at how cruel people can be. Here's a posting from the local Freecycle group:
Our 10-year-old cat, Cleo, is looking for a new home to escape the terrors of our two young children. Cleo is a spayed, de-clawed, indoor female cat with a nice demeanor. She has tolerated our 20-month-old son's chasing and tail-pulling (and has never bitten him, though often deserved) and is now subjected to our newborn's screaming. We would love to find a calmer, more suitable home for her to enjoy her prime. Cleo is white and grayish with bright blue eyes (google "lynx point siamese" for images of cats that look similar) and is about 10-11 pounds.

Oh isn't that such concern for the benefit of the cat. Live in home for ten years and now gets kicked out because the newborn wails away.

Would anyone like to make some comments so I can forward them?
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at how cruel people can be. Here's a posting from the local Freecycle group: Our 10-year-old cat, Cleo, is looking ... gets kicked out because the newborn wails away. Would anyone like to make some comments so I can forward them?

How about this: Monitor your damn brats so they will shut up and not bother the cat. And while your at it, chop off your own fingers at the first knuckle to "declaw" yourself, and get yourself spayed to boot doing all of these will definitely help calm your household so that the cat will enjoy her senior years.
at how cruel people can be. Here's a posting from the local Freecycle group: Our 10-year-old cat, Cleo, is looking ... gets kicked out because the newborn wails away. Would anyone like to make some comments so I can forward them?

My Grandmother would tell that lady to get some bone in her nose and teach the kids to behave. When my grandchildren came (long ag0) they were ordered to leave Princess alone. Now their kids are only allowed to look and don't touch TuTu. MLB
at how cruel people can be. Here's a posting from the local Freecycle group: Our 10-year-old cat, Cleo, is looking ... gets kicked out because the newborn wails away. Would anyone like to make some comments so I can forward them?

Why be so harsh? She is trying to do her best for the cat..A lot of people (I have known a few) would just put the cat down and be done with it. At least, she is trying to resolve the situation without hurting either the kid or the cat. I would recommend (to her if I could, ) that she find a neighbor who lives close by that would like to have the cat. This way, the cat could visit her, still enjoy it's usual haunts, (cats are territorial and hate leaving their territories) And might even move back in after the kid grows up a bit.
at how cruel people can be. Here's a posting from ... like to make some comments so I can forward them?

Why be so harsh? She is trying to do her best for the cat..A lot of people (I have known ... are territorial and hate leaving their territories) And might even move back in after the kid grows up a bit.

What do you think she is going to do if she gets no takers? And taking in a 10 year old cat is just asking for big vet bills. I don't think the cat is looking for a new home, A newborn screaming is causing a problem for a cat? Yes, she might find it annoying but no where near as annoying as losing her home and family.
Why be so harsh? She is trying to do her ... move back in after the kid grows up a bit.

What do you think she is going to do if she gets no takers? And taking in a 10 year ... a cat? Yes, she might find it annoying but no where near as annoying as losing her home and family.

So your advice is..?
"dgk" wrote in message Why be so harsh? She is trying to do her best for the cat..A lot ... are territorial and hate leaving their territories) And might even move back in after the kid grows up a bit.

One, changing owners is stressful for a cat, especially an older cat.

Two, most people won't take an older cat. You miss all the easy years and start off right before they hit all the vet bills and then you lose them. It's harsh to think that, but if you had a choice between a youngster and a 10 year old, wouldn't you be likely to pick the youngster? More years of enjoyment.
The person may or may not have a badly behaving kid. It could be that they know the cat is headed for vet bills and want to ditch it now. After all, it is cheaper to give it away than to pay to put it down. And anybody who truly cares about their pets will simply teach their kids to behave properly and make sure they aren't together unsupervised. Millions of kids grow up each day with pets in their home, who are not being abused. It's not that hard.
My youngest niece used to be a terror. Very badly behaved with animals. And her parents would not discipline her. She kept playing rough after we warned her. So, when the cat got her, there was no sympathy. That's what you get for not respecting the cat. After that, we didn't allow her around the animals. We limited her visits, and we always made sure to put away the animals before she arrived.

She was not allowed in those rooms. She would complain, and we would simply state that the animals are not to be messed with, and this is the best way to make sure they are safe. She has never spent the night in our home. Sadly, we just coudldn't risk it. She is 14 now, and we do leave the pets out for short visits. But She isn't dangerous like before.
"dgk" wrote in message Why be so harsh? She is trying to do her best for the cat..A lot ... are territorial and hate leaving their territories) And might even move back in after the kid grows up a bit.

One, changing owners is stressful for a cat, especially an older cat.

Two, most people won't take an older cat. You miss all the easy years and start off right before they hit all the vet bills and then you lose them. It's harsh to think that, but if you had a choice between a youngster and a 10 year old, wouldn't you be likely to pick the youngster? More years of enjoyment.
The person may or may not have a badly behaving kid. It could be that they know the cat is headed for vet bills and want to ditch it now. After all, it is cheaper to give it away than to pay to put it down. And anybody who truly cares about their pets will simply teach their kids to behave properly and make sure they aren't together unsupervised. Millions of kids grow up each day with pets in their home, who are not being abused. It's not that hard.
My youngest niece used to be a terror. Very badly behaved with animals. And her parents would not discipline her. She kept playing rough after we warned her. So, when the cat got her, there was no sympathy. That's what you get for not respecting the cat. After that, we didn't allow her around the animals. We limited her visits, and we always made sure to put away the animals before she arrived.

She was not allowed in those rooms. She would complain, and we would simply state that the animals are not to be messed with, and this is the best way to make sure they are safe. She has never spent the night in our home. Sadly, we just coudldn't risk it. She is 14 now, and we do leave the pets out for short visits. But She isn't dangerous like before.
Yes. There are people on death row in prisons who started out torturing/killing animals. But you can't assume that is the case just because someone is asking for advice when she sees that her cat is annoyed by her kid. We have great grandkids who scare away the feral cat, and sometimes one or two of the other cats, but they get along with Meggie, (who was raised around children) fine. Our house has plenty of places where the cats can go to hide if they don't like the company..They are all outside cats, and they can always escape through one of the cat doors to the great outside world.

As a matter of fact, they sometimes hide in the house so well that we can't find them, and wonder where they were when they suddenly show up, and we realize from their warm fur that they haven't been outside. If there is a place to hide, a cat will find it. They love nothing better than to hide out in some new place that no one knows about. We have one that found a place in the kitchen, behind the built-in dishwasher..How she can squeeze behind it is a mystery to me, but she does..
Tue, 19 Jan 2010 08:54:06 -0500 from dgk (Email Removed):
at how cruel people can be. Here's a posting from the local Freecycle group: Our 10-year-old cat, Cleo, is looking ... gets kicked out because the newborn wails away. Would anyone like to make some comments so I can forward them?

Yes:
"Thanks for trying to find a better home for your cat. I hope you have success."
Like it or not, a parent can't monitor a child's behavior 24/7. Even good children can terrorize a cat when they're too young to understand that the cat is a living creature, and 20 months seems to qualify.
As for the screaming, if *I* lived in a home with constant baby screaming, I'd be a nervous wreck. Some cats have lower tolerance for that sort of thing.
If the cat is clearly suffering, and the situation can't be changed (gagging the baby is obviously not an option, and nor is following the toddler around every minute of the day), then a new home is the best option for the cat.

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