A Good Controlled Cat Owner Surrender
A good controlled cat owner surrender sounds contradictory. In an ideal world there would be no cat surrenders. Cat surrenders because the owner grew tired of their cat or cats are wrong. However, good controlled cat owner surrenders should take place when a cat owner is elderly and infirm; no longer able to take care of her cats as demonstrated in the video below. It is hard though and done with a heavy heart. And tears.
If and when a cat owner surrender happens to me I would like to think I could find someone I trust to be the new owner of my cat. I’d be a little reluctant to have a cat rescue organization take him away for re-homing. You never know if he’d make it. However, in the video, the ladies do a great job in rounding up and crating the elderly woman’s 14 cats. The video is appropriately called ‘wrangling cats‘. They did great work, these ladies and I am very impressed. You can see the lead wrangler wearing gloves. Very wise. Essential in fact. The cats become quite stressed and disorientated.
We have to praise the woman for her commonsense and acceptance of the realities of life. There does come a time when radical decisions have to be made.
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This woman was going into a home. That’s final. Residential care homes (assisted living homes) don’t take pets normally. Do you know any who do? There is an argument that says that they should allow pets under certain restrictions for the simple reason pets are beneficial to elderly people. You live longer. It is probably impractical because someone has to look after the pets and that is problematic in a residential care home and expensive. The facilities are not in place either.
Well, as it happens a visitor to this page, Gail, has provided some insider knowledge and guess what? In her area most assisted living homes do allow pets under certain conditions:
“In our area, most senior facilities allow at least one cat (or very small dog); sometimes two cats are allowed. There are rules in place and the seniors must have a backup plan for the cat, which is part of their contract….”
I think my mother could have done something similar before she went into hospital for a serious operation which carried the risk of killing her, which it did. I took on one of her cats, Charlie, when visiting her house after her death. She had two black cats both of whom could have ended up in a shelter struggling to find a new home. Plan for a good controlled cat owner surrender in your old age.
Since I opened the original email at my office, I thought it was a restriction due to the business. At home, though, I got an error message as well, saying to update my browser, although my software automatically updates. Strange. I’ll try a different browser and will let you know.
Interesting. Chrome or Firefox will play it. Chrome is the most popular browser and Firefox is very tolerant. They are free downloads. I use Firefox mainly.
Funny thing is, Chrome is the default browser I set up, lol. I’ll try it again tonight when I get home. If nothing else, I’ll try firefox. Thanks!
Oh dear. Maybe you need to update Adobe Flash Player. Also sometimes videos are restricted to certain regions although that should not apply to you.
Although I couldn’t view the video, the story makes a lot of sense. When seniors adopt our cats, one query is to their backup plan should they become infirmed or otherwise unable to care for the cat any longer. Surprisingly, most have a backup plan. In our area, most senior facilities allow at least one cat (or very small dog); sometimes two cats are allowed. There are rules in place and the seniors must have a backup plan for the cat, which is part of their contract. We did have a local home who recently took in a senior cat as the ‘house cat’ after the senior lady passed. The woman’s caretaker made arrangements with the home ahead of time and everyone loved the cat, so they came to an agreement. It’s been a couple years now, but that cat is still bringing joy to the other residents. Win-win all around.
Thanks Gail for your insider information on residential care homes allowing pets. I will put an extract of your comment into the article.
P.S. Gail, do you know why you couldn’t you see the video?