Izzy getting sick so soon after going home, makes us even more appreciative of responsible adopters.
It would seem a given that adopters are immediately fully responsible for the kitty once they bring the cat home.
But reality is different. A friend who also does rehoming, told us how an adopter called her mere days after bringing home a cat. The adopted cat was sick, and the adopter expected her to do everything on her behalf – bring the cat to a vet, pay the bills, nurse the cat back to health and return the cat to the adopter.
This friend was peeved, to say the least. She was also genuinely concerned – if the adopter is not even willing to be responsible so soon after adoption, what’s going to happen if the cat develops some issues in old-age?
The truth is, cats do get stressed easily, and being adopted is a big scary process – sometimes they can’t cope, and their systems react to the stress by geting some down time aka they fall sick.
We’ve been lucky so far *crossed fingers* – not that the cats we adopt out are all super-healthy, but the fact is, these adopters do understand the meaning of adopting a cat and being responsible cat parents hereafter. They take care of the vet visits and nursemaiding themselves. One adopter informed us about the illness only after the cat is recovered – they were concerned that if they let us know earlier, we might demand the cat’s return because they thought we would accuse them of being neglectful parents for letting the cat fall sick. Another, Sara’s parents notified us and kept us updated (ref: 1, 2, 3).
Izzy’s dad, HB has been great with updates too. In fact, I apologised for Izzy giving him wallet burn so soon. But he was gracious and said it’s his responsibility to ensure Izzy’s health and well-being are looked after.
In both Sara and Izzy’s cases, we were prepared for the kitties to be returned (motto: hope for the best but be prepared for the worst). After all they were still newly adopted, an the bond may not be firmly established yet. That they did not do so, but did what was necessary for the cats’ sake, really helps remind us that there are good people on this earth.
Adopters like the one my friend encountered are not that prevalent, but they do exist, and we hope we don’t encounter any like that – it would be a headache, unfai and stressful for the cat.
So we count our blessings, and hope that all adopters are responsible cat parents like most of the ones we’ve encountered so far.