My Cat Needs a New Home

I have three cat companions, and one of them, I fear, will not survive the move cross-country. She’s a little neurotic. Her name is Zoë, and she’s six years old, spayed, declawed, and updated on her annual shots. She’s really gorgeous and has a gentle personality.

So what’s the problem, you ask? I adopted Zoë from foster care when she was six months. She and a sibling were abandoned at six weeks of age. They were left in a box, and the rescuer had a number of large dogs that attacked the box. The traumatic experience altered Zoë. Her caregivers said she was psychotic and totally untouchable when they got her. Over time she calmed down (she lived in a room with 30 other cats to be socialized), but remained skittish. She was beautiful, and I’ve got a soft spot for cast-offs, so I adopted her along with another cat.

Over the years, Zoë has become as tame as she will probably ever be. I think she has post-traumatic stress disorder. She likes to sleep in enclosed, quiet places, and it is a rare visitor who ever lays eyes on her. If you sneeze loudly or make a sudden movement, she nearly jumps out of her skin. However, she also is a come-sit-beside-you cat who loves to snuggle. Don’t try to pick her up. She freaks out. If you let her come to you, however, she will roll on her back and let you rub her belly. She is playful. Zoë brings to mind a quote I like:

Happiness is like a butterfly,the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.

–By Nathanial Hawthorne

My concern is that the four days to California might just undo what stability she’s achieved. Each cat will travel in a carrier, and at night we’ll let them out in the motel room to eat and use the litterbox. We will consider tranquilzers, but adminstering a pill to her is virtually impossible. If she’s too lethargic, she won’t be up to eating and such in the evenings. It just doesn’t seem like a happy situation. Furthermore, we’ll rent an apartment in CA, and most places have a limit of two pets.

What Zoë needs is a place to live that is quiet (no dogs!) with someone who can accept a cat who is very cat-like (aloof, interacts with you on her terms). She socializes well with other cats, mostly because she does not try to dominate. She finds her niche. I’ve been hoping and praying to find a loving home for her, but this is proving difficult. If we don’t succeed, and decide not to take her, we have but one alternative, and that is to put her down. I dearly wish to avoid that.

Please consider giving sweet Zoë a home, and ask your among your friends and family if anyone could adopt her. Email me at kathryn at pobox dot com.

You can see a photo of her below.

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3 Comments on “My Cat Needs a New Home”

  1. Bill Bradford Says:

    Check your mail!

  2. Laura Says:

    I hope you were able to find a place for her. If not – I was going to pass this on to friends but couldn’t find anywhere that said where you are right now! If she would not handle well a move to CA, I doubt she will handle being shipped anywhere any better. 🙂 Also, if you can’t find her a home – please, please look for no-kill shelters before choosing to have her put down?

  3. Jes Says:

    I’m concerned that losing the mother she has come to trust would be more traumatic for her than a move ever could be. Moving can be stressful, yes – but losing the person they love is very painful, especially when they are already skittish. Please, please re-think this.

    Not to mention, if you move to an apartment with a 2 cat limit, why not find a home for one of the cats who doesn’t have such a trust issue? I don’t know if this is the case (so I am not assuming), but please ask yourself if you are willing to give her up because she’s not as loving as the other two.

    Also, giving her to someone else who states they will keep her no matter what, and means it when they say it, doesn’t mean they will keep that promise down the road. You really don’t know how it will turn up in the end. If she becomes a problem to them, she could be thrown outdoors to fend for herself, taken to a kill shelter or who knows what.