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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...

goodygumdrops Fri 08-Mar-13 17:20:47

Would your mum have her?

thecatneuterer Fri 08-Mar-13 17:22:22

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.

Sparklingbrook Fri 08-Mar-13 17:29:46

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.

Sparklingbrook Mon 11-Mar-13 19:52:53

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...

Sparklingbrook Mon 11-Mar-13 20:23:30

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...

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