Need to rehome cat

(43 Posts)
iloveavocado Fri 08-Mar-13 17:18:58

Hello, I am distraught writing this but I just don't know what to do. We have a lovely friendly 6 year old female cat. We've had her since she was a kitten and she is part of the family. The problem is with my DD (14 months). Since she was born DD has had sticky eyes, terrible skin conditions and has begun to develop some breathing problems - namely a persistent cough. A couple of weeks ago her breathing was so bad she had to go to A and E. The doctor there said the cat has to go.

We went away last week and my mum looked after the cat and even just in 2 week DD's conditions have significantly improved. The cat's back and last night DD scratched herself until she bled.

As much as I love the cat DD has to come first, but what now? I don't want to advertise on Gumtree and have her taken away to be ripped up by fighting dogs. I want her to go to a loving home.

Please don't judge me. I'd really lie some advice.

Thanks in advance...

Would your mum have her?

That's awful. This subject has recently been discussed on this thread where you might find some good advice:

SarahLundKicksAss Fri 08-Mar-13 17:29:13

Can the Cats Protection league help you? We got a kitten from them; we had to have a home inspection first, before they would allow up to adopt.

Must be really difficult for you OP - are there no friends or family members who could help out, at least you could still see her.

QueenStromba Fri 08-Mar-13 17:29:19

If you're in London and she's an indoor cat I'd have her.

Oh avocado what a horrible thing to have to deal with. But obviously you can't keep the cat at the expense of your daughter's health. sad

Ring your local Cat's Protection and explain the situation to them and see if they can find her a new forever home?

cozietoesie Fri 08-Mar-13 17:32:24


I'd take up QueenStromba's offer if you 're in (or within driving distance of) London. She's looking for a cat.

Wolfiefan Fri 08-Mar-13 17:39:40

No flaming here! My sister had awful asthma and we were told to get rid of the cats. Instead we treated her asthma and kept cats out of her room. (Not saying this is the right solution for you.) Perhaps you could give us a very vague idea of where you are in case anyone can help or knows a good rescue.
So sorry you are going through this.

Lucyellensmum95 Fri 08-Mar-13 17:49:26

could you try at your local vets? They often have people who they can contact. Those folk who say "i'll never have another cat" after they lose their beloved pets, given a few months are usually feeling the hole and ready to give a loving home to a kitty who needs it.Your cat has been well loved so will make a fab pet.

Horrible situation for you but if you find a lovely home for your cat then she will be happy enough. More sad for you really

iloveavocado Fri 08-Mar-13 18:27:39

Thank you so much everyone. I was expecting some people to say I was horrible to want to rehome her, but it really is a necessity rather than what we want as a family. DD and DS do love her, but it's not fair to see DD suffering.

I live in Leeds.

I've called Cats Protection League and RSPCA and both have waiting lists which she's on, but I'm reluctant to send her somewhere and then on to somewhere else if you know what I mean. My mum was happy to help out but really doesn't want the commitment of a cat full time and I have asked friends and no one has offered any long term solution. Someone else advised a poster in my local vet which I intend to do.

She is a lovely cat. Ridiculously friendly and great with kids. She is white and tends to drop a lot of hair which I think also may put some people off - you can't wear black jeans very often!

She's up to date with immunisations and is healthy and happy.

Thanks to the offers near London, but she's not too keen on cars and I think that might be a bit too far to drive.

QueenStromba Fri 08-Mar-13 19:09:37

Shame you're too far. Do keep us up to date on your progress - if nothing else it will bump the thread and maybe someone a bit closer would take her. She does sound like the perfect Mumsnetter cat.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 08-Mar-13 20:24:57

Until you do manage to rehome her, can I recommend Petal Cleanse? You wipe the stuff all over the cat every day (they tend not to mind) and it cuts down on the allergens. It's supposed to take a couple of weeks to become fully effective, but we noticed a difference in a few days.

Wolfiefan Fri 08-Mar-13 20:28:05

I'm miles away and have an ancient old girl who is really enjoying being an only cat or I'd certainly help.
Bumping in the hope the rehoming fairy sees this!

iloveavocado Fri 08-Mar-13 20:35:19

Thanks everyone. I really appreciate it. I'll check out that Petal Cleanse stuff now. Fingers crossed someone reads soon who can help.

iloveavocado Sun 10-Mar-13 09:28:58

Hi, no progress and DD's cough has come back. Poor little thing.

QueenStromba - are you in north London by any chance? North may be doable if I knew she was going to be somewhere where she's be loved and happy once she got there...

cozietoesie Sun 10-Mar-13 10:01:03

QS has just got her new girl, I'm afraid.

Have you posted on catchat just in case?

QueenStromba Sun 10-Mar-13 10:01:09

South London and we got a cat yesterday anyway. I'm sure someone will be along soon who'll have her, especially now you've widened the search area.

cozietoesie Sun 10-Mar-13 10:01:45

Cross post.

iloveavocado Sun 10-Mar-13 14:03:02

Oh no worries QueenStromba. Hope your new cat is settling in.

I've just posted on Catchat.

Thanks again everyone...

iloveavocado Mon 11-Mar-13 19:50:20

Sill no joy. I called all the local cat rescue places today and all are full and not even accepting cats on to a waiting list. I've put up a sign in the vet.

I feel terrible going to such efforts to find somewhere else for the poor little thing to live and she's so lovely and loving. Please if anyone can help get in touch and put us all out of our misery.

Would it be worth starting a thread in Chat appealing to people in Leeds and linking to this thread?

cozietoesie Mon 11-Mar-13 20:11:11

Keep trying to think positively, avocado. Difficult situation for you. Have Cats Protection got back to you at all?

iloveavocado Mon 11-Mar-13 20:20:42

Cats protection said their waiting list is too long - 8 months +.

Sparkling - that's a good idea - I'll do the chat thing now. Thanks...

I don't get the CP 8 months plus thing. Do they never rehome any cats? confused

iloveavocado Mon 11-Mar-13 20:30:31

I know. I thought that. I guess there's a lot of unwanted cats about. It's really sad isn't it...

sad There must be.

cozietoesie Mon 11-Mar-13 20:31:47

Good luck, avocado.

LackaDAISYcal Mon 11-Mar-13 20:36:07

Oh, I wish I could take her, but two of our cats have been killed on the road and I fear I would be sending her to a certain death sad

I can ask around locally though smile

cozietoesie Mon 11-Mar-13 20:37:13

That would be a kindness, LackaDAISYcal.

iloveavocado Mon 11-Mar-13 20:46:06

Oh LackaDAISY that's so sad for you. Thanks for asking round. I've asked all my friends and family and no one wants the commitment right now.

StripeyWindow Mon 11-Mar-13 21:37:40

Which side of Leeds are you?

Try on Mumsnet Local for Leeds (if there is one) out Yorkshire if not. They might help by posting on their social media and stuff too

manticlimactic Tue 12-Mar-13 08:02:19

I tried to get a cat from CP but was refused as I already had two cats and they said that my tenancy agreement wouldn't allow more than two pets. I showed her my agreement that had no such clause. They still refused. Not surprised they have a waiting list.

I would have the cat, I'm in Leeds but I've got 4 now and already have the title of the mad woman with all the cats grin

iloveavocado Tue 12-Mar-13 08:41:25

Hi, I'm in Chapeltown but would be happy to drive within an hour of Leeds, maybe even more if I knew she was going to a good home where she'd be loved and well looked after.

I'll check out the Mumsnet Local page and see if there's a Leeds one and if I can post there. Thanks for all your suggestions. I hope we get this sorted soon...

PeneloPeePitstop Tue 12-Mar-13 08:47:19

In the meantime whilst you're waiting try to reduce the dander. If she'll let you wipe her with a damp wipe a couple of times a day (nt wet) to remove it that might help with allergens.

iloveavocado Tue 12-Mar-13 09:04:22

Thank Penelope, that's a good idea.



iloveavocado Tue 12-Mar-13 18:12:57

Thanks Sparkling.

Someone has been in touch and it looks like we've found a new home for the cat. I'm so relieved. Thank you to everyone for all your help...

Yay!! That's good news. Mixed emotions for you though. xx

cozietoesie Tue 12-Mar-13 18:15:26

Wow! Good news - although with mixed emotions as Sparkling said.


EmpressMaud Tue 12-Mar-13 18:54:32

Was just wondering if I might manage it as I have two indoor cats, but am so glad you've now found a home for her.

iloveavocado Wed 13-Mar-13 18:17:41

You're right, it is mixed emotions. It's hard to see a member of the family go and DD and DS both really love her but they're both young enough to get over it pretty quick. I think and she's going to be going somewhere where is is loved and happy and DD's health will be much better so I am happy, but very sad as well to be saying goodbye.

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