If it comes up when you go to the shelter to adopt a kitty- just explaine to them what you just wrote.
I think they should understand. I would caution you on one thing though- cats can live well into their early twenties- are you prepared to take care of a cat for 20+ years? Food, vet bills, emergencies, vaccinations,etc?....if you are then that's wonderful! If you have any second thoughts though i would reconsider and write out all of the reasons you want to adopt. I'm not trying to talk you out of adopting, just making sure you're aware of the common reasons animals are returned to shelters by their owners. Also, You said you're getting your own apartment soon- is there any chance in the future that yrs down the road (say you get married and get a house?) you would move somewhere that you can't take a kitty? A lot of those reasons - moving, bills, behavior....are the main issues that animals get relinquished to shelters on a common basis. I would go over every scenario first. I already applaud you for planning ahead of time, and seeking out advice oneline from experienced cat people
. Also, i highly recommend the books "kittens for dummies" and "cat's for dummies" - they're excellent books that cover everything from food, to behavior, to proper ways to groom your kitty! I would check them out from your local libary and read up before adopting your future kitty.
I'm sure you will come across a lot of wonderful info- i know i have! You seem like such a wonderful person!!! I'm sure that you will give some needy animal a loving and wonderful home when you feel the time is right!
Also, just out of curiosity, were the rabbits yours or your roommates? You mentioned that you were a working student and that at the time you didn't have the time or finances to care for two unneutered males- i'm not being mean at all asking this - but, are you now in a position to care for a cat for 20+ years before you bring one into your new apartment when you move? Also, between work and school, will you have enough time to care and give attention to your future kitty? I am a full time student and i also work and volunteer on the side- and i have all of my animals without problems, but those are questios that should be addressed before adopting
. As of right now, i have 4 cats of my own 1 dog at my house, one at my boyfriends, 1 rabbit and 3 foster kittens that are currently being bottle fed around the clock ( all of my animals are altared except for the foster kittens - they will be at the appropriate weight
) So it is doable- to work and attend classes full time and take care of an animal- you just have to make sure that it is the right arrangement for you
Also, was your roommate or you aware of the fact that all rabbits should be spayed/neutered just as cats and dogs to cut down on behaviorial issues? (i ask because i have a blue holland lop
). Adult male rabbits should Never be kept together if they are not neutered. / Maybe it was just a situation of misinformation ??? Maybe if you explaine the situation to the shelter if they bring it up, they will still let you adopt and have a better understaning of the pervious circumstances that led to you relinquishing the rabbits. I highly doubt the shelter will bring it up though- most shelters have soo many animals in and out on a daily basis that it's hard to recollect an animal from serveral months prior. No worries sweetie! You will find the perfect kitty for you- just make sure you're 100% ready before you bring it home for a long term commitment. Whatever you decide, i wish you luck and applaud you for researching first!!! I'm sure you will make a wonderful meowmy!!!!
Keep us posted! Feel free to pm me if you need anything, i'd be happy to listen