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« on: August 31, 2009, 07:51:51 AM »

My BF and I have been discussing it for a few weeks now, and he came very close yesterday to getting 2 from one of the rescue groups around here. I think we might be ready for them, but I still get a feeling of panic when I think about it. I am so worried that something is going to happen to them, like it did with Angelus, and I don't think I could handle that right now.
Also, I'm sure Kallisto is going to be one unhappy kitty when we do decide to bring one (or two) home, and I feel bad about that too. But I can tell in her strange Kallisto way she is lonely and bored.

I'm so confused.  Huh
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 08:50:42 AM »

Considering what you went through, the panic feelings are very normal.  There are no guarantees, but what you went through with Angelus is not a common occurrence, and would be unlikely to happen again.  These feelings will most likely diminish with time.  But it sounds like you are moving in the direction of getting a kitten or kittens, and I think that's wonderful!  There are so many that need homes.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 08:54:39 AM »

wicked fate,

I think confusion and worry are very natural.  Maybe you just need some more time.  But let me pose this question.  If, by some divine intervention, you would have known ahead of time, what would happen to Angelus, would you have chosen not to have him?

I guess risk is just a part of love, as is loss. 

My mother lost her cat almost a year ago.  She was an IBD kitty who died much too young from complications of prednisolone over her lifetime.  She waited a couple of months and did adopt a cat from our county animal shelter.  That kitty had been at the shelter for 4 months!  She is doing well with my mom, and is a very sweet and healthy girl.

Of course Kallisto won't be bored, but she may be peeved with you and new arrivals.

Good luck in your decision.
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009, 10:07:51 AM »

If it feels right, it's right. If you're questioning the decision, you may need a little more time to make sure the new one(s) is meant to be.

I have only adopted one cat in my entire lifetime. Pip. All the others found me. At first, I wasn't sure that adopting Pip was the right thing, but I was volunteering at a shelter and out of all the cats we had, Pip was the only one who was driving me insane with her meowing and scratching at her cage door. She wasn't the youngest, nor the oldest, not the prettiest nor the most plain-looking, but something just told me I should take her home. When she became deathly ill at 4 years of age, I knew why I was chosen to be with her. Anyone else would have put her down as her treatment was iffy, cost a lot of $$$ and required me to transport her back and forth to the vet on a daily basis for 2 weeks. She recuperated and what a sweet, innocent little thing she is.

She sleeps beside me every night now that Bones is gone and sometimes, Bones whispers in her ear and she holds my hand, just like he used to.

You'll know. Use your gut and your heart.
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2009, 10:35:58 AM »

Eventually you reach an age where you question your right to adopt any more. I know there's fosters and
other options. But I wish now I had adopted a lot more throughout my life. That could be just me.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2009, 11:22:16 AM »

It sounds like you are ready,even though nervous about it. You never know what will happen down the road but its worth the risk.
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009, 02:40:41 PM »

No, I would not give up any amount of time I had with him. I feel like we were on borrowed time with him, after having to have the surgery to remove the hair ties from his stomach when he was a year old. We almost lost him then...I am grateful we had 5 more years with him.
I know we will never replace him. He was our special boy. But I think it's time to give that to some other kitties now. So many need homes...it seems a shame to not share our home with them.

But let me pose this question.  If, by some divine intervention, you would have known ahead of time, what would happen to Angelus, would you have chosen not to have him?
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2009, 02:57:02 PM »

It sounds like you're ready . . . and there are so many out there who need a wonderful, loving home. It might be easier for Kallisto if you choose kittens to choose two of them. They often play with each other and leave the older one alone. Just my thinking . . . but I take on a bunch at a time (my youngest three are all litter mates and I couldn't decide who to NOT keep!)  Shocked
Keep us posted!

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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2009, 03:19:57 PM »

It does sound like you have reached a decision and are ready.  I look forward to you telling us about your new additions Wink Grin.
I think Angelus would be happy that you are sharing with other kitties the love you showed him.  I think it is wonderful that you are considering sharing your love and home with some new kitties.  Keep us posted!
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2009, 03:50:04 PM »

Thank you all.

We have an appt. Thursday evening to go look at them...and I'm guessing take them home. Kevin is the one who got to see them already and he can't get them out of his head, so...I think it will be a new addition weekend.

Here is a pic of the boy kitty: http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14500940
And the girl: http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14500942
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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2009, 04:02:40 PM »

OMG, they are gorgeous. Beautiful markings -- giving them a great life is a wonderful tribute to Angelus.
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2009, 04:04:54 PM »

Oh they are adorable ! I agree Angelus would be very proud of you for helping them.
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2009, 04:08:19 PM »

These are beautiful kitties. I agree that it's wonderful tribute to Angelus to adopt them. It does sound like you are really ready.

I am with you, 3cat, on wishing I had adopted more while I could. We have had a total of eleven (not all at one time) and now it doesn't seem like very many. (3 remain in this world, 8 are at the RB)
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2009, 04:17:45 PM »

I've had many over the years,most gone now. Only once was I down to 1 cat,usually several cats & dogs. Down to 5 now & won't be getting any more until that number drops. I don't think I will ever do kittens or puppies again though,will stick to older animals since I'm not that young anymore.Unless circumstances put a young 1 in my path needing a home. I do think sometimes our angels put them near us to help us with a loss.
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2009, 04:20:07 PM »

They are so adorable! And it is great that you are getting two, Kallisto would likely be similarly annoyed with the fact that there is someone new in the house whether it is one or two, but with two they will often play with each other rather then constantly bug older kitty to play. Even though Stefie loves Sophie, when she was younger there were quite a few occasions when her "play with me! play with me right now! Why don't you play with me?" was getting on his nerves. If I was doing it all over again I would have gotten two.
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