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However I don't want to fail your bastard test so I'll let her out and infect all the other cats in the area
But that's only to give time for the missing posters to disappear and for the cat to believe you're their rightful owner. After that it's just a bit cruel.
Small flat is well. The cat was really miserable and spent its time scratching everything in the house to pieces. It was a lovely animal too.
it's a case of your ex-flatmate being irresponsible and stupid
he didn't start out as one and too boring to explain how he came to be in our possession, but we live on a third floor flat and he's pretty happy with things, not sure that holding on to him really constitutes cockish behaviour when he's happy.
Probably wouldn't buy a cat specially to live in a flat, though.
People discard them cos they think they'll cost loads to keep but they live almost as long and healthy as normal cats and they'd love looking after rather than being in a shelter.
I think I'll do this. Are there any issues concerning medical bills at all?
Especially as our rescure centre didn't tell us about her problems so we found them out at the vets so couldn't get insured.
The main problem is FIV really affects their gums and teeth - Margot only has 2 left and she gets mouth infections a lot. Our old vet was ripping us right off, but when we moved the new vet was amazing and he tried loads of things, and now she just takes pills which cost £14 for about 3 months worth.
Having an ill pet does open your eyes to how terrifying a prospect the lack of universal healthcare is
I've very fleetingly looked into getting a older rescue cat who is and always been a house cat, basically just giving a cat somewhere to see out their last few years while not been tied down to a pet for a decade or more. But not owning your own house/flat seems to be a massive turn off for most rescue centres.
The woman also suggested we could have 2 which was a bit mental
They said Margot was around 8, but our vet said she was double figures bare minimum. She used to live in a house but her owner threw her out and she spent about 7 years living on the street. Thus so has absolutely no inclination to go outside ever again. She also probably had kittens too young and so is absolutely tiny. I see other people's cats and they look like monsters in comparison
We went to cats protection. As long as you have permission from your landlord, they're okay with it. There are so many reasons various cats can't go outside. Mainly because they're too old to fend for themselves out there.
You can filter the battersea website by indoor only cats and it'll tell you why they need to be indoors.
The thing with indoor cats is that if they've been kept indoors for several years, they're not going to advise letting them outside. So if I didn't take my cat and leave her inside, someone else would have an might not have treated her as well/be able to afford the medication and special food she needs.
gonna get her bollocks chopped off next month and then out she goes. But fuck off dog in the garden next door though. RIP cat.
Just kidding, she'd have him for breakfast.
LOOK AT HER
and in some instances better for the cat
if a cat isn't happy about being indoors, they sure as fuck will let you know about it. they don't just 'deal with it' they whine and scratch and meow until they get what they want.
if an indoor cat is miserable but isn't trying to leave it's because it doesn't feel the need to leave, it just wants to be cared for. most people are terrible at caring for pets in general anyway.
but it does depend on the breed of cat
People who remove the cat's claws to protect their furniture. All the rage in the States.
She also docking certain breeds of dog's tails
My cat has absolutely ruined my new sofa but I would never subject her to that.
I mean by and large.
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If she went outside, she die. We live near a main roundabout and she can't run and if she goes missing or gets lost, she'll die from not having medication. We have a balcony where she can lay out on but she doesn't like being outside. She just lays on the sofa ALL DAY then had a little game at night.
She's really happy. And it was either that or she stays in a tiny pen all day. She was in cats protection for months...in a basement....with no games or anything like that.
She's such a lovely old cat who loves cuddles and sleeping. She wouldn't even like it outside...she'd just....die.
but it sounds like your cat doesn't have a very happy life.
a decade of lying on a settee and never going out, not good (look what it's done to DaddyOrChips).
We adopted her over a month ago and she has changed so much since then. Before she refused to play but now she will play whenever you wave some string near her. She's definitely happy.
She was miserable with her last owner cause they massively over fed her and made her obese and depressed. But now she has lost some weight and can comfortably move about, she's much happier. We will let her out eventually but she needs to lose weight first otherwise she won't be able to escape dangerous situations. Ideally we'd have a place with a garden so she can go out there but that won't be for another year or so. She wouldn't even leave house if she had the option.