Over the years I have heard many reasons to why someone needs to give up or "get rid of " their fur baby and can count on one hand those I put into the legit basket .
I have pretty much heard it all over the years and recall some of the ones that made my eyes roll like " they shed fur on my pillow " which was the only reason listed on the surrender email .
I recall some of the legit ones that touch your heart like a lady who was terminal and had months to live and had no family members to take her beloved pets and wanted to ensure they were correctly rehomed into good homes where they will be loved.
I have heard all these reasons on the picture below and none sit well with me .
Pregnancy - I had cats and dogs through all my pregnancies and no none of the cats ever smothered one of my children .
Too old - The amount of seniors trying to be surrendered always astounds me as how can you care for them for a better part of their life then just pass them along as vet bills might be mounting or require a bit more TLC . My oldest cat will be 21 in September and yes she has frequent trips to the vets but I do it as when I adopted her I committed to her for life .
Another common one is "we got a new cute kitten and the old one doesn't like it so old one has to gotta go" - Out with the old in with the new cute kitten treating their fur baby like a disposable commodity . Well shame on you !
This also fits the got a dog part on this post ..."cat doesn't like our new dog so gotta go ". Buy some feliway , consult a vet or behaviouralist for advice as you also committed to your cat when you took them into your family ...first.
For 4 years I had two cats that didn't get along . My new kitten was not liked by my 9 year old cat but I would never ever think about giving one of them up just to make it easier for me . They now co exist without issue aged 6 and 15.
Owners moved - number one surrender reason is we are moving and cant take with us .
I rented for many years and always made sure I found a pet friendly rental , I know its not easy but I kept going till I found somewhere that allowed my family to stay together .
I also moved from central NSW to Brisbane and brought my two dogs and two cats with me so it never sits well to hear moving interstate as an excuse as I did it without hesitation and was not that hard cause you do not leave family behind.
Dumped - happens all the time ...the novelty wears off and the cat is just dumped like yesterdays garbage .
A large portion of what people call the feral population are actually domesticated cats dumped to the streets to fend for themselves failed by their humans .
Urinated on the bed - Did you give up your children when they had an accident ? Work on it . Consult a vet and find out if they have a UTI or what is causing an issue . Place empty boxes/ crates on the bed to deter the behaviour . Do some crate training if it comes to that . My senior girl for 20 years has pooped frequently next to the litter box instead of in it for the last few years . I put down pee pads around litter trays and clean it up , I would never part with her just cause its extra effort on my part as she is my family .
Circumstances change over the years but when you take on a pet you are committing to that new family member for life . Please think about that before getting yourself a pet .
found @ 23 likes ON 2019-07-13 08:23:30 BY ME.ME