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6th-Mar-2006 06:30 pm
ybunny and I went out today to look at the kittens at the Dog and Cat Re-homing Centre in Seaton.

We found a cat, a big black tomcat with a white smudge on his nose, that loved us and purred and wanted to go home immediately.

We couldn't have him. They won't give outdoor cats to people who can't say unconditionally that it will be an outdoor cat en perpetua.

The reason we can't say for sure if it would be an outdoor cat is the busy-ness of Esselmont Ave. If we ended up with a dumb cat (a la CAT5), we won't let him out unless one of us can make sure he doesn't go out the front door. So, pah.

The indoor cat wasn't fond of me and jumped out of Tom's arms and ran back into her cage, so I guess that's a no.

Better luck next time, as they say...
6th-Mar-2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten you guys were looking for a cat. dryad_wombat is having to give her cat up (she's become horribly allergic to cats) as she mentions in this post. I know she says that the cat needs access to the outdoors, but would likely be able to let you know if a busy road was going to be an issue.
6th-Mar-2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip.

I've left dryad_wombat a comment. We'll see what comes of it. She's an adorable kitty.
6th-Mar-2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's not like you could open the kitchen window and let them out the back for a stroll :(
6th-Mar-2006 07:01 pm (UTC)

We can let it out to the garden, but 1) getting to the garden is the same direction as getting to the front, so the cat would need watching at first, and 2) there are already two cats in the building, so not killing them/getting killed by them is important when letting it stretch its legs.
6th-Mar-2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I suppose I'm a horribly evil person for making Scully switch to indoor only life after being a mostly outdoor cat.

It's interesting how different the two countries are on this point. I was told by several vets that keeping my cats indoors was the smart/healthy/kind thing to do. Sometimes when Scully meows at the door... she still does every once in awhile... I worry that she will not be happy again until she can go out for a stroll.

Five is so scared of everything so I don't worry about him wanting the outdoors.
6th-Mar-2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
My thought is, better they have a home than living in a 2' by 2' cage.

But, yeah...there definitely is a feeling that indoors=cat abuse. What can ya do?

They said to check back again as they get new cats almost every day. We'll see.
6th-Mar-2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
Well I hope you find the perfect cat.

After this little experiment at taking Scully and Five with me to my parent's house, I've decided they need to go to social bootcamp or a move to the UK (hell even 30 minutes down the road) will kill them.
6th-Mar-2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
But, yeah...there definitely is a feeling that indoors=cat abuse. What can ya do?

I hope that as avian flu becomes more of an issue that attitude will change. There's got to be a clear linkage to the lack of rabies in the UK, too. I would never let my guys outside, much as they want to play with the nice birdies &c., because they could easily get into a fight with a racoon and, inoculation or no, I wouldn't them running the risk of catching rabies.

Of course, since there are foxes around, they could just end up straight-out dead. So no in the out for Nicholas vander Poele, Phineas Finn, or William Schwenk Gilbert!
6th-Mar-2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Swanky names. :)
6th-Mar-2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! :-)

The funniest part is that they manage to live up to their names in one way or another. Gilbert is a gruff, grumpy old guy with a heart of gold. His brother, Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan Cat (Sullivan), was a sweet-tempered, somewhat melancholy cat prone to the occasional illness and predeceased his partner by a good many years. Nicco is very smart and loving to a select few but is tough and unpredictably belligerent. Finn is good natured and affectionate, but somewhat highly strung.
7th-Mar-2006 01:23 am (UTC)
weight of a thousand suns! h-rar!
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