Before I can get to the main point, a little back story: For the past seven months, John has been working in Louisiana. Long story short, when he finished up at the university here, I was starting cancer treatments. Since I’m a freelancer, I’ve always been on his health insurance. He needed to line up a job so we didn’t become uninsured, and voilá. Louisiana. However, it’s super rural, so I couldn’t go with him because I need to be near oncologists and a hospital until my treatment is over at the end of February, so here we are. He’s there. I’m here. It sucks.
All that is to establish the fact that John is in rural, southern Louisiana. A couple weeks ago, late at night, he heard a mewing outside his door.
He opened the door, and she followed him right in. She’s probably around 6 months old. She’s unspayed (getting spayed and vaccinated on Nov. 1!) and a little thin. Since that night, John’s taken a number of steps: he hung up lost pet fliers, posted on Craigslist, ran a lost pet ad in the paper, had her scanned for a microchip (none), and contacted all the area vets, shelters, and rescues.
No one has claimed her.
In fact, one of the rescues got a little snippy about how difficult it would be to find a home for her. Some of the calls he’s gotten haven’t been too reassuring. Comments range from implying cats should just be thrown in the bayou to a woman who wanted a kitten for her grandkids but would get rid of it when it got older. (Yes, she actually said that.)
This experience is putting rural animal welfare issues into a whole new light for us.
Of course he doesn’t want anything to happen to her. But he can’t keep her either. Two of our three dogs aren’t cat friendly, for one thing. It wouldn’t be fair to her to throw her to these monsters next year when we’re back in the same house. Among dozens of other reasons why we can’t keep her.
That being said, of course, if we can’t find a good home for her… we’ll keep her.
Any ideas? Know anyone who wants a really sweet, really well-behaved black cat?
Or, if it comes down to it, any advice on introducing a cat to three dogs, two of which have very strong prey drive?
Think happy thoughts for us…