Sunday, June 08, 2008

A big SIGH :(

I reluctantly put this down in writing as it means I have made a decision. We'll be putting Bob up for adoption. It seems impossible for Bob and Angel to be able to live together in the house. All this while we have been separating them, only allowing Bob a few hours outside of my bedroom when Angel is resting in the balcony or sis' room. Angel would run and hide when he hears or see me entering or leaving my bedroom as he is probably scared that Bob is let out. Bob would also hover around the room where Angel is and starts to get excited pacing around or trying to burrow a way but to no avail.

I can also feel the frustration of Bob in being cooped up in my room most of the time. Recently he has bitten me a few times. I'm not angry with him. I'm just sad that I don't know what to do to make him and Angel accept each other. On Wed, before I went to work, I actually broke down and cried after Bob bit me quite hard on my arm and legs in frustration. He hasn't bitten me since and I still sleep with him in my room every night. He is quite attached to me and I to him.

I realise I have to make the choice to try to find him a good home where he could have more space most of the time and also with an loving human friend and maybe even other cats whom he can accept and play with (since he was also alright with Bush, White Neck and the other community cats in the park). I myself have also been feeling the stress from work and recently the town council officer in my area told me about 2 residents in 2 different blocks complaining about the cats in my area. I have asked him to let me have more details and also allow me to speak to the residents so that I can help them to understand about community cats and TNRM. The TC officer said he likes cats too and would contact me again. Sigh, I had been quite happy that I had not heard from him of any complaints about the cats so far. I guess life is always filled with challenges.

A friend has suggested that I could put Bob back where I found him but Bob can make a good home cat and there is a nasty gardener who will be at the park every fortnight to terrorise the cats while overpruning the bushes and flowers. Also there is a roaming pet cat, Manja/Shrek who was chasing Bob away most of the time.

I will prepare the ad to be posted in Cat Welfare Society's online adoption bulletin board to start the adoption screening process. As with the other 2 cats (Charcoal and Pearl), I want to make sure Bob will be happy in his new home. It won't be easy but I have to try. In the meantime, we'll continue to keep Angel and Bob apart and happy and less stressed.

1 comment:

KXBC said...

If it's any consolation, I think you had made an informed and good decision.

Bob should be easily adoptable given his rather good looks and coat colour.

All the best.