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post #31 of 41
I don't think anyone here is saying " Oh, you have allergies... you must live with the cats, that's a poor excuse" It's just that there are soooo many people that say they have allergies. How many people actually do?

Well, when I was looking for a cat (before I found PHX) I called some people off of craigslist and I ALWAYS ask "Why are you getting rid of your cat?" numerous times I heard "Because I'm allergic to cats." Then I ask, "Oh, really.... did you go to the doctor and get testing done?" And 85% of the time I got a "No, but I get sick and start sneezing/wheezing/puking/hives/can't breathe around cats so thats how I know I'm allergic" Now that's a poor excuse- You haven't even got tested.... how do you know it's the cat your allergic to? I think it's just an easy escape goat because you don't want the cat anymore... If your really in love with the cat you would go through all options BEFORE getting rid of the cat...

But, if someone does rehome their cat for this reason or other stupid reason... I think it's best for the cat because it probably wasn't given all the love and attention and proper care that it needs. Maybe if it's rehomed it will actually go to the right home
post #32 of 41
i got raven and nabu because they were being rehomed. apparently if you put the word out you are looking for a cat, you get 2. the guy i got raven and nabu from had broken up with his GF, who he had been living with, and the cats were for his kids. well, when they broke up, she didn't want the cats and he couldn't take them. i think he was in temporary housing. he thought he found a home for them, but when it didn't work out, and i was looking -- well you know the rest. i commend him for going the extra mile when the first home didn't work out. i know the first home wouldn't have shelled out the thousands of dollars i've spent on raven's health issues over the years. she was keeping 2 declawed cats outside only, at 1 1/2 yrs old they weighed 7 lbs, and she was going to take them to the shelter in the height of kitten season.she just didn't want them anymore. the original owner had legit reasons he couldn't keep them.

stimpy was a shelter cat. he was dumped at the door in a carrier. that is not acceptable in my book. but at least he was at the shelter in a carrier. some people dumped cats not contained, and animal control had to go try to find them.

after working at a shelter a few years ago, i've heard just about everything. you can usually pick out the legit reasons from the college student moving out at the end of school who suddenly has "allergies". shelter staff are usually pretty knowledgeable about it, and do their best to find homes for the critters. and for those who've had shelter staff be rude, that's awful. they really shouldn't be like that. it's a customer service type job, and being nice gets more critters adopted.
post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
I don't think anyone here is saying " Oh, you have allergies... you must live with the cats, that's a poor excuse" It's just that there are soooo many people that say they have allergies. How many people actually do?

Well, when I was looking for a cat (before I found PHX) I called some people off of craigslist and I ALWAYS ask "Why are you getting rid of your cat?" numerous times I heard "Because I'm allergic to cats." Then I ask, "Oh, really.... did you go to the doctor and get testing done?" And 85% of the time I got a "No, but I get sick and start sneezing/wheezing/puking/hives/can't breathe around cats so thats how I know I'm allergic" Now that's a poor excuse- You haven't even got tested.... how do you know it's the cat your allergic to? I think it's just an easy escape goat because you don't want the cat anymore... If your really in love with the cat you would go through all options BEFORE getting rid of the cat...

But, if someone does rehome their cat for this reason or other stupid reason... I think it's best for the cat because it probably wasn't given all the love and attention and proper care that it needs. Maybe if it's rehomed it will actually go to the right home
I agree. Why wouldn't you take the test so you know what is making you sick? But no most people feel that they can just use pets as an excuse because many people (supposedly) are allergic to them. And what is worse is when the people have had the cat for a long time. If you're allergic to it then at least have it rehomed early in it's life so it could get used to being around someone else instead of just drudging and moping because you're not there.
post #34 of 41
I could never get rid of Trout. Not for a guy, not for an allergy, not for an apartment.

The only possible way would be if I had a child, and the child was deathly allergic with no cure.
post #35 of 41
I know right! LOL I wouldn't get rid of my cat for NOTHING!!! I don't care...

It would be like as if your dating someone and they tell you that they are allergic to your baby, your human baby that youve spent all your time love and money on to be happy. Then your person that your dating suddenly says hes allergic to your baby and you must get rid of him... well its your baby- who do you pick???


i think of PHX as my baby... so thats why i am relating the two... i dont have any real kids so PHX is all i got!
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I could never get rid of Trout. Not for a guy, not for an allergy, not for an apartment.

The only possible way would be if I had a child, and the child was deathly allergic with no cure.
Same here. If I ever get a mate cat allergy questions will be at the top of the list.
I saw an ad on CL with a 13 yr old cat this woman had since it was a kitten. She needed to rehome it because her new hubby didn't like cats! I just don't understand how these things don't come up in conversations until AFTER the wedding vows. Sheesh.

With so many people, pets simply aren't a priority. Rehoming to homes that actually want a cat is a good thing. Dumping a cat for convenience just because they just don't fit your lifestyle any longer? No way.
post #37 of 41
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
I know right! LOL I wouldn't get rid of my cat for NOTHING!!! I don't care...

It would be like as if your dating someone and they tell you that they are allergic to your baby, your human baby that youve spent all your time love and money on to be happy. Then your person that your dating suddenly says hes allergic to your baby and you must get rid of him... well its your baby- who do you pick???


i think of PHX as my baby... so thats why i am relating the two... i dont have any real kids so PHX is all i got!
Exactly how I feel and how anyone with pets should feel. They are living breathing beings with feelings and hearts. They are a family member, and that is IT.
post #38 of 41
Yep you're exactly right Nat. They aren't possessions, they are family. That's why if I am thinking about getting involved with someone, the first thing I ask her is "How do you feel about cats?".
post #39 of 41
In regards to allergies, I would love testing to find out why I take antihistamines every single day, all year round, but my doc wont do it, there reason is that most of the things we are allergic to can't be avoided - but if I knew what they were, I could at least take steps to reduce my contact with them!! With moving, I dont think it is always that easy to find places where you can take animals, what annoys me is that they leave it so close to moving, of course they know they are going!! I had a 12 year old who's owners was emigrating, I Can understand them not wanting to put her through the travel and quarantine to go frm teh UK to Australia, but what really gets me is the 'if i can't find a home, I will have to have him/her pts, i dont want to, but can't see an alternative', emotional blackmail is a very hard part of the job.
post #40 of 41
I'd tell my to-be husband to get used to my kitty 'cos she ain't goin' no where!
post #41 of 41
That is wonderful that you decided to fly the kitty home with you. I'm sure if she is a quiet cat, no one will ever know, Bless you for doing this, not many would've done the same thing.
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