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Marilee J. Layman

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06:44 pm: Looking for Cats
Spirit clearly needs a couple more cats to spend time with -- I'm not enough -- so I've been looking for what's close online. I found that a lot of the local organizations foster their cats out to houses and very few houses in this area are accessible. A batch of the other organizations show only at PetSmarts, and I'm not sure 20 minutes is enough to get to know cats. My city's shelter has only two adult cats, assuming their website is accurate, but there are more at the county shelter. They both have odd hours where they're not open in the hours I'm usually out, but I'm sure I can juggle that. But then there's the question of whether an organization will let a handicapped woman with a cat who is going blind and has anxiety disorder and compulsive disorder take on two cats. I'll just have to see.

Nothing else exciting today, except that I keep thinking it's Saturday.

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From:akirlu
Date:September 4th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
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You may also want to spend some time checking your local craigslist for cats. Depending on who is looking to place animals, they can be quite accommodating. You may be able to find a rescue, vet, or individual that's more flexible on adoption and hours than the local shelters.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
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There are an awful lot of people who want money to give up pets they can't keep. Less money than the shelters and rescue groups do, but it does seem a bit weird. I did find someone who said they had two gentle, friendly cats that have to go this weekend and I called her. They're four, which is a bit older than I planned, and she has steps to her house, but she'll bring them here later today so I can see them, even if Spirit hides.

They're her granddaughter's cats and the daughter has to move somewhere she can't have cats so grandma is finding them new people.

Thanks for the idea! We'll see how it works out.
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From:akirlu
Date:September 5th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
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We got our second two cats from craigslist. They were both (probably) older than four when we got them and they seem to have integrated pretty well into the household. Some people ask fees for pets they are adopting out because they are concerned about pet flippers (folks who re-sell for a profit), jobbers for testing labs, backyard breeders, and general weirdos. I personally think that you're better off doing a home visit, vet and reference check, and possibly an adoption contract, but adding a fee is one possible barrier to the animal coming to a bad end.

Other people are pretty clearly looking to make money or recoup their costs on an animal they weren't prepared to be responsible for in the first place. I do not think very highly of this latter class of person.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
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A little naive about this, aren't I? I hadn't thought of those reasons. My cats so far have come via the vet or in from outdoors.

And yes, they do look very nice. I'm not as concerned about looks as about temperament, but pretty cats are good, too.
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From:janetmk
Date:September 5th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Those two are lovely. And I think 4 is a good age. I've known some 1 year olds who are as rambunctious and intractable as kittens.

Fingers crossed that she shows up with the kitties.
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From:akirlu
Date:September 5th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Well, if you've never looked for a pet on CL before, there's probably no reason for you to sit and figure out how it all might go wrong. I have no idea how often adopted pets end up in the hands of bad people, but I don't blame folks for being careful. That seems the least you can do if you have to abandon your pet.

And of course temperament is most important, but at least in my experience, it can be a little hard to tell some things in advance, especially if there's an extant cat in the home already. But I wish you the best of luck in finding the right cats.
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From:akirlu
Date:September 5th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
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The pair look lovely, by the way, so I hope they work out.
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From:janetmk
Date:September 4th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Good luck. The shelter where I volunteer would consider you an excellent person to take a pair of cats. I wish it weren't so far away from you. Though at the moment (because of some construction just finished) the population of cats is really low. But even so we have a pair who were surrended together who are appealing.

I suggest you email the rescue groups about the cats they have in foster care and explain what you're looking for and the accessibility issue. I think they (or the fosterers) would be eager to work with you, including making arrangements so you could meet the cats at an accessible location. They really want to find good homes for their cats.

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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I thought of yours, but besides it being so far away, I didn't know how close parking would be in DC.

That's a good idea to email -- I'll try here in the city shelter first (might as well give money to the city if I can) -- and then call the others if that doesn't work.
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From:janetmk
Date:September 5th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Parking and accessibility is good at WARL. It's just a long way. And it'll be a week or two before there will be a full complement of cats to choose from. At the moment there are only a couple without adoptions pending.

If you don't find your kitties locally and want to try WARL, let me know. Perhaps we can figure out some way to make a visit easier.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'll let you know if I want to come look.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:September 5th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
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Good luck adopting a new cat. And I've kept thinking that today was Saturday also.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:green_knight
Date:September 5th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
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This sounds like a good question for note_to_cat. You're an ideal home in many ways, not in the least because you don't insist on cute kittens. Best of luck in sorting out the logistics.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Kittens really are cute, and I had a pair when I was still well, but I wouldn't be able to handle them now. One of the sites had a polydactyl kitten, wihch would be rather fannish, but still, it's a kitten.
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From:green_knight
Date:September 5th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
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So what are you looking for _exactly_?
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
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It would be great if these turn out to be the two, but I was looking for one- to three-year-olds (just so they're really adult, but not old enough to lose too soon due to aging), a bonded and healthy pair, and for them to be fairly calm and loving. Dashing is fine, tearing up clothes and furniture isn't.
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From:akirlu
Date:September 5th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I don't think one or two years will make a big difference in the lifetime of a cat. When they can live to be 15 or 20, it's a small percentage of the time you'll have.
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