Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hobbit - update

I took Hobbit to my vet to have her checked out and get a combo test. She is very healthy and combo was negative! My vet pulled some strings and got her accepted by a small rescue organization (no-kill). They have 2 more kittens of about the same size and they will be fostered together until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted.

I was somewhat torn about this, but he assured me that they have a very good reputation and have strict screening criteria for potential adopters. The main thing that made me decide to give her to them, rather than try a little longer to find a home myself was that she would be living with 2 other kittens. She was really too lonely here, all alone in the room for the vast majority of the time. Also, this way she will definitely be spayed.

This is a small local organization and they told me they would update me on her progress. I am hoping for the best for her. This was not an easy decision at all and even now I'm second guessing myself. I wish I could have done better for her and found a home that I knew for sure was a good one, but I hope she is better off today than she was a week ago. I tried to do what I thought gave her the best chance to have a happy life and I hope is was enough...

Thank you for everybody's support and suggestions.


Little Hobbit is just too cute!. I've got her set up in an spare bedroom and she is running all over the place. She climbs on the bed, which is pretty high and when she wants to get down she just jumps down with abandon.

Unfortunately she is spending about 23 out of 24 hours a day by herself, since I work long hours and when I get home in the evening there are many demands on my time. After calling about 15 no-kill shelters all over Georgia, it seems that that is not going to be an option - they are full to capacity. I've now put an ad on Petfinder and Craigslist and am hoping for the best. Please spread the word if you know about somebody who is looking for a very adorable kitty to adopt.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Hobbit - looking for a home

I have called just about every no-kill shelter in Georgia, but they are all full or don't take cats from private people. It is a real bad situation. She is very cute and playful so if you or anybody you know is looking to adopt a tiny, hairy-feet kitty, please consider her.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Dumped kitten needs forever home

Yesterday, my neighbors dumped a little kitten on my doorstep! Everybody in the neighborhood knows I have cats since they often see me outside playing with them. They knocked on my door and when I opened they said they found this kitten and their Grandmother told them that they could not keep it and that they should give it to me!

These neighbors had 2 cats when I originally moved in, neither sterilized. The female had kittens and when they were about 8 weeks old they (including the mother) disappeared. When I asked about them, they said they gave her and the kittens away. The male cat got into a fight, had huge wounds on it which became infected and he died. In both these cases I tried to talk them into getting the cats sterilized and taking the male to the vet. Their excuse was always that they did not have money, even though I found a low cost spay and neuter facility and gave them all the information. The mother cat was also extremely thin and constantly ran into my house to eat food. She seemed extremely underfed.

If I thought that there was any chance that they would look after this kitten I would have just taken it back to the grandmother and told them to look after it themselves, but I was unsure about whether they would not just dump it in the woods somewhere.

In any case, I already have 4 cats and my landlord has been very lenient with letting me keep Trouble and Squishy. However she put her food down now (understandably) and I cannot keep this kitten.

I guess she is about 4-5 weeks old. She eats on her own and even uses the tiny litterbox I put down for her. I havn't taken her to the vet yet, but she appears to be healthy, no runny eyes or scabby skin or anything. She is tame and very playful.

If you or your friends are in the market for a new kitty, please consider her. I live in Georgia and will deliver her within reasonable distance.

At the moment I'm calling her Hobbit, because she has huge hairy feet!

UPDATE: I have already called about 7 no-kill shelters in my area and they are all full. The local Humane Society only takes animals from high-kill shelters, not the public. The animal control for my county does not even take in any cats - yes hard to believe, but true.