Discussion: Should certain human diseases or health conditions determine whether a cat should be adopted by someone not in optimum health?

This is a discussion on whether certain human diseases or health conditions determine whether a cat should be adopted out to that person.

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As we get older, most of us suffer from one condition or another. Some are due to lifestyle choices and others are hereditary. We all know people who are taking years off of their lives short due to bad choices in food or behavior. They think it’s allowed and that “a pill” will undo any harmful effects.

Diabetic (which is both lifestyles as well as heredity)-take a pill and continue to eat and/or gain weight. Note: there is such a thing as a skinny diabetic so I’m not judging, being diabetic myself.

Heart disease (including high blood pressure)-take a pill yet continue to smoke (which is horrible for not only the smoker but to any animals who breathe in second-hand smoke).

Overweight? According to stateofobesity.org

“Around 45 percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits. In 2011-2014, middle-aged Americans (ages 40-59) had the highest obesity rate of any age group at 41.0 percent, followed by seniors (ages 60 and older) at 38.5 percent, and then young adults (ages 20-39) at 34.3 percent.”

On dialysis for bad kidneys? Mood stabilizing drugs? Should this REALLY be an issue? How far should we take it concerning what a potential adopter has or takes?

Should a rescue or shelter deny adoption due to any of the above or other conditions? Should they even be able to ask for disclosure on adoption paperwork?

Please sound off in the comments.

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Discussion: Should certain human diseases or health conditions determine whether a cat should be adopted by someone not in optimum health? — 21 Comments

  1. But there’s also the parent in an accident. Unforeseen by genetics. Remove children and pets. Not allowed to work at a meaningful job.

    Why not just euth anyone in an accident?

  2. This is the first comment I made.
    It keeps flitting between your page avg Facepoop.

    I feel like this is directed at me. But then should children be removed from homes where a parent is terminal?

    Or should employers have the right to terminate ill or potentially ill workers?

    Let’s practice euthanasia from birth based on genetic testing.

  3. It is absolutely no business of any non medical person or non treating or practicing physician to inquire about health status. It is our duty to ask what type of pet parent they will be and seek vet references but asking how healthy an adopter is a violation. Not to mention off putting to rescue as a whole. Cats are hard enough to place without judgement and insults.

  4. Health is relevant. I adopted my daughter from Russia 16 years ago. I have type 1 diabetes which is not caused by lifestyle. 85% of diabetes type 2 which has clear hereditary and lifestyle factors. When I adopted my agency also allowed a family to adopt four children together. The couple was described as very affluent, the father spoke fluent Russian and they had a large house and basically checked all the boxes for an adoptive family. I was a single woman with a chronic disease that I had since childhood . In the years following the adoptions the other family went bankrupt and had numerous problems resulting in disrupted adoptions. The agency often discussed that family and my situation saying that the other family looked perfect on paper and failed miserably whereas, and my situation my daughter was severely delayed and not expected to graduate from high school. Years later, she attends college and is a safe driver. Each case needs to be looked at individually when doing a pet adoption. Someone who wants a cat badly enough can still go to the store or animal control and even lie on an application and get a pack or just take one from the neighborhood. Responsible rescue involves doing some research by asking important questions and checking out the answers by calling veterinarians and probably doing home checks. Micro chipping an animal and offering in the adoption contract to take the animal back can be helpful. The reality is once someone adopts an animal rescue has very little control over what happens. I always feel a part of my heart is connected to all the animals that enter my house. I could never give a cat or dog to a person that I did not check it out. If the person has health conditions to concern me I would ask for their back up plans. Healthy people that want to adopt also need to have plans in the event of a catastrophe. Good discussion topic. Also, I have one comment to make about diabetes which includes both type one and type two. It is a psycho social spiritual condition with medical complications. People who take good care of themselves, eat healthily and get good exercise and medical care when needed can live healthy lives and avoid most of the deadly and debilitating conditions often seen in people with long standing diabetes.

  5. We have had “comfort animal” placements even. Our first one, the adopter fully disclosed immediately and offered a letter from a doctor affirming she was fit to care for a child or animal if she chose to adopt. We keep in close contact and often receive and post pics or her and Her preciously loved kitty.

    We also adopted to a family for the kitty to be a beloved pet of an autistic boy who will always live with and have support of his mother. This was a match made in HEAVEN.

    BUT in both cases, the very strictly regimented screening we do was passed just like any other adoption. And yes, they have the offer to return the kitty to us in a time of need.

    But do I regret or think “maybe I should’ve”, hell no… these kitties are so loved, pampered, cared for, needed, healthy and most importantly HAPPY. We are free to visit and we are blessed to have these folks to have touched our lives. AND this is just the first TWO we approved in our comfort animal program…. we are working with nursing homes where the kitty remains ours and we will supply the food, litter, vet care, etc. and the residents get to have the kitty lovings that make them happy!

  6. I have seen posts on per websites where the owner dies for one reason or another and the pet or pets are left homeless.Often other family members are unable to take them or will not due to living circumstances ect.People buy life insurance to provide for their family, why not their pets?

  7. The number one reason people are denied is failure to provide vet care on their previous pets.
    That is the ultimate definition of the home being offered.

  8. My rescue avoids the overreaching and offputting ruling out for illness and invasion of privacy issues of potential adoptees by asking on the application what would a potential adoptee do if they were unable to care for their pet. We know people lie and circumstances change, it is the best we can do. We also have a paragraph that states the adopter is to call us if for any reason they do not want to or cannot care for the cat and they can return the cat. Our rescue chips all list our rescue as the secondary contact as a safeguard in case the cat is lost or abandoned and the adoptee cannot be reached. We believe this encourages adoptees to call us as they will not be judged and they do not have to reveal personal illness and above all the welfare of the cats we adopt out. I believe it is successful as people have returned our cats for different reasons and then we put them up for adoption again. Every time that happened the next adoption for them was permanent. Seems like it was all for the best for all parties that the cat was returned.

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