My dad started experiencing increasing health problems about three years ago.  My folks live way out in BFE, and they found they were having to travel for longer periods of time to visit doctors and specialists.  While they were away, they worried about their cat, Poppy, being home alone.  So they began to bring her to stay with my husband and me.

Poppy is a sweet and beautiful pure-bred kitty who is used to being treated like the special princess she is.  She had a hard time adjusting to our crazy house-hold of two other cats and two dogs.  We never worried about it too much because she was always just here for temporary stays.  We just tried to make her as comfortable as possible and gave her lots of love and attention.

About a year ago, my dad’s health problems got worse and they decided to permanently re-home Poppy.  Of couse, we wanted to keep her and have tried integrating her into our zoo over the past year.  But it’s been difficult for her.  She wants so much to be with us that she picks fights with the other animals if they come close to us (sometimes even in the same room with us).  Because of this, our four animals just try to stay away from her, and since she is always close to us, they’re forced to stay away from us, too.  When Poppy doesn’t get enough attention, she goes into a depressed state and doesn’t eat or move much for sometimes a week or two at a time. I adore Poppy, but I’ve begun to miss my other animals, too, one of which is a very senior cat.  I don’t want to miss out on the last couple of years with my older girl.  And now, with our first baby on the way, Poppy will get even less of the attention she needs.

We contacted Poppy’s breeder, and she’s helped us find the perfect new couple for her.  She will be the queen of their household, the apple of their eye.  They are so, so thrilled she is coming to stay with them.  They had to pass a vigorous screening process before Poppy was placed with them.  They are retired, active, healthy and can give Poppy the attention and devotion she deserves.  The hardest part is they are in Florida and we are in Texas, so it will be a permanent good-bye.

They’ve arranged for special transport from Austin to Orlando for Poppy by car.  I couldn’t stand the thought of her traveling by air by herself, she would be so terrified.  She leaves this morning.  I know this is the perfect new home for her, but I’m terrified something will happen to her on the trip.  The people who are transporting her have contacted me twice already and are very professional and thorough.  It’s just so hard letting her go to begin with, I just couldn’t live with myself if anything happened to her. 

It’s 3:30 in the morning and I can’t sleep.  I have to go to work in a few hours.  I just can’t seem to calm my heart and my mind over this.

(Side note:  dad’s health is much better.  He’ll always have to be monitored carefully and they will have to travel to do that until they can move closer to the doctors, but we’re so glad he’s doing great.)


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mybumpyjourney
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 08:09:53

    That is so sad. I had to adopt out a cat that I inherited after I got married. Our schedules were to demanding to keep a finiky diabetic cat. She too would act out emotionally if she didn’t have enough time spent with her. Ended up in the vets a few times b/c of it. We found her a nice home with an elderly couple with birds. She LOVED IT there!


    • iamstacey
      Dec 22, 2010 @ 13:48:18

      I love the couple she is going to, and I know it’s the right choice for Poppy. I’ll just miss her so much! I wish I could’ve found her a home closer to us so I could visit her!


  2. Kari
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 08:54:08

    Good luck with you new home Poppy!! ((HUGS)) to you Stacey!! I feel guilty that our to furbabies who I used to worship and spoil sometimes barely get a second glance in the chaos of a new baby. Poppy will be much happier in a home where she is #1!!


    • iamstacey
      Dec 22, 2010 @ 13:49:37

      My folks had her for a few weeks last month, and she was so happy being the only kitty again! That’s when I realized how much I had been missing our other pets! I wish they could’ve all integrated peacefully. But I’m glad she’ll be #1 Princess again.


  3. Another Dreamer
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:49:34

    Aww, it’s always so hard to part with a pet 😦 Hope Poppy makes it safe, and loves the new home.


  4. Low Fat Lady
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 15:07:18

    So glad that your dad is doing better and that poppy will be spoiled rotten in her new home. Happy holidays.


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