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  1. Even though this is not exactly the same thing- I desperately wanted a white Oriental shorthair. I have a real -life friend who is on Facebook, and I happened to mention to her about my interest in a white kitty. She contacted one of her friends on Facebook who had a white female who was just about ready to be retired from the show ring- as one of the top Premiers (she had developed a uterine infection and had to be spayed) in the nation.

    She sent me a photo of the kitty and I just fell in love with her immediately- and we made arrangements to visit her home and get to meet both the breeder and the cat.

    The cat was so sweet and loving and was all over me. I accepted her offer to adopt her immediately- and then Dr. Hush Puppy jumped on my shoulder- winding himself around my neck. It was a done deal- I would take both cats.

    Sadly, although we tried for almost two months for the cat to accept us- she was always under the couch- we would see a white blur come out to eat and use the litter box. Puppy was her only companion.. So the breeder agreed to take her back- and keep her forever since the cat was so bonded to her.

    The happy ending, however is that we got to adopt Sir Hubble- I just had to pay for his eye surgery(he was born with a membrane over his eye), and of course, his neutering.

    So in a way- this story is internet related. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

    • I don’t think Michael gets it how we fall in love with cats here without ever meeting them. The way I look at it any way to save a cat is worth it.

    • Our feral boy Renny hid for 2 months. But we were lucky. The lady who turned him and his littermate into the shelter had them vetted 2 weeks before taking them to the shelter and it was enough time for the panleuk vaccine to work. He’s one of the few who didn’t get distemper.

      We would see him slinking along the walls at night to go to the litter box and to eat. We won him over with raw chicken gizzards. He decided he loved gizzards more than he feared us. He’ll always be a skittish cat and he lives in my bedroom. He loves for me to hold him at night while he sleeps.

  2. I fell in love with my Kissy (née Bobette) through the Internet. Robin Olson, author of the blog Covered in Cat Hair and president of Kitten Associates, a Connecticut-based rescue that pulls cats from high-kill shelters in the South and finds adoptive homes for them in their area, had pulled Bobette and her litter of kittens with some help from rescuers in Georgia. All the kittens found homes, but Bobette stayed. She had a behavior issue because of chronic pain, and the right person just never seemed to come along. But after my sweet Dahlia died in April of 2012, Bobette’s story and her beautiful eyes really began to tug at my heart strings. Long story short: A couple of months later, I drove from Maine (where I lived at the time) to Robin’s home in Connecticut. When I met Bobette, there was an instant connection for both of us. I was pretty sure I was going to adopt her, but I didn’t think I was going to take her home when I left. Well, things happen, and Bobette joined my little family.

    Sadly, Kissy/Bobette passed away due to complications of a surgery to amputate her chronically painful and seriously damaged leg. She was only a part of my family for a few months, but she’d finally begun to overcome her fear and was spending time snuggled next to me on the sofa, as opposed to hiding in her “safe room,” which she did for most of the first month she was there.

    This photo of Kissy was taken August 18, 2012, about three months after I adopted her. This was the first time I saw her relaxing on the couch.

    • Bobette is lovely red tabby. I love red tabbies. The pain problem she suffered from is upsetting to read about. Very sad she died due to the surgery. We don’t know how much pain a cat feels. Personally, I am sure they feel pain exactly like we do but they put up with it much better than we do. Stoic. Uncomplaining, but it can affect their mood and personality. How did she injure her leg? Do you know?

  3. Internet media spreads the word, which widens the net. Many more potential adopters are given a chance to adopt and that must be a good thing.

    For me there is a downside, namely, it is a bit like a dating service organised by Amazon involving cats and not books.

    The cat choices are based on appearance primarily and shipping is not an obstacle.

    Maybe this is a compromise worth making. It suits people. It is tailoring cat adoption to the desires of people. It is convenient.

    Do we know how many cats get into trouble during long distance shipping. What are the costs involved?

    What I also like is the fact that a surplus of cats in the south can be shipped to the north where there is an undersupply.

    I just wonder though whether this style of cat adoption is a move in the right direction in the long term.

    The better way to adopt is locally. More people should be encouraged to do that. More people should be encouraged to adopt the most needy and vulnerable not the best looking. Just a personal viewpoint.

    • I haven’t done so but given the chance I surely would sign the adoption papers before meeting the Cat.

      My one foster was adopted by wonderful people who fell in love with his photo, they made the drive to pick him up as soon as they were approved and they were ready to sign the papers even before meeting him.
      He is doing very well in his new home.

      • I haven’t done so but given the chance I surely would sign the adoption papers before meeting the Cat.

        Are you sure that is wise? All the “experts” say one should meet the cat and see the place where the cat is resident before adopting.

        That said, I know you’re good and I respect your views.

  4. Yes I would. I’ve heard to many good stories involving long distance adoptions in the US that I can justify the transport. The reality is that with the internet we have more choice. Choice might be a good thing or it might not – but regardless it just is.

    I would have taken Vincent and I would have taken Nora from a shelter in France. It is what it is and it is because of the internet. Lives get saved.

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