After a long car ride from North Carolina to Maryland, Belle lives with me now, and she will never see the inside of a cage on death row again. But not all cats are so lucky. These are the most common reasons for giving cats up to shelters.
1. “The cat was a stray I rescued, but I can’t/don’t want to keep it.”
2. “My new partner (baby, child) is allergic, and no we won’t do allergy shots.”
3. “He won’t use the litter box. He hasn’t for years, and we’ve tried everything.”
6. “We’re moving and can’t/don’t want to take the cat.”
7. “She’s diabetic, and we can’t/don’t want to/can’t afford to give her insulin twice a day.”
8. “He doesn’t like the new baby and is acting out.”
9. “He doesn’t like the new puppy and is acting out.”
10. “He was my mother’s cat. And no, no one in my family will give him a home, even though he was her closest companion for 16 years.
If you find a cat you don’t want to keep, can’t take your cat with you when you move, want nothing to do with your now-deceased parents’ beloved cat, have a family member who suddenly develops allergies or add a puppy to your family causing major trauma to the cat who was there first, keep this in mind: Cats who go to kill shelters rarely come out alive. Finding a way to keep the cat is always best. If that’s really not possible, there are always alternatives to kill shelters. You just have to be willing to make the effort to find them.