Cat Rescue Bleg – Seattle / Northwest Coast Area

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From commentor Erin B:

I’m hoping to get some assistance rehoming my mother’s two cats. Her health has taken a rather abrupt turn for the worse and she can no longer care for them. Their names are Pumpkin and Cleo, and both are elderly (12ish) and diabetic, requiring regular insulin shots. Pumpkin is a handsome orange fellow with a long face that looks like Art Noveau, and Cleo is a petite calico.

They are wonderful animals; Cleo is sweet, although not too social with other animals, and Pumpkin is the original nice guy.

They’re in Seattle, but I imagine we could get them anywhere from there down the Pacific coast to the Bay Area. I’m really hoping to get them settled while I’m in town next week, so Mom can know they’re getting the love they deserve and the care they need.

If you are interested, or have any leads, send me an email at AnneLaurie (at) (click on my name in the right-hand column) and I’ll put you in touch with Erin B.

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17 replies
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    WereBear says:

    Of course, I’m on the other side of the continent. (This is ironic because of my immediate adoration of Pumpkin.)

    My best to both!

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    redshirt says:

    Cats are killers.

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    PeakVT says:

    @redshirt: Probably not those two, and the problem is mostly feral cats.

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    WereBear says:

    @PeakVT: The problem isn’t even feral cats.

    Those studies completely ignore the fact that cats prefer to dispatch rodents… who eat bird eggs.

    Do Cats Kill Songbirds?

    Cats are being blamed for what pesticides and habitat loss are actually creating.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @redshirt: Gee, I can understand why you’re a little jumpy, but as long as you’re not being beamed down to The Planet of Fucking Huge Moggies, you’re gonna be OK, dude.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Beautiful kitties! So sorry for your mom that she has to give them up.

    Sending warm wishes to all of you.

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    PeakVT says:

    @WereBear: No, sorry. Feral cats are definitely a problem. And they’re a much larger problem on islands, where there are more likely to be flightless birds, than in the US.

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    WereBear says:

    @PeakVT: There are better, and more humane ways, than eradication:

    In contrast to the problems in San Francisco, Virginia and Louisiana, ferals in Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, US, were trapped, neutered and released and provided with litterboxes and shelters. At the same time, efforts were made to preserve or increase bird habitats in the gardens. Despite the presence of the cats, the bird population, including ground-nesting species, has increased. The cats themselves are an added attraction with visitors. WHY FERAL ERADICATION WON’T WORK

    We must ask ourselves, why is this only a problem now? In times past, very few people kept their cats inside, and no one tried to care for ferals. Trap/neuter/release WORKS. Encouraging people to keep their cats inside, as I do on my cat blog, works.

    This is as stupid as “breed bans,” which only kill dogs and do not eliminate the threat of stupid and cruel people.

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    MrSnrub says:

    We had a diabetic cat. The insulin shots were easy peasy, and painless for her. She got treats afterward, and it became a morning ritual. Don’t let this keep you from adopting these cute kitties.

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    redshirt says:

    I know cats are beautiful and cute and awesome, but when I saw the recent study showing the damage cats do to wildlife, I was aghast. As we should all be – unless we think it’s cool to exterminate other species for the sakes of our cats.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Those two are pretty. Hope they find homes.

    AL: I’ll send you the information in an email but the livecam of kittens I’ve been plugging is for a no-kill shelter in the Seattle area. It’s name is Purrfect Pals and they believe that all cats should be taken care of. Even if they don’t find a forever home, they will take care of the cats.

    No time or place like the present to plug the livecam again:

    The kittens are due back to the foster home from their first vet visit momentarily.

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    MazeDancer says:


    Giving cats shots is so easy that I had vet give me hypos instead of pills many times. The cats really could care less about a well placed shot, where any pilling is a traumatizing battle.

    And remember, many here would happily donate for a plane ride or other kitty transport anywhere, so don’t let distance stop you if your heart hears these sweet kitties’ songs.

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    Calouste says:


    +1 for PurrfectPals

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    I’ve been owned by two diabetic cats, one of whom we adopted under similar circumstances to these beauties. The more intelligent of the two put together cause (Mom pinches my neck) and effect (I feel better) and started keeping me to a strict schedule for the first time in his life. It’s one of the easiest bits of sick cat care I’ve ever done.

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    Riley's Enabler says:

    They are both gorgeous babies! I was the enabler of a rather cranky diabetic old man, and we wrestled with his blood tests and his daily insulin shots with crazed glee. He enjoyed hiding from me and I enjoyed the peace after I caught and shot (insulin) him.

    Diabetes is not difficult to manage.

    I hope they find blissful home(s).

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    lurker dean says:

    good luck to erin b, her mother, and those lovely cats. really hope they can find a good home.

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