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Rehoming pedigree cat?

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AnnieBeeBee Tue 19-Apr-16 17:00:09

We have a loved (well - by my DH anyway) pedigree cat but are on the move (hopefully) and have a new baby on the way and our cat is not a fan of my other child.

Can anyone advise on where I can search for a new home for her?

She's healthy, beautiful, got all her pedigree certificates and her mother was a show cat (if that makes any difference to whether or not she'll be easy to rehome, anyway). I already approached her breeder, but she wasn't much help. Didn't really approve that we were giving her up, which I understand. I had always been passionate that "pets are for life" until now.

I don't want to give her to a shelter, I want to make sure she goes to someone who will really love her right away, rather than the trauma of being in a shelter and then rehomed.

Any advice?

GraysAnalogy Tue 19-Apr-16 17:03:22

I feel so sad that this happens to so many animals. You're doing the right thing though, I got my dog this way smile

I would ask the breeder again failing that are there any specialist facebook groups for this type of cat, perhaps you'll get better advice from a community of people with an interest in the welfare of the specific type. These are usually closed groups btw, not 'pets for sale' or anything like that.

If you can give us the breed I might be able to find one.

WannaBe Tue 19-Apr-16 17:05:33

You might want to repost this in the litter tray topic, but in the meantime, have a look online for a breed specific rescue to see if they can help.

Where about a in the country are you and what breed is she?

Whatever you do don't advertise her on gumtree or the like. I had a look on there recently and was shock angry at some of the pedigrees advertised which claim to be from loving homes with disclaimers underneath that "not been spayed so can still have kittens,". angry angry and even if reputable, the owner has no idea where the cat may be going.

My view of older pedigrees sold on the likes of gumtree etc is that they've probably been bred and now their use has run out they're being sold on. sad.

Roseberrry Tue 19-Apr-16 17:08:20

How old is she and what breed is she? Have you tried searching for a rescue centre that deals specifically with that breed?

It's a shame you feel you have to rehome. Is it just because you are moving?

AnnieBeeBee Tue 19-Apr-16 17:54:29

Thanks GraysAnalogy! It would be great if you knew any - she's a British shorthair. To be honest, I feel seriously guilty.

Ooh I'll repost in Litter Tray, WannaBe. Ok I definitely won't go to gumtree! Uncomfortable with selling her anyway, would rather rehome her to someone for free who will love her and give her the kind of home she needs.

She's five and a British Shorthair, Roseberry. It's partially because we're moving and partially because she really hates kids! Something we didn't know until our toddler was born. She's pretty territorial, too, and we live in a small London flat with only a small patio. Things won't get better for her with another baby coming and a nice somwhere that is equally as urban (London). I think she needs to be in a childless house where she is the total queen!!!

AnnieBeeBee Tue 19-Apr-16 17:54:53

*and a move - not and a nice!

GraysAnalogy Tue 19-Apr-16 17:58:34

Jesus christ I just looked to find fan pages but these cats must be seriously popular, there soooo many buying pages sad Like there's a breeder who has 2000 fans! might be worth messaging an admin of this page and seeing if they can help you, rules state you can't advertise kittens for sale but I don't think that would extend to seeking advice on rehoming

Roseberrry Tue 19-Apr-16 18:04:48

I would contact as many pedigree rescue centres as you can then, at 5 she still has a good chance of being rehomed. Definitely don't go down the Facebook/gumtree route, you don't tend to get loving owners on there.

What behaviour is she showing towards your child? There might be something we can help with while you are waiting to rehome.

AnnieBeeBee Tue 19-Apr-16 18:17:32

Thank you, Grays! This looks great!

Yes that would be so helpful - if there's anything that can be done, Roseberry? If my toddler goes near her, she scratches. I don't let him, which makes me sad, because I want him to be able to stroke her gently (and he is a very gentle boy - and I don't want to make him afraid of her! I grew up with pets and loved it and want him to the same) but if I have my back turned, it happens. The trouble is, she doesn't have her own "space" anymore because our little flat is very small. I think that's the problem anyway!

Secondary to all of that, and something that just drives me absolutely crazy on a really shallow level, she constantly eats leaves and then vomits them up. At least once a week. And she'll vomit wherever she is - she doesn't move! So my sofa and rug are completely destroyed. And, as a consequence, I don't let her in the bedrooms anymore because I can't afford to keep replacing bedsheets/ rugs/ get carpets cleaned (so that limits her happy space). I took her to the vet as I thought she must be ill, she vomits so much. Vet says she's fine and some cats are just sicky cats... Can that be true? He did a pretty thorough check.

Anyway. I kind of think it's because she's a mainly indoor cat and our space is just tiny. She has a catflap but just likes being in because she's territorial and the other cats nearby upset her. And her indoor space is small, and filled up and shrunk even more because of a loud, cheery toddler who thinks she's amazing! (He will be gutted if she goes, even though she hates him!!)

ChaostheCat Tue 19-Apr-16 18:39:12

Contact the breeder you got her from and see if they know of anyone looking for a cat rather than a kitten. We have two Burmese, when we got the kitten last year the breeder was most insistent that should for any reason we no longer be able to look after him we got in touch with her first and she would take him back, regardless of age.

Totalshambles Tue 19-Apr-16 18:48:31

I would have her. But I have two kids. However they are very gentle with cats.
We are also getting a kitten (blue shorthair) so she would need to be gentle with him. I am assuming she has been spade but Has she had kittens? When you say she hates your child what does she do? Did you have her from a kitten? Did anything happen to make her particularly dislike kids?

AnnieBeeBee Tue 19-Apr-16 19:01:02

I wonder if something happened, Totalshambles, to frighten her. Like maybe my toddler was rough once when I didn't see a while ago. I can't understand why else she's so anti-kids. She has quite a feisty little personality, so she doesn't stand for nonsense. (Not typical of British Shorthairs!)

She's been spayed, no kittens.

I have made her out to be a baddie, but she really isn't. Before my child came along she was the loveliest companion! Like you said, I think she's best in a home without kids - or older kids (five and up).

Our breeder said the same when we got her, Chaos, but when I contacted her recently she said she just couldn't cope with another because of health reasons - she was also reluctant to put me in touch with others who might have her. She really wanted me to find a way to keep her!

Argh torn. It's so hard to know what's best for all of us - cat included!

Totalshambles Tue 19-Apr-16 19:24:02

Does she enjoy being stroked by adults? Is she playful?

AnnieBeeBee Tue 19-Apr-16 19:35:42

Yes Totalshambles, she absolutely loves being stroked by adults (ones she's bonded with, anyway. Typical British shorthair - standoffish to adults she hasn't!). My husband is her absolute favourite. She's still playful, too. She gets her claws out though!

Totalshambles Tue 19-Apr-16 20:01:21

I'll send you a message

hellsbells99 Tue 19-Apr-16 21:54:44

Hi Op. Sorry you need to re-home her. I have 3 of them and they all have different personalities. My 'blue' is a little more stand offish than the other two. Do you brush her regularly? They do have thick coats and if they are not brushed then they can get fur balls (and then make themselves sick).
Have you asked around people you know? My brother recently took on a 2 year old as a friend of a friend needed to re home it.

MagicMoonstone Sun 15-May-16 08:29:02


This is my first post in the pets section.

I've been in a similar situation (trying to find a suitable forever home) with a Ragdoll. She was dumped on me when she could no longer provide income by being a kitten making facility though. sad

I've been trying with rescues for over 12 months but to no avail.

I hope you can find her a lovely home. You're doing the right thing smile

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