1. mikensara

    mikensara Chirping

    Jun 16, 2011
    New York
    my husbands sister is moving in with us for 2 months at least i hope its just 2 months its going to be cramped quarters for a bit but i think we will manage. Her hub is less than thrilled to be here but the alternative would be a homeless shelter. They are being evicted and the trailer they were renting was sub standard when they rented it. Now its condemned partly they are to blame with the feral cats they continued to feed and take in. We are allowing them to stay but told them they could not bring the cats. 1 our dog will kill them shes not good with other animals and since we wont allow them in the house and 2 I was concerned if they bought them what diseases they would bring and we have 2 healthy cats, and 3 what if they attacked my chickens, and 4 my god what if any of these wild cats have rabies or other diseases and bit or scratched my children.
    Hubs sister is ok about not taking them with her and her hub isnt and yes i do feel bad that these cats are now flung out into the wild and have no one to feed them but they also lack any veterinary care and will continue to populate and spread disease.
  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    They should be grateful you opened your home to them. I would not take the pets in either.If they can not manage a roof over their head then spending on animals should be stopped.Sad about the cats.Hope they are caught and put down.That is the most humane thing. I also hope your guest will move out on the set date-be firm.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    You or they should contact the local AC or feral cat group, and see if there is any help available. I don't fault you at all for not wanting to take them in.

    Imp- good of you to help out your family.
  4. calicokat

    calicokat Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    Sending good vibes your way that the stay is short, and relatively painless [​IMG]

    And good call on the cats! My view is pretty harsh -- pets are a luxury. If you can't afford a roof over your head, food on the table & utilities, you sure as heck can't afford luxuries like extra mouths to feed. Tell them to love up your cats and make do, LOL!
  5. mikensara

    mikensara Chirping

    Jun 16, 2011
    New York
    vet expenses are expensive our 2 cats are spayed/neutered and up to date on shots. So is our dog. To allow them to bring in a cat with a diease or illness is going to cost us triple in vet costs. It still makes me feel terrible to put our pets first ahead of their situation. I hope they take the time to think about what landed them here and not repeat itself once they out and on their feet again. Hub and I did argue about how much space to gve them for their stuff. They have 1 closet and the bedroom they will get. Most of their stuff will have to go into storage. I dont want my home cluttered.
  6. bt03

    bt03 Songster

    Mar 1, 2011
    Over the rainbow...
    Quote:When we moved in with my dad for a bit (nothing to rent and husband was transferred by set date with only 30 days notice) We only took the bare minimum of what we would need and even then we still went to the storage daily because we didn't want to invade his space. We asked and he kindly let us bring our pets that had all been up to date with shots and spay/neuter, potty trained and mostly quiet (stupid dog). If I were you I wouldn't feel bad about putting your pets first because vet care is very expensive (even for a check-up $65 minimum for us) and, goodness forbid, if something happened y'all would be out some major bucks because of it. I have to admit it was a little cramped living with my dad but we were just so greatfull to have a place to go we didn't complain one bit. Like I told my husband, beggars can't be choosers so lets do the best with what we've got and just be happy we have a roof over our heads.
  7. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Crowing

    Jan 12, 2010
    Good for you to help your family! Yeah it is too bad about their cats, but your responsibility is to take care of your animals and do whats best for them. I sure hope they have a game plan on getting out and on their own again... these things tend to ... well, drag out if they can't find work or another place to take them soon. Good luck!
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Oh, good luck Dear and God bless you for helping them out......

    I totally agree with you about the cats. They should really be thankful that you're allowing them to stay. This is happening all around the country....More and more families have this situation.

    I am in the same situation with my 20 year old stepdaughter who has moved back home and will be having a baby in October.....No telling how long she'll be with us, but she's gotta get back on her feet.

    Take care and hang in there!

  9. ChickyLove

    ChickyLove Chirping

    Jun 2, 2011
    Springfield, MA.
    I completely agree that them brining feral cats along would be foolish. You and your hubby are opening your home to them. Think of it this way, you aren't putting your pets ahead of their situation. You just aren't compromising on the safety and wellbeing of your family or your animals who were there first. Will be praying this is a smooth transition and that they find their own place to be quickly!
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    The idea of contacting a cat rescue orgainization is spot on. If the cats are friendly, chances are they will be adopted; if truly feral, if healthy will probably be /neutered and released back where they came from to try to keep that feral population under control. Your first priority is your own family, which includes your pets. It might be one thing if they had one or even a couple of pet that they had had for many years, but if they are taking in and feeding all the strays that show up, no that is not at all the same thing.

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