Friends who have five cats have taken in an abandoned cat, age 3 and healthy (all the relevant tests have been done). Two of their cats refuse to accept the newcomer, and these people are very upset about it. We have the room, money and patience to take in another cat, but I'm worried about JC's reaction. He doesn't accept other cats, or even kids that he views as "competition", and has eosinophilic granuloma complex, which is frequently triggered by stress. We live in an old house, where all the rooms have doors, so it is possible to separate animals that don't get along. I don't know whether to offer to take in the abandoned cat or not. He was out on the streets for several weeks, and letting him roam free is not an option, because we live too close to a busy street. We have been through the stress of having to separate animals that don't get along before, but JC is our baby, and I don't want to jeopardize his health or happiness. Should I wait and see if the abandoned cat finds a new home (difficult, because he is an outdoor cat in a large city with a lot of traffic), or offer to adopt him? My husband thinks it would be unfair to JC. I think we could probably deal with the problem, but am afraid that JC will feel "betrayed"! What are your thoughts?
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9/5/03 at 4:39pm