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Lost Cat
So I went to visit my cat yesterday. He's 19 and he lives with my ex, as I was not able to get a place that allowed cats when I moved out during the divorce.

I always thought I'd have him come live with me when I could, and now when I finally am living in a place where I could have a cat I am having to face the fact that it is never going to happen. He seems to be just too old to deal well with moving and I can't do that to him.

So instead of having him around all the time, I get to see him every now and then for 5 minutes. And it breaks my fucking heart. He was my first kitty and he is a wonderful cat. We were always very close. When my mom died, he took such good care of me, always sticking close by, climbing onto my lap with amazing gentleness and purring so softly, clearly concerned about me.

He is being well taken care of, so that helps (if he wasn't, I would have him out of there in a heartbeat!) but he is just lost to me now, and I'm incredibly upset.

When they had a baby, a few months ago, I thought it would be ther perfect time for Pounce to come live with me, as they have their hands full, and I am around a lot. Peter says that Pouncer is too old to deal with moving, and worries about him getting used to another cat being around. I don't see the other cat being an issue, as she is very mellow and not aggro in the least - they'd probably actually enjoy each other's company as both of them are old and chill. But, sad to say, it seems that it may be true that he is just too old to deal well with moving.

Please do NOT suggest I get another cat. It will only make me feel worse. There is already "another cat" here, and while she is perfectly nice, she isn't Pounce. I want MY cat. And it just ain't gonna happen.


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sabotlours From: sabotlours Date: November 9th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* I'm sorry. I know how much love a special cat can bring to ones life.
carol_kitty From: carol_kitty Date: November 10th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
If he is your cat then you should be able to take him back. Cats are more resilliant than your ex thinks.
jennconspiracy From: jennconspiracy Date: November 10th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)

you could borrow Dobson and then you'll totally never want a cat again! :)
jennconspiracy From: jennconspiracy Date: November 10th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
dustycrevice From: dustycrevice Date: November 10th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't believe it, M! He has them conned into believing he's weak so they'll give him caviar. Do not listen to them. Pounce is fine and very strong. At least he was last time I saw him, which was last year. He was very verbal, very affectionate, and even a little playful with me (but I bring that out in animals). I can't imagine he's declined that much. He's inevitably not going to get the attention he's used to once the baby starts getting more interactive and involved in stuff.

What's the worst that can happen? Pounce dies? Don't you want him to be with you for that? Further, I don't think a move and a new mellow kitty companion will inspire him to expire. In fact, if you keep him in turkey legs and fish goop, he'll probably not even notice the difference. I just don't think he'll be able to get up to the kitchen level on either set of steps. That might bum him out more than anything. Not being in the kitchen to smell the fridge when it's open. I know how much he likes that. I think he almost climbed in the last time I saw him. He's got such a great sense of humor. ;)

If anything, give it a trial run.
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