Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Sad Goodbye

I have something I need to tell you and I need you not to judge.

Tomorrow I'm sending Callie and Sissy away to a new home. Some of you who have been following my blog for a while know my "issues" with my cats. There's a lady that has offered to take them who is a huge cat-lover. She's a widow that has never had children, runs an animal shelter, and says she's devoting her life to caring for animals.

I know some of you are going to think I'm a terrible person, but I just can't take it anymore. I think all the pooping and vomiting has made me unbelievably bitter towards these babies. I know tomorrow will be hard and I'm 100% positive I will cry rivers, but this is the best thing for my mental health.

It's been 9 LONG years with these girls and I promise that I've tried everything humanly possible to make it work with them. I hope ya'll don't think I'm awful. I really think they will have a happier life where they're going. They'll get to go outside (our neighborhood doesn't allow roaming animals) and this lady really does love cats.

The girls really don't do well in the car so Jay went by the vet today and got some Prozac so they'll have an easier time on the ride and transition. I really am nervous about tomorrow. I'm mentally ready but I'm not sure about emotionally. Right now my emotions are all over the place.


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13 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... said...

You have to remember that you need to make decisions that will be for YOU!! And I understand. I don't think I could handle all that messy stuff either! I'm sure you'll miss them but they're going to be with someone who wanted them and that should make you very happy!

Paulina said...

I am sure you are going to miss them, but you have their best intentions at heart!!! I totally understand what you are going through. No judgements made. Good luck tomorrow!

LeAnna said...

Having worked for a Veterinarian for 5 years, I think what you're doing is the best thing and way better than the alternative. Pets are meant for pleasure, and when they're not thriving in their habitat, the best thing you can do is place them in one where they'll adjust better. Sounds like you've found the perfect match for them, too! Congratulate yourself on making a very wise decision, and don't feel bad about sighing in relief. ;)

Kerrie said...

Oh Jill-What a hard decision to make! I know you will be sad, but I think you are right that it will be best for you and the "girls". Hope the transition goes easily for them and especially for you.

Katy said...

Oooooh, tough one. I am a huge animal person. I am a member of the humane society and I donate to ASPCA and I used to donate to WWF until I found out they support global warming and polar bears dieing, even though AK has had something like a 500% polar bear growth, but the straw that broke the camels back was when I found out that they are a liberal group and use part of their donations to fund ABORTION SUPPORT!!! Never know what you'll learn listening to Talk Radio-very educational! Anyway, with decisions like this, I think it is important to remember that God gave man the authority to rule over all the animals on the earth. His plan was not that they rule over us! I don't know the whole story, but sounds like your cats maybe were stealing some of your joy. Your heart is right. You are finding what sounds like a great home. I bet this lady is going to go out of her way to make these two new family members feel so welcomed. Hopefully they will adjust and think, "I wish I knew about this place all along!" Either way, you are in authority over them and you are looking out for their best interest. Good luck. I know this will be hard for you even though your heart is in the right place.

courtne450 said...

Jill, I don't think anyone would think you're a terrible person for doing this. At least I would hope not! You are absolutely making the right decision. At least you found them a great home... some people would just throw them out on their little fuzzy butts! I hope all goes well with you tomorrow. I know you'll be sad. I've been trying to find my dog a home and I get sad every time I think about giving him to someone else... so I understand! Try not to cry too much and know that they will adjust to their new surroundings and probably be very happy kitties!

BECKY said...

Hi Jill, We have been in a similar position before and as a family knew we had to do what was best for us and the animals, and that sounds just like what you've done.

It is a difficult thing to do, but we are so glad that we gave them up to their new home. I really think it was a win/win situation and it doesn't get any better than that.

You may have really blessed the new owner more than you can imagine.

Praying for comfort and peace for you and yours. You did the best thing you could do!

Blessings,
Becky

carol said...

You are not a terrible person. There is a time. I know how you feel though. I had my 18 year old cat put to sleep. He had thyroid problems, barfed and meowed all the time and I just couldn't deal with it anymore. I still feel guilt even though I know intellectually it was not a bad choice.

Toothfairy said...

I don't think you are a terrible person, because you've found them another great place. Some people do horrible things to animals, those people are terrible. You my dear, are not!

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Jill said...

I totally understand. I couldn't handle the issues you've had either. You are doing what is best for them. I hope everything worked out okay.

Rachel said...

I understand. Animals are hard, and they only seem to get harder. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered this during our harder days...I hope you make it thru okay!

Janna K said...

I can so relate to how you feel. We had to make a similar decision with our 10 yr old dog. He was adopted into a home of someone who fell in love with him and could meet his needs better than I could after having 2 small kiddos.

Kim V. said...

Hey, Jill! Just getting home & getting caught up on what I have missed. Did everything go okay with getting the girls to their new home? You know I felt you did the right thing and everyone will be much happier!