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Potential rehoming in Jan. or Feb. and ?'s

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
First off, if any of this post is not appropriate let me know and I'll edit/remove it.

I have a Russian blue Munchkin named Czarina. She's 6 years old if I remember right. I will very likely be moving in late January or Feburary and won't be able to take her with me. So, I would like to ask all of you what choices do I have other than surrendering her to the local animal shelter?

I am in North Bend, Washington.
post #2 of 15
My first question is this: Are you certain there is no way to take her with you?

If there is absolutely no way, you can contact local shelters/rescues to see if you can list her as a "courtesy posting" now. That way, there is a chance she could get adopted before you have to move. Also, only take her to a no-kill animal shelter if you must. And don't wait until a few days before you are moving, often times there is no room for more cats. I volunteer for the local humane society & people always call the day before they're moving & we never have space.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick response. I didn't expect any so soon. I would say I'm 95% certain I can't take her with me. I will be flying and she doesn't take well to traveling at all. Any driving to her new home will be quite an experience itself. She has a set of pipes on her you wouldn't believe when she's in a pet carrier. She also seems to enjoy being the only cat in the house. I had another for a while, but she didn't get along with him at all. Where I'm moving to there will already be 3 cats so if I can get her a house where she can rule unopposed I think she'll be happier.

I will be sure to get anything taken care of long before I move. I wouldn't want the added problems of trying to find a place for her just before I leave. And thanks for the "courtesy posting" tip.
post #4 of 15
I know traveling would be stressful for her & you, but being re-homed completely would be more stessful. I've seen it happen.

Would it be possible to move her with you & give her 3 months or so to adjust?

If she doesn't adjust well, then try to re-home her? You could talk to your vet about ways to make traveling easier. There's tons of info here on how to move with a cat, traveling with a cat, & introducing cats.
post #5 of 15
TRY to discuss with your vet maybe some medicine to help her relax ... at 6 yrs old she would be a older kitty and MANY folks would NOT consider adopting her ... Some shelters will for UNKNOWN reasons PTS animals over a certian age..... I have travelled by car cross country three times with various age animals and it is not a problem if you there owner are there and some need a calming agent ... Feliway is a OTC one that comes in a spray for ultra conveince
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I know traveling would be stressful for her & you, but being re-homed completely would be more stessful. I've seen it happen.

Would it be possible to move her with you & give her 3 months or so to adjust?

If she doesn't adjust well, then try to re-home her? You could talk to your vet about ways to make traveling easier. There's tons of info here on how to move with a cat, traveling with a cat, & introducing cats.

I think these are great ideas.

The most important constant in your cat's life is you. You're probably going to have a bedroom with a door that can be closed, which will give her a space to feel safe and secure in. (And where she can be queen!)

People in their 20s or so often move a lot -- a cat can survive that. But again, you're her most important constant.

And I agree with others, too, your vet can give you stuff that will make the travel much easier for her.

Please keep her!
post #7 of 15
I would also find a way for her to come with. I would NEVER move anywhere that my cats couldn't go with me. At six years old, there is really no chance for her to get a good home and adjust. It will be easier for her to adjust with you while you're adjusting. I could never go anywhere without my kitty... They're my children, as well as my other skinhead kids! An Important member of the family... Just as I wouldn't go anywhere that didn't except my kids, I wouldn't go anywhere that wouldn't except my kitties. Talk to your vet. Get a sedative or something! She will be fine!
post #8 of 15
My heart is breaking.. I could never let my russian blue "forest" go - he is like my child. Why can't you bring her where your going? Is there anyone that she is familiar with that would take her?
post #9 of 15
I do agree with what everyone else says and I would like to stress the fact that while she will be scared and stressed out flying or travelling by car, she will be MUCH more stressed out without you there with her. I also recommend taking her with you, keeping her in your bedroom room only, no matter how small, just let her be with you until she calms down and take it from there. She will be a lot better with you then in not only a whole new situation, but without a familiar face to help her through it.

Like someone else mentioned, pick up some Feliway from the vet or a pet store for the travel and for your room when she gets there. Is she spayed? If not it will just add to the problems because heat cycles put a lot of stress on the cat as well.
post #10 of 15
I dont think any of that is the real issue! I dont think she really wants to take the cat with her otherwise she would be inclined to take kitty with!
If that sounds mean or harsh Im sorry but you couldn't pry the kittys out of my cold dead hand much less give them away without a huge struggle.
post #11 of 15
It's not the trip; it's the destination. She says (read her posts again) that her cat is scared and possibly aggressive to other cats; and that might be a problem if she's moved into a multi-cat household. (The idea of keeping your door closed and the cat in the room is a good one, IMO. It could be temporary until introductions can be made, or permanent; but either way it seems like a solution to me.)

I do think that you ought to try taking her with you, just in case there aren't any problems, or in case you can work around the problems that do pop up. At least that way, there'll be a chance that she can stay with you rather than having to suffer through a re-homing as a middle aged kitty.
post #12 of 15
Jasonmel, you figured anything out yet?? Dont take what we say too hard... We're not trying to be mean and ultimately its your decision. We just know how hard it would be on the kitty to be without you... Please let us know what you decide
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
I haven't decided anything just yet, but now things have changed a bit. I had thought I had two other cats placed, but my friend called earlier and said he can't take them. These 2 cats are 14 and 13 years old and I have no idea what to do there. Rusty's 14 and a red tabby. Cleo's 13 and a Calico.

I'll call the local shelter tomorrow (if they're open) and see what I can do there. I knew all along something like this might happen and now that it's here I wish I didn't have to do it.

I can post pictures of the cats if anyone here would be interested in them.
post #14 of 15
Please, if you take them anywhere....make sure it is a no-kill facility. Senior cats are hard to place(trust me, I volunteer & am struggling with the fact that we might euthanize a senior kitty very soon). Many humane societies & shelters would euthanize them outright.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Just an update, so far I'm not having any luck finding homes or a shelter I can take Rusty, Cleo, and Czarina to. I have Czarina posted in PetFinder courtesy of Cat Purebred Rescue with no responses so far. The Humane Society says on their site they're requesting a $200 donation per pet. I don't have that kind of money. Sometime this weekend I'll post again with pictures of the cats. Maybe someone here will take a liking to at least one of them or know someone that would be interested.
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