a New Home
“It’s rare that there are problems that can’t be resolved,” says
Moon-Fanelli. Yet once in a while, things don’t work out. “Nothing is wrong
with the cat, and nothing is wrong with the owner,” she says. “Somehow, it’s
just a bad match and a ‘divorce’ is necessary.” If you and your cat truly have
irreconcilable differences, or issues such as financial strain are making it
too difficult right now, talk to friends and family. Someone you know might
adopt or temporarily foster your cat, or know of someone else who can.
Before you go this route, though, make sure you’ve tried other solutions.
“We want to put our pets in a box, mend a problem with one quick fix, and then
give up if it doesn’t work,” says Moon-Fanelli. “But when people understand
why their animal is having a problem, they tend to become more forgiving
and understanding, and willing to work on the problem.”
“Don’t despair,” Case adds. “These problems are relatively common, and
they’re usually solvable.”