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Old 04-15-2016, 10:20 PM
 
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Guess who's home?

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Old 04-15-2016, 10:29 PM
 
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Not only did you do the right thing, but you were incredibly fortunate to have found a space for him so quickly. When I found a kitty that tested positive for feline leuk (FIV negative), it took me six weeks and five counties over.

As for him looking terrified during his intake pics, I'm guessing a good percentage of kitties look like that. Heck, you should see my cats photo that the vet took when they made her ID - she looks like a feral cat!

Cat are TOUGH! I understand you want to go get him - but if you don't, please know he has probably already started to settle in. You know kitties, they hate change, but ironically, they are highly adaptable to it.

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Old 04-15-2016, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Guess who's home?
OMG!!! I've been wondering about you and him ALL DAY LONG!!! I told my hubby....bet she's making all the arrangements before she gets him so she has it all worked out in her mind, no worries, just enjoy him this weekend and then get busy getting on with life with the new guy!!!!

My gosh...he's beautiful!!!! I take it things went well??? Hope so, but doesn't matter. Important thing is that HE'S HOME!!!!! YAY!!!!! I'm very happy for you, and truly, not surprised. I think you've made a great choice for him...when he found his way into your yard he had already chosen you!!!!
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:39 AM
 
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My gosh...he's beautiful!!!! I take it things went well??? Hope so, but doesn't matter. Important thing is that HE'S HOME!!!!! YAY!!!!! I'm very happy for you, and truly, not surprised. I think you've made a great choice for him...when he found his way into your yard he had already chosen you!!!!

I know this wasn't the most logical or adult choice, really. But a good friend reminded me that the last impulsive emotional decision I made was taking responsibility for Jonas...which was the single best decision of my life thus far. And frankly, I kind of feel that I've spent a huge chunk of my life taking care of other people and very rarely ask for anything for myself. My cats are one of the very few things that make me genuinely happy.

Thank you so much for sharing your story about your boy's oral issues. I had a serious talk with Oliver's vet before bringing him home...I wanted to make sure she felt the extractions were medically necessary. The veterinary dentist was downright enthusiastic about doing them, but I trust our regular vet's opinion more than anyone's. I basically wanted to make sure I wasn't biased toward doing the procedure because it would make it easier to keep Oliver, you know? She felt that while the extractions weren't an emergency, it was something that would need to be done at some point in the near future and that it wouldn't be ethically or medically unsound to do them before his problems get worse. It was very reassuring to hear how well your boy did and how much improvement he showed.

I was *terrified* on the way up to the shelter. I was sure they were going to turn me down flat. In reality they were incredibly understanding and had him ready to go in under ten minutes. The adoption paperwork for him was very in-depth about his oral issues and came with a contract stating the new owner would agree to do the extractions. The worker admitted they wouldn't be able to enforce it, but I was impressed by the paperwork...it was very clear and upfront about all of his issues. I think my worries about the shelter itself were definitely just a result of my panic and anxiety and I would absolutely contact them again if I ever came across a cat in need. The worker was very happy he was going back to someone who already knew what needed to be done and was committed to carrying it through. They even charged me a reclaim fee instead of the adoption fee.

Though all in all...this was an expensive lesson! When we dropped Oliver off on Sunday we donated all of his things, so everything had to be replaced...toys, food, his litter box, everything. I was worried the shelter wouldn't give him back because Robin isn't vaccinated (with the knowledge and support of her vet), so we had her vaccinated this week so it would be in her file. So all in all, it ended up costing me almost three hundred dollars to replace stuff I already owned and get my cat back! Still, totally worth it!

Thanks again for the support! It definitely helped nudge me in the right direction.
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Old 04-16-2016, 06:58 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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Haha, welcome home Oliver! He is definitely a cutie. And as you say, now you don't have to worry about his teeth being taken care of. I'll be interested to hear how cat introductions go, down the road.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:41 AM
 
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Haha, welcome home Oliver! He is definitely a cutie. And as you say, now you don't have to worry about his teeth being taken care of. I'll be interested to hear how cat introductions go, down the road.
They've actually already had some very carefully controlled interactions. He's very interested in the other cats and they seem pretty willing to ignore him. There's been very little hissing. He's also bolted out of his room a few times...one time he made a beeline for Jonas and started eating off his plate and Jonas didn't even react. Another time he raced down the stairs as Jonas was on his way down and they were literally pressed hip to hip and shoulder to shoulder...again, Jonas didn't even break stride. My concern was never that they wouldn't get along enough to coexist but rather that Jonas's poor social skills might someday escalate a normal encounter enough to cause a bite. Jonas is basically the kid on the playground who pushes other kids down and then gets confused when they cry.
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Well, this has been a roller-coaster ride of emotion and I am happy that it has ended so well. PJJ - you made me cry when you said that you've spent a huge chunk of your life taking care of others and that your cats genuinely make you happy. I totally understand what you mean - I'm the same way. Cannot turn away from someone (in fur!) in need...this has been an expensive lesson for you but such a happy ending. I am also impressed at how thorough the shelter is - they have certainly improved since years ago apparently - good thing too!

Enjoy your boy and your entire little furry family! Thank you for all the good news - share any time!!
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:23 AM
 
Location: southern kansas
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Glad to see Oliver home with you. You were already emotionally invested in him, and that means he'll have the best home no matter what it takes. You made a tough decision, but the right one, I think. Hope everything works out well for you and Oliver. He's a very handsome fellow btw.
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