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Newton

06/04/2013

Belle

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Also known as Squeaks, The Orange One and Triangle Cat. I love her. I love all my cats. These little creatures were there with us month after failed month. They entertain us with hilarious fuzzy antics. They are and will always be our first children.

I brought one cat into this marriage, the Professor brought the rest. We never, ever, in a million years expected to be moving to NYC and facing rules and regulations on how many pets we can have in a home that we will own. We never expected one cat to suddenly stop jiving with the herd. We never, ever, expected to be facing these choices.

We are still in the process of buying our new place, but have reviewed the bylaws.  There is a limit on how many cats you can have per unit and guess what? Our cat circus does does not comply. We have to rehome a cat.

My heart is breaking as I write this and the tears are flowing. I’m starting it on Sunday with plans to publish Monday Tuesday, because I know I’ll need a full 24 48 hours to get it all out.

We'll start with the promised cute cat photo. This is Newton, sleeping peacefully on a white tablecloth.

Our little orange triangle cat has been miserably unhappy for quite a while now. At one point all cats lived in relative harmony as long as the Feliway was kept fresh, the feeding schedule was maintained, equal love and play was bestowed upon all and the water fountains were kept clean. While they might not have been thrilled that there was a disproportionate number of felines to laps, they made it work.

But things started to change. Newton started acting out, clearly jealous of the others. While the others are happy to sit by and wait for her turn to be petted, Newton will bolt into the room and start posturing whatever cat is being loved on. She wants the love and does not want to share. I can’t blame her, quite frankly. The bad behavior only occurs when other cats are around and being paid attention to and is making it clear that Newton wants to be an only cat.

We have tried everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, to find a way around this. And then we got word we were moving to NYC. And then we read the bylaws  And then we realized that the only fair and right thing to do is to find Newton a good forever home where she can be an only cat. Where she can rule the food bowl, where all petting is bestowed entirely upon her, where she is the sole funker-upper of the water bowl.

We had hoped that the Professor’s former roommate  who had bonded with Newton would be open to adopting her. Unfortunately, he recently received a pink slip at work and is unsure where life is taking him. My parents have offered to take her, but want us to first try to find her a forever home elsewhere. Their cat of 21 years recently passed away and they really are hesitant to bring another creature into the house so soon.

So we continue to search. I’ve shared this blog with quite a few friends who know me well and now I’m sharing on the off chance one of them is looking for a feline companion or knows someone who is looking for a buddy.

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About Newton:

Newton is a FEMALE 7 year-old domestic long hair who needs a forever home where she will be the only pet and get lots of love. She also needs to always be an indoor cat as she is not the brightest and I don’t think would last very long in the outdoors. Newton LOVES PETTING. She loves to sleep all splayed out on something soft. She reminds my mom of the Cowardly Lion.

Newton squeaks more than meows and is a little bit ditzy. Sometimes we call her “Bubbles” because it just fits! She loves to talk and really loves to hang out while you cook dinner and “chat.” She is a little scruffy and a lot fluffy. Her tiny little mouth has a hard time keeping up with all her fluff so she needs brushing a few times a week. She is great with little kids and will tolerate all kinds of play and petting the wrong direction.

Newton is a good cat and uses the litter box like a champ, never straying outside of it. She is a good eater but can’t be free fed as she will just gobble until it is all gone. She gets two meals a day – breakfast and dinner – plus treats because who does not want treats?! She loves her water fountain (which we will make sure she comes with) and she loves to play with toys on a string and her kick-a-roo.

I used to advocate for responsible pet ownership and adoption. Actually, I still do, I’m just not as involved in local organizations as I once was. Because of this, I’ve seen a lot of crazy and will not adopt to just anyone, nor will I just “take her to the shelter” as some have suggested. Newton will only go to a loving home where we trust she will be cared for with nothing but kindness and respect.

As you know, we are in Lexington, KY and I’m really pregnant so transporting Newton somewhere like Oregon might be tricky, although for the right home we would certainly try our best! Email if you might be interested or have a family member who would be.

I do rest a little easier knowing that if no one is able to take my Triangle, my parents are willing to step up, but this is still hard, hard, hard. Part of me feels like a failure, but the other part knows it is right. We can’t smuggle cats into our new place – even if you own the home they can still toss you out, or at least make your life hell. Add to the mix that Newton is clearly not a happy camper in the current arrangement and deserves to live out her years in a home where she is the only fuzzy creature getting petted and the solution seems clear. Sigh… I’ve edited, deleted, rewritten, etc this a zillion times. Here goes publish…

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  1. June 4, 2013

    Oh, Belle… I would take Newton if I could. I saw the title of this post and my heart just dropped out of my chest. This is hard, and it’s very obvious in your description of her how much you love her!

    How great that you have a backup plan with your parents. That’s great!

    • June 4, 2013

      The entire thing is giving me fits of anxiety. I never, ever thought we would be in this situation, but I guess that is how life works. I also never thought I’d go through IVF so….

      I am so thankful that my parents have finally come around and agreed to take her if need be. I still would prefer finding her a family that is looking for a feline, though, you know?

      • June 4, 2013

        Oh yes – you want Newton to be WANTED! But you know what? If your parents take her, they will love her and want her!

        • June 4, 2013

          Lol! I know they will. My entire family is a total sucker for a fuzzy face 🙂

  2. Kathy #
    June 4, 2013

    She is gorgeous ! I’m sure someone will love to have her as their only pet. It is the right decision for her and for you. Hopefully her new family will keep in touch with you after the move, that would help. Good luck !

    • June 4, 2013

      I think Newton updates will be a requirement no matter what! This little cat is hilarious and I hope to continue to enjoy stories of her silly behaviors!

      • Kathy #
        June 4, 2013

        We are going through this in our family. My daughter fosters Great Danes and a stray they thought had given birth recently was found to be days away from giving birth. She had 4 pups eight weeks ago. The two males went to their furever homes last week and now only the two girls and the momma to go. Anyone who wants a BIG fur baby check out Friendly Giant Dog rescue. It’s sad but happy at the same time.

  3. 35life #
    June 4, 2013

    Oh I am so sorry you are going through this on top of everything else you have going on. As a cat owner, I know how tough this must be. We’ve had to make some tough decisions over the years in terms of pets. Our very loving vet would always tell us to do what’s best for the kitty and it sounds like she’s already having some tough times. Maybe it will be best to find her a home where she can be top cat. In some strange way, maybe the behavior she’s been exhibiting is her way of “volunteering”, to make your transition to abide by the rules with the move easier. I know it’s still so hard though. Hugs!

    • June 4, 2013

      You know, that thought crossed my mind. Like, maybe an entire year ago when this behavior started she knew that things were going to change and that she would be ok if she went elsewhere. I am sure I’m reading a little too deeply into a tiny cat brain but one can hope! I am certain she will be much happier as an only cat. Not all cats are meant to live in a herd. Thank you for hte kind words!

  4. June 4, 2013

    What a difficult decision. I’m sorry you had to make it, but it sounds like your hands are tied. My heart hurts for you all the same. Newton is a lucky kitty to have been a part of your family… Now it’s just time for his journey to take him to another wonderful family where he can get all the attention and love he craves! He’ll be happy, but missed.

    • June 5, 2013

      She. She will be happy, but missed. Sorry Newton!

  5. June 4, 2013

    Such a hard decision to make. My heart goes out to you and I hope Newton finds the perfect home. Big hugs!

    • June 4, 2013

      Thank you! I know it will all work out, it’s just very hard right now. Every night when she has her turn on the lap I feel sooooo guilty.

  6. June 4, 2013

    This is such a hard circumstance to be in. Though I’ve never had to rehome a beloved pet, I’ve watched many friends do so. The idea that someone loves their furbaby any less because of this is the farthest thing from the truth. And contrary to what you’re hearing, I’m very glad you’re not taking her to a shelter. Older pets rarely get adopted and the shock of shelter life can have negative consequences for an animal that has spent most of their life in a loving home. Though I’m absolutely pro-shelter, this is one reality that most rarely talk about (hence why the foster system is SO important).

    Anyway, I wish you all the best with finding a new forever home for Newton. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  7. krissie #
    June 4, 2013

    Oh, Belle. I am so sorry.

    I hate that she needs to be an only. We have one already, and I have been trying to encourage the husband to get a friend for her. Newton seems to have so much in common with my little Scully girl, which is why they probably wouldn’t work.

    Best of luck, sweet friend.

    • June 4, 2013

      Sadly, they probably would not work. Introducing an adult cat to an adult cat is HARD work and not always productive. But I do appreciate the kind words and hope that little Scully will find her perfect companion one day soon!

  8. June 4, 2013

    Oh she is so gorgeous! I wish we could take her, but my husband has cat allergies something terrible. I love orange kitties, they are something special for sure. I hope she finds her home soon.

    • June 4, 2013

      I hope so too. It sure would be great if my folks ended up with her… then I could still take her pretty photos every time I visited (she is my favorite to photograph). Thank you for the good thoughts.

  9. pegara #
    June 4, 2013

    Oh Belle, I can’t imagine having to give up one of my fur babies! I had to let my oldest cat live with my patents for a year while I was in school and I felt like a really bad mom, but I knew she was coming back as soon as I was done.

    I’m sorry you had to make the choice… It must have been so hard. I hope you find her a great home!!

    Hugs

  10. June 4, 2013

    Heartbreak! She’s beautiful Belle! If I didn’t have my own long-haired, snuggle-loving, jealous female feline, I’d scoop her up! Hope you find an excellent fit for your sweet girl! Cat limits, pshh! New York City is lame!

  11. June 4, 2013

    I know how hard this must be for you! I would fall apart, too, at the thought of having to get rid of a pet. I would so take Newton if I could, because she just seems like such a sweet cat, but I don’t think she’d be happy with my doggie. But I know that you will find the perfect home for her, and with time, you will find peace with your decision. Hugs to you, Belle!

  12. June 4, 2013

    What a beautiful, beautiful kitty. I’m sorry you are in this position. It’s good that your parents are willing to take her in and love all over her, so you know you aren’t in such a rush. If I hear of anyone in NY looking for a wonderful only lapcat I will let you know. ❤

  13. June 5, 2013

    Oh Belle! I wish I could adopt Newton! A beautiful orange female!! (Most orange cats are male.) She sounds very sweet too. Unfortunately, we live way too far away and we have 2 other cats. I truly hope you find someone you are comfortable with for Newton. You are right, she deserves a happy forever home.
    My heart breaks for you, but I know it will work out.

  14. June 7, 2013

    Oh no, this must be so heartbreaking. So sorry you have to go through this. I hope you find her a loving home before you move.

  15. June 7, 2013

    This is such a difficult situation. I understand the new place wouldn’t want a cat hoarder in their midst, but I hate when there are limits put on the number of animals when you OWN your place. Our last town in CT only allowed two dogs. We weren’t thinking about getting a third, but what if I wanted a third dog? What’s so bad about that?

    Anyway, I do hope that you find a fantastic home for Newton. You know I’m not into cats, but he looks pretty adorable. Pets absolutely become part of the family, so I can only imagine how hard this is for you.

    HUGS.

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