|Purred: Sun Nov 22, '09 7:17pm PST |
|Celeste, you are absolutely precious. That word can sound really sappy, but I don't mean it that way - there's just no better word for how cute you are!
Good point about the cost of fostering. The shelter sent Lurch home with Science Diet, which was already better than the stuff that's fed at a lot of places. They feed what they can get. I called a shelter after switching my dog's food once and asked if they'd take most of a 40-lb bag that was about a month old. They didn't hesitate. I don't blame them.
As to the cost of feeding her non-raw, I didn't even think it through. Of course I couldn't feed dry, not after what I've learned here. And my secondary motivation (after health) of converting Spooky and Shelley away from their beloved junk food is cost. I simply cannot afford to feed canned food over time!
Lexus, talking about naming her was DEFINITELY not helpful! (Like I hadn't gone that direction already!) Her current name is Chance, which I like, but I'm mean enough to want to give a wobbly kitty a wobbly name. Or at least something ironic for a tiny kitten - what's the female equivalent of Thor?
I'm angry to see yet another wobbly cat sacrificed, but I don't really blame her owner. All the owner and the vet can see is that there is a neurological problem. There's no blood test or anything to diagnose it or see what treatment she would need or what quality of life she would have. The fact that I've seen CH before and introduced my vet to it, and have learned that they are in fact perfectly healthy cats, is only because I was blessed by Weeble's dropping into my lap. I said the same thing - I'll take her to the vet. If she's in pain and can't be treated, I'll have her put down, otherwise I'll foster her. Fortunately for us, that vet had a CH cat of her own and was able to educate me!
Again, my only real concern is if I would have the time to spend proper cuddling and attention on six cats and a dog. The others would adjust, as they did to each other and to Lurch. But if you take on a life, you're responsible for the quality of that life, which means more than just shelter, food and medical care. I sometimes think the only reason mine get enough attention is that several of them go outside and get their own entertainment. I certainly have enough love for her, but can I devote the time without taking it from someone else? Selfishly, I could take in every kitten that came my way, but it's not just about that.
Well, that and the male relationship factor. But having five cats is as much an off-putter to a potential mate as six would be. Maybe I should only admit to four if I ever get a date again...
Lurch just snacked on some pork heart and wants lap time. I love my family...
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