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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I was at the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA earlier today for a visit and I fell in love with not just one cat but 2 cats and 2 dogs. I asked that all 4 be put on hold so I can my DH with me tomorrow.

here are links these are their pages from their website

Celine 2 years
http://hbspcapets.shelterbuddy.com/a...t=3&statusID=3

Jasmine 1 year
http://hbspcapets.shelterbuddy.com/a...=14&statusID=3

Tinkle Trunk 1 year
http://hbspcapets.shelterbuddy.com/a...=22&statusID=3

Ty 3 years
http://hbspcapets.shelterbuddy.com/a...=23&statusID=3

DH has agreed to get more animals and agrees that adopting would be best. I can't wait for tomorrow.
post #2 of 24
Please note Tickle Trunk is NOT suitable for a home with children....that could prove disastrous in 6 months for you. Some places not everyone will be aware of that/or the reasoning....so I wanted to be sure you were aware of her being "labeled" as such.
post #3 of 24
Wow, that's a lot of options!

Are you thinking of getting just one or multiple?
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yes I am aware of the labeling on the site. However when I went in to see her I had my 3 year old goddaughter with me and Tinkle Trunk warmed right up to her before she did with me. I asked the volunteer at the shelter what could have happened to her with children. I was told that her previous owners had small children that used to torture her. I was also told that Tinkle Trunk is great with cats and other animals.
post #5 of 24
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See the thing is I fell in love with all four. And the worst part (for me anyways) is that they all get along so well. I would really love to adopt all four as I do have lots of room for the cats and plenty of space for the dogs to run around. I just hope my DH agrees.
post #6 of 24
Good luck!! They are all beautiful!!

Our old dog had ears just like Ty. Love him! I also have a HUGE soft spot for grey cats, always have. I have always always always wanted a grey cat, and finally got one with Nora. I was going to get a grey and white cat instead of Gus who was peach/buff colored, but my mom's dog killed that kitten. I'm glad I got Gus though.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
OH YEAH OH YEAH

My DH has agreed to the adopting under one condition. He gets a border collie. Our neighbors (across the road) have a litter ready to go to their forever homes. I of course said yes. But one problem with the adoption is my DH has said no to Tinkle Trunk. Only because of the her issue with children. he said it is better to be safe than sorry. And as much as I hate to admit it. I agree with him on that one. I would hate to fall completely in love with her and then when the babies arrive have to find her a new home because of her aggression with children.
post #8 of 24
Sorry to throw a dampener on things, but I wouldnt look to adopt now - you have a pregnant cat, and you dont know yet if you are going to be able to let them go, and you are pregnant with triplets, I would wait a few months to see how things work out first.
post #9 of 24
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Snow has already given birth and we are going to keep the kittens. Sad to say that 3 out of the five kittens were found dead this morning. RIP beautiful kittens
post #10 of 24
Sorry, I must have missed that thread, RIP little ones. If you are keeping both the kittens, I wouldnt look to adopt any from a shelter yet - also be careful if any of the kittens are male, as mums sometimes reject them when they get to sexual maturity, so you could have some issues in 6 months.
post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 
I knew about the rejection thing. it usually happens because of how rough male kittens play. I don't about your advice though. I really have my heart set on these little darlings. no offense or anything. But my mind's up and my heart is already into this. Don't have the heart to turn back now. i am leaving for the shelter in an hour. i do have lots of space for all cats. And Ty will have lots of room on the farm to run around. Right now Snow is in the spare room with the kittens. As that is where she chose as her birthing room. Go figure it be on my new linens. I had just bought new linens for the bed and had them set on the floor waiting for the old linens to be stripped and thrown in the wash. Good thing the bed hadn't been stripped yet.
post #12 of 24
IT's actually nothing to do with rough playing, it is hormonal - mumcats push the males away in the wild, as cats dont care who they mate, and it is rare for male and female cats to live together, females normally stay in a group. Entirely up to you, but I just think with a mum and new babies, and pregnant yourself, you are best off waiting a few months.
post #13 of 24
Whoa, thats alot of furbabies to adopt at once!

You'll have fur flying like crazy around there
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by booktigger View Post
Sorry to throw a dampener on things, but I wouldnt look to adopt now - you have a pregnant cat, and you dont know yet if you are going to be able to let them go, and you are pregnant with triplets, I would wait a few months to see how things work out first.
Oh my!

I'm absolutely not the type to discourage adopting a homeless animal, but it sounds like you are about to have your hands totally full in the near future. To be fair to these babies, are you going to have the time to devote to all of them? Your nesting instincts are quite high right now and of course you are going to fall in love with them. Think about life in a year before you adopt all of them.
post #15 of 24
If you are adopting Ty, ask where he came from the HBSPCA brings dogs up from the US, especially after hurricanes etc, and your vet may not look for some of the diseases more prone to certain areas if he thinks it is a Canadian dog
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
I have thought about adopting for a very long time. In fact 2 years. I have thought about life in a year. I am home day in and day out. As I plan on being a stay at home mom. I already have a farm full of over 30 animals what's a few more indoor babies. Having my own babies in a few short months is not at all going to stop me from spending time with the kitties and new dog. I have already gone through screenings at the shelter. Was just waiting to find the purrfect companion. I found 2 plus a precious dog. Finances are not at all a concern of ours. We make all our money from commercial properties we rent out on top of the income we make off the farm.
post #17 of 24
I am also going to be a "wet blanket," especially where the dogs are concerned. The dogs are Jack Russell crosses, and that means they will have the "terrier mentality." TONS of energy, lots of barking. They also become bored very quickly and are have an extremely high prey drive...and love to chase/kill any small mammal--including cats. At our shelter here, the workers have to be extremely careful to make sure any Jack Russells never come close to the kittens/cats as they can be dangerous.

Also, with the triplets coming, you simply have no idea what's ahead. Likely months of bedrest prior to delivery, and then possible time going back and forth to NICU if they babies aren't ready to come home with you. You'll be recovering from surgery, will be hormonal, exhausted and then have care of preterm babies once they do get home. If you adopt all those pets right now, it has much potential for disaster, in many ways.

Good luck with your decision.

Cally
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
We have already decided we are not going to be adopting Tinkle due to her inability to be around children. We do want to have Ty. I have had Jack Russells all my life and have never had a problem with them and my cats or other small animals. Another breed stereotype IMO. Also when I went to see them the first time I visited with all 4 at the same time in the "playroom" Ty already gets along great with the 2 cats. Also Snow has no problems adapting to other animals.
post #19 of 24
I think that yes, you are gonna have a full house...full of fun and love. With having a farm already i am sure you have someone helping around there so that the 'indoor' animals won't be neglected. If anything they will have quite a fulfilling life. Making friends with the farm animals and neighbors animals. Sounds like my kind of life. Congrats on the triplets also...what a beautiful time for you.

Some people have the circumstances to have a large animal household. I think they are certainly fortunate.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by fifi1puss View Post
I think that yes, you are gonna have a full house...full of fun and love. With having a farm already i am sure you have someone helping around there so that the 'indoor' animals won't be neglected. If anything they will have quite a fulfilling life. Making friends with the farm animals and neighbors animals. Sounds like my kind of life. Congrats on the triplets also...what a beautiful time for you.

Some people have the circumstances to have a large animal household. I think they are certainly fortunate.
Ditto - Good Luck!!! If I had your circumstances, I would go for it for sure! They will have a nice house to run around, and lots of love... You are very fortunate - (if you want to adopt a human being, I am the first one on the list, BTW )
post #21 of 24
Well -- if you have stamina to look after three newborns and all these animals --- I wish you well. I personally would also wait to see what's what with your impending pregnancy and babies. Are these your first children? It's different than being a god mother or an aunt. Newborns are extremely demanding of time and energy and you will be getting very little sleep, especially if you do not have a nursemaid or someone in the home to help you with those chores... multiply that times three.

As someone else indicated they could be premature... and you may have to deliver by Cesarian section. Abdominal surgery is no cakewalk, I can tell you from personal experience.
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
It's official. The kitties are coming home. I will be picking up the cats on Tuesday. And already have an appointment with the vet set up for that afternoon. So we'll be going from the shelter to the vet. Ty however got really snappy with us. We are going to wait just a little longer to see if anything changes. He was a little ill. And the shelter did not want to adopt him out being ill.
post #23 of 24
Congrats on the kittens! That's too bad about Ty; did the shelter say what he was sick with?

When is your hubby's puppy coming home? I've always loved border collies, but they are, sadly, too high-energy for my apartment-living, full-time professional-working lifestyle.

Good luck with your full house!
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post
Congrats on the kittens! That's too bad about Ty; did the shelter say what he was sick with?

When is your hubby's puppy coming home? I've always loved border collies, but they are, sadly, too high-energy for my apartment-living, full-time professional-working lifestyle.

Good luck with your full house!
Ty has a URI. My DH's puppies will be ready to come home in 2 weeks. The "puppy sitters" as my DH calls them are taking them to the vet for 2nd round of shots.
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