Dear Crissy

Free to a good home

I was browsing through some of my old photos the other day and came across some photos of our cat, June, when she was a kitten.

June, and our other cat Mewson, have always been a handful. They are not mellow cats by any means, and their antics literally keep us awake at night. Combine that with the fact that I’m pretty sure they have stinkier poop and do more vomiting than any other pair of cats on earth. All of these things were a pain before, but now that we have Evan, our tolerance for the cats is fading.

I can remember scoffing at folks who suddenly got rid of their so-called beloved family pets when a baby came into the picture, but now I understand. We’re not ready to make the final step to get rid of the cats, and maybe we will never get to that point, but there are days I have fantasies of a life without the excess fur 2:00 a.m. meowing for food. It’s pretty bad when you can get your infant to sleep through the night, finally, but your CATS still cause a huge disturbance on a regular basis.

Also, I have zero hope that they will “mellow with age.” Mewson turns 8 this summer. Ha!

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  1. Suzanne — March 17, 2010 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    The vomit, stinky poo, & sleep disturbances are things I definitely don’t miss about my old kitties! Although, I do miss having cats, in general. I don’t have kids yet, so that’s not a complicating factor for me. It’s that I travel so much for work (months at a time for up to 60% of the year). Obviously not conducive to keeping anything alive… even plants!

    Anyway, if it makes you feel any better, the cats I had a few years ago all mellowed around 9-11 years old. I know there’s no guarantee and that’s still a long way off when you’re dealing with them keeping you awake when you need sleep or they’re tripling the amount of poop & vomit you already have to deal with on a daily basis with a baby… but there may still be hope.

    Hang in there and do whatever works best for you and your family. Hopefully you won’t have to find them new homes, but the sanity of humans in your household is most important!

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  2. erin@tinytwistcreative — March 17, 2010 @ 8:20 pm (#)

    We had a similar sort of feeling towards our dog before she past away. I swore I would never get rid of her, but I would definitely get irritated sometimes when she would jump and scare the kids. Before the kids I always would cuddle with her. She past away this summer, and we really do miss her. However, we aren’t getting a replacement anytime soon!
    .-= erin@tinytwistcreative´s last blog ..photography actions =-.

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  3. Jeni — March 17, 2010 @ 9:39 pm (#)

    I know the feeling. Our dog (a 5 yr old yellow lab) started acting up as soon as my daughter was born. I think she got jealous. Before my daughter was born, Daisy was completely house-broken, stayed out of the garbage, and was a very well trained dog. In the past two years (and especially in the past 6 months, it seems that Daisy has grown dumb…literally. She barks constantly, vomits often, tears up the trash, poops in the house….. we are on the borderline of finding her a good home on a daily basis. But I just don’t have the heart to give her away. =/

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  4. Karen — March 18, 2010 @ 10:59 am (#)

    I know a lot of people who have had to give their cats to a friend or family member after having a baby. The cats either were too much work, retaliated with vomit/pee because they felt ignored, or were hostile towards the child, which is not a good thing.

    Our dog still behaves pretty well (most of the time), but I can understand why people might want to give away their pet. Taking care of an animal is a lot harder after a baby comes. Thankfully she and the baby love each other to pieces, and because of that, I would never get rid of her – I know it would break my son’s heart!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..featured on newparent.com =-.

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  5. Sarah — March 30, 2010 @ 7:22 am (#)

    I’m so glad you posted this! I was one of those crazy “cats are my babies” people before I had my daughter a year ago. I paid for multiple expensive surgeries and an animal behaviorist because my one cat wouldn’t stop peeing on the floor for 6 months. I put so much time and love into this particular cat and couldn’t imagine life without him. That is until my daughter was born.

    We came home from the 3 day stay at the hospital to our brand new home with first floor hardwoods to find that he had been peeing in this spot and the woods warped and turned black. He pooped all over the stairs and here I am dealing with hormones and a brand new baby. All I could do was cry, and cry. I didn’t have the energy and due to a 4th degree tear was physically unable to clean up after him all day long. We tried to make it work for another week, but he just hissed at the baby all the time and kept on with the litter box strike so finally after much debate and heartache my husband took him back to the no-kill animal shelter we got him from. It really broke my heart, and I miss him to this day, but it just wasn’t something I was capable of at the time.

    I know what you mean about nasty pet comments. When my husband took tripod back they gave him so much attitude, despite the large donation he made. We were both very upset and hurt at their words. People should keep that sort of thing to themselves because they aren’t in your shoes and don’t know what you feel like.

    You’ve made a follower!!!
    I also found you on the mom bloggers club..

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  6. Mary Goon — December 14, 2012 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    ADORABLE!

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