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Farewell to Zeresh and Cecily - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
July 16th, 2005
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Farewell to Zeresh and Cecily
arnulf and I are moving out in two weeks, and regrettably, neither of us can accommodate our cats in our new living arrangements. This means we absolutely must give the cats away immediately. If we can't find a new home for them, I'll have to give them back to the Cat Welfare Society or some other shelter. It saddens me, but I have no choice.

I know, I'm posting this late. There's a bunch of reasons why, all of them irrelevant now.

Please, if any of you is willing to take the two cats, or knows someone who might, let me know (details below). I'd also like to hear from you if you have ideas for better alternatives than the chronically-impoverished Cat Welfare Society.

Details about the cats:

Zeresh is about 1.5 years old, she's got lovely rich gray fur, and is exceptionally quiet and friendly. She never scratches and would only bite (not powerfully) to express that you're physically irritating her. She is not aggressive or mean, and responds very well to humans, including strangers. She's the sweetest cat ever.

Cecily is about one year old, white with touches of ginger and black; she's not as friendly as Zeresh, and is a bit more shy, but she too is not aggressive and doesn't bite or scratch.

Both are house cats (they don't spend time outside), have regular eating habits (they're not picky), and are very much attached to each other (they sleep curled up together).

We move out on July 31st. If I don't find a new home for the cats by July 29th, I'll give them to the Society.

I'd have posted pictures, but the Flat server seems to be down, taking the picture gallery with it. Perhaps arnulf would be able to fix it soon.

Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer.

Current Mood: frustrated

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From:ukelele
Date:July 16th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
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Awww :(. Unfortunately, I am having a wrong continent error here. Why the sudden move?
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From:morin
Date:July 16th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
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I, too, can't take the cats, though I wish i could. However, I can put the pictures online. Ruthim-at-Gmail, send and I'll upload.
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From:lilacsinmarch
Date:July 16th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
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There are a few kitty pictures here(as you might remember).
This saddens me muchly,I wish that I could take them both or even just Cecy.
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From:dorable
Date:July 16th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
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Aw. I wish I could help. :(
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From:bevit
Date:July 16th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)

Since I can't help, I will yell at you instead

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What do you mean you "can't accommodate" the cats, that you have "no choice" but to "give them away"? You always have a choice! You have nothing but choices!

When you took Zeresh and Cecily in, you made a commitment to them to take care of them for the rest of their lives. It may be less convenient now, but that commitment still stands. Deal with it. Get creative. Do not abandon your adopted family members!

I hope you realize that if you give the cats to a so-called "shelter", they will most likely be killed? The Cat Welfare Society might be benevolent, but there's no guarantee they'll have room for Zeresh and Cecily. Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim or the municipal authorities are tantamount to a death sentence.

You're a good man, Ijon. I'm sure the situation truely saddens you and that you've already tried to find a way out. But what you seem to be saying with this post is that since there is no obvious mutually beneficial solution, Zeresh and Cecily are just going to have to pay, perhaps with their lives, for your and Arnulf's convenience.

And that is neither right nor just. It's selfish, to pick a mild word.
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From:ijon
Date:July 18th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)

Re: Since I can't help, I will yell at you instead

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I understand your sense of outrage, but I see things differently:

What do you mean you "can't accommodate" the cats, that you have "no choice" but to "give them away"? You always have a choice! You have nothing but choices!

Sure, if you want to put it that way. Alright: I have made a choice that does not allow for keeping the cat. I decline to discuss my particular circumstances on this journal, but just for the sake of the argument, let's say that I'm moving in with my SO, and that that SO is severely allergic to cats. That sort of thing could happen, right? You can't reason with an allergy. It is clearly a situation of SO-or-cat. You might have chosen the cat. I would have chosen the SO. (This is just an example, yes?)

That said, there are certainly not a lot of things that would have made me part with Zeresh. She is my cat, I did take responsibility for her, and I'd have been willing to go through considerable hardship or expense in order to keep her (e.g. taking her with me if/when I study abroad). But, as I said, particular circumstances in my life that are non-negotiable as far as I'm concerned have, in fact, trumped the otherwise powerful bond of responsibility to the cat.

If you want me to spell it out, I shall: I love cats; I care for cats; I care about my cat; but humans mean more to me; certain situations in human life trump pet-and-human relationships, in my book.

Selfish? Sure, if you want to look at it that way. One could also observe that Zeresh was a diseased street cat until the Cat Welfare Society picked her up and arnulf and I took her in; that her life has been incomparably better this past year and a half; that she has done nothing in particular to merit this good fortune, nothing the next street cat hadn't done; and that her life would now take a turn for the worse, in terms of attention and affection, again not through her own doing. Unfair? It is, yes; but who ever guaranteed fairness to cats? Indeed, who guaranteed fairness to humans?

When you took Zeresh and Cecily in, you made a commitment to them to take care of them for the rest of their lives. It may be less convenient now, but that commitment still stands. Deal with it. Get creative. Do not abandon your adopted family members!

Our perspectives vary sharply here. I never committed to them at all. I took them in and I am committed to general humane behavior, i.e. to feeding them, giving them attention, and taking care of their medical needs, etc. And I never thought of them as adopted family members. Far from it. I took them in because I could have them at the time, and through the then-foreseeable future, and it's been mutually beneficial. Now, in a manner unforeseen, I can't have them any more. Our mutual benefit ceases to exist. I take steps to minimize the discomfort caused them, as is the decent thing to do, but that's it.

My creativity doesn't lead me farther than spreading the word (LJ, e-mail, TAU) and contacting the Cat Welfare Society. I'll gladly listen to your advice, if you are capable of more fruitful creativity than me on this matter.

I hope you realize that if you give the cats to a so-called "shelter", they will most likely be killed? The Cat Welfare Society might be benevolent, but there's no guarantee they'll have room for Zeresh and Cecily. Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim or the municipal authorities are tantamount to a death sentence.

I do realize TBC is almost certain death, yes. I have no intention of giving them to the TBC. Zeresh was adopted from the CWS, and I should think they would be willing to take her back. If they don't have room, I could pay to have them cared for in a cat pension for a while, until I can find a new home for them in less haste than I am currently forced into.
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From:ijon
Date:July 18th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)

Re: Since I can't help, I will yell at you instead

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You're a good man, Ijon. I'm sure the situation truely saddens you and that you've already tried to find a way out. But what you seem to be saying with this post is that since there is no obvious mutually beneficial solution, Zeresh and Cecily are just going to have to pay, perhaps with their lives, for your and Arnulf's convenience.

Yes, they have to 'pay'; such is life, for all creatures. But I insist that 'convenience' is a very unfair term to just throw in my face. As I have shown in my example above, 'convenience' may have very little to do with it. Again, I decline to discuss the actual details of my situation.

And that is neither right nor just. It's selfish, to pick a mild word.

It is, I suppose. I never vowed to selflessly sacrifice my life or my happiness for the sake of the cats' standard of living. My care for them was profound, but had a practical limit, and it was reached in the current situation. That's how it is.
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From:mux2000
Date:July 17th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)

I'll take'm.

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