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Pussy Galore
The universe conspires against me. No, really; I'm serious.

But I'll save all that for another entry. Right now, I have a more pressing matter.

Adorable calico kittycat has adopted me. We'll call her "Harley" for now. She sleeps under the bushes next to the house, and cries at the door for me to come out and pet her. When I do, she wraps herself around my legs and mews and purrs and begs to be let into the house. At first I thought that perhaps she had kittens in trouble, as she made efforts to lead me around under the bushes, but now I think she was just trying to show me her current living situation

She can't be totally feral. She's tremendously affectionate (the most affectionate cat I've ever met, in fact, and that's saying something) and responds to commands.

I don't know if I can afford another cat right now, for a variety of reasons:
...transporting two cats to Florida is much more difficult than transporting one
...finding a rental that allows cats (as opposed to "cat") is likewise difficult
...Maxman is not keen on her (she's dominant and he's a scaredy cat)
...smellycat likely has fleas and appears to need dental work (or listerine)

However, the nights are getting colder. I had a very hard time leaving her outside last night, and we expect a frost tonight.

So the question becomes...

Do I take her to the vet today, or do I take her to the no-kill shelter?

photo of kitty

Poll #361336 O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love - What a beautiful Pussy you are

What do I do with this lovely pussy?

Take her to the vet and adopt her immediately!
Take her to the shelter - she'll be adopted in no time!
Do something else! (Please explain in comments.)

I'm feeling all kinds of: runcible spoon
What I hear: office chatter

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gefiltebitch From: gefiltebitch Date: October 5th, 2004 06:43 am (UTC) (permalink)
i would avoid taking her into the house. when they have dental problems, it can mean that they have feline leukemia which is fairly common in outside cats, and would be highly transmittable to your maxman. so be careful!!
scottobear From: scottobear Date: October 5th, 2004 07:03 am (UTC) (permalink)
my exact thoughts!
From: insaniac Date: October 5th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC) (permalink)
yeah you dont know where that mouth has been!
From: tk7602 Date: October 5th, 2004 06:43 am (UTC) (permalink)
i would probably take her to the vet (assuming i had the $$ for it) just to see if she was ok / how she would handle it, then make a decision from there.

for example, if she needs thousands of dollars of medical care, it might not be the best idea to take her in.

but if she's a friendly and happy cat that has fallen on hard times, it might be more feasible.

mactavish From: mactavish Date: October 5th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC) (permalink)
Check for leukemia indeed.

And as others have said, check your circumstances, including whether you can afford the treatments she'll probably need. My inclination would be the no-kill shelter for Max's comfort, primarily (the dominance thing) and that if she's so sweet, she will find a home soon.
ztrooper From: ztrooper Date: October 5th, 2004 06:48 am (UTC) (permalink)
taking the cat to the vet would be a good idea, but honestly, affectionate or not, are you really wanting to turn your whole household on it's ear for a new cat? I am a softie too, but, if the critter needs serious medical, I'd think twice about adopting the cat off the street. A no kill shelter is a better option, imho. If the cat just has fallen on hard times, then a no-kill shelter would definitely be a step up, and a best shot at a new, loving home.
From: acheron_hades Date: October 5th, 2004 06:55 am (UTC) (permalink)
If she responds to commands, I think you need to seriously consider the possibility that she's not actually a cat. In my book, that is extremely un-feline behaviour ;-)
inspectorjury From: inspectorjury Date: October 5th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC) (permalink)
People don't choose cats. Cats choose people. It doesn't happen often. You've been chosen. This from a man who doesn't really care for cats all that much. Keep the darn cat.
sunshine_two From: sunshine_two Date: October 5th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC) (permalink)
Animals choose you, not the other way around. She'll likely be the best pest you've ever had.

Take her to the vet, get her cleaned up, and let the ol' Max adjust. They might snarl and hiss at one another for a while but, they'll get over it.
kodakrome From: kodakrome Date: October 5th, 2004 07:11 am (UTC) (permalink)
yes, you were chosen.. keep the cat but take the kitty to the vet before to be safe.
beautyorbeast From: beautyorbeast Date: October 5th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC) (permalink)
As an animal lover (having 2 cats and 2 dogs myself), I'm more concerned about you. With everything going on in your life right now do you really need something else to worry about?

Take her to the animal shelter. Since she is such a loving kitten she'll be adopted in no time.

I know it's easier said than done though so, good luck!
underwatercolor From: underwatercolor Date: October 5th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC) (permalink)
This was my reasoning as well. :)
zebra From: zebra Date: October 5th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC) (permalink)
You know, I voted at first to tell you to keep the cat (I'm a soft touch), but now I'm not so sure. Hmm! Bear in mind that this advice is coming from a man who can't even keep house*plants* alive, much less house*cats*.

I miss you, honey! And I wish you the best -- both in your issue du chat or whatever (it's a fake-French kind of morning) and in the move! Are you excited? :)
duinlas From: duinlas Date: October 5th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC) (permalink)
Give the cat to a shelter and train Z as a new cat pet! TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE, SCORE++++++++ A+++++++++++ VERY GOOD SELLER! WILL BUY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
From: aerasin Date: October 5th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC) (permalink)
You already know the answer. Go with what your heart tells you. Good luck!
From: insaniac Date: October 5th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC) (permalink)
its nice now, but it could be a complete tyrant once it gets inside. Your situation with the whole florida thing makes it seem like this is bad timing...I say take her to a shelter, some little kid looking for a new kitty will be really happy
serendipity From: serendipity Date: October 5th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC) (permalink)
I agree with all of the opinions expressed above, lol!

Overall, though, I think it may not be fair to the kitty to adopt her now - with all the stress of moving and all. Who knows, maybe she was lost by another family during a move? In fact, regardless of your decision, the very first thing you should do is definitely contact the shelter to see if someone is looking for her. Then, let your heart help you make the tough decision between the vet and the no-kill shelter!
felisdemens From: felisdemens Date: October 5th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC) (permalink)
I'm in the same boat - lovely gray male, sweet and affectionate... but I have a dominant male who hates other cats.

sigh. He's still cooped up in the office. I have made no decisions yet.
damnitnicole From: damnitnicole Date: October 5th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC) (permalink)
But, like others said, do wait on introducing her to your current cat. She may have something contagious.
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