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lmillar3 Posted at 2008/02/20 2:56pm reply to

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It was suggested I post this here as it will probably get more "views"...

Greetings Austin!

Brian and I are of course missing life down there, especially as it is so cold up here in the Boston area.

I am sorry to keep posting with pet issues, but a new one has developed and I am desperate for help! When we moved back to Boston we had to leave 2 of our kitties behind (Trouble and Paddles). We left them in a home that we thought was going to work out, but unfortunately did not. Right now my friend in the Fort Worth area has them, but some issues are developing. Paddles is extremely, extremely shy, but once you put in time to get to know her she is a true sweatheart who loves to sit in your lap (on her terms of course) and purrs with happiness. Because of her personality she is prone to behavioral issues with the litter. You may remember I posted last summer about having some similar problems - the stress of the new home, the trip down to Austin, getting an eye infection, the puppy - we think all led to a UTI and no litter use. We gave her antibiotics and bought a new type of litter and the problem went away. Well right now she is having her litter issues in my friends house. This is especially bad for them because they have 3 cats of their own (now Paddles and Trouble as well) and they have 4 children, 5 and under, with the littlest one just learning to crawl. Obvioulsy they cannot have kitty accidents all over the house for the health of the children and they do not want the other cats to start developing issues as well. They have tried their friends, coworkers, and fellow church members with no luck. There is no way that Brian and I can take them back right now - there is no way for us to get them up here and we do not have a place where they can stay even if we did get them here. I am desperately hoping that one of you or someone you might know would be willing to take Paddles (and Trouble if you are interested) in to give her a special, patient home. She would be better is a quieter house, we always thought she would do best with just a human couple and maybe another cat or two - once she gets to know you she will love you. Once she feels secure and safe the litter issues should resolve - she uses the litter box when she is locked in a room at my friends house, but that is not a viable option for them for more than a couple of nights. The only other option we seem to have right now is taking her to the shelter, but due to her behavioral issues they probably will not take her, which leaves the pound. We may get lucky there, but you just never know and it seems like putting her down will be the final outcome.

If you have any help to offer please let me know. We would love to find a safe, loving home for both of them (but Paddles is of course the main concern b/c Trouble will fit in anywhere). You can reply to this post, email me at: lmillar3@excite.com or even call my cell phone 508-934-6230 (verizon). We do not want her to go the shelter/pound!
Gabriel Posted at 2008/02/22 10:51am reply to

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Any update on this?
lmillar3 Posted at 2008/02/25 9:41am reply to

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Sort of - due to my distress and my friends own compassion for animals (especially one as special as Paddles) she and her husband will try to keep her for another month locked in a room. There is the understanding that if things get to be problematic for whatever reason they can make a decision that they feel will be best. The hope is that we might have a better idea of how to proceed in a months time. If anyone is interested please contact me. Otherwise I am hoping my friend and I can come up with a solution that will have everyones interest at heart.
karen Posted at 2008/02/26 1:16pm reply to

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this is just a suggestion, possibly already explored, but they could try posting an ad at the vet's office if allowed
lmillar3 Posted at 2008/03/24 10:46am reply to

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Karen thank you for your suggestion - I think she tried that, but for some reason it did not work.

It seems that things have worked out in any case. My friend stuck to her month of waiting things out and at the end she found 3 different homes for my little babies. She decided to go with a guy who has his mother living with him since his dad died a year ago. I guess she has always loved cats, but could not have them with her husband (allergies), but would still feed the strays and whatnot around her house. Anyway the son wanted to surprise her with a pair of cats to help with the lonliness. So far I think it is a success and I think it will be a good fit for them as there are no other animals and there are no children so Paddles should start to feel more at ease. The guy also has no problems with Paddles being shy as his girlfriend has 2 cats and it took about 2 months before they came out from hiding to meet him.
Gabriel Posted at 2008/03/24 10:38pm reply to

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Glad to hear that things worked out!
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