Kitten Change

Hi everyone! I have some news to share with you today.

CJ is no longer my kitten :(. I’ve alluded to some of the challenges that I have had with him ever since I got him several weeks ago. This past Thursday I finally decided that it just wasn’t going to work- as much as I really wanted it to and as much as it was going to break my heart to give him back.

Thursday was a very tearful day for me. I had been having doubts about CJ pretty much since I brought him home. He never came out from under the bed unless it was to eat, use the litter box, or unless I grabbed him. He would often hiss at me if I tried to look at him under the bed and he would back away from me. Sometimes he did let me pet him and he loved it, but I had to lay on my floor and reach under the bed in order to do that. Every noise that CJ heard scared him and sent him cowering. It really and truly made me so sad.

As much as I wanted things to work with CJ, he was just not the type of cat that I desired to have- especially if things didn’t get all that much better and he was forever hiding from me. Perhaps I could have given him longer to adjust and maybe he eventually would have gotten better, but I decided that I didn’t want to take that chance and realize too late (after I was way too attached to him). I talked with the adoption coordinators and they agreed that it didn’t seem like the best fit.

The great thing about this adoption agency is that all of the animals are placed in foster homes- they are never in a shelter of sorts. They decided that CJ would probably do best with other kittens and they will be trying to adopt him out with another one so that he has a companion.

My friends, Chris, and parents can tell you that Thursday was a very upsetting day for me. I was crying because I knew this was the right decision but it made me so incredibly sad to know that CJ would no longer be mine. However, knowing that this was probably best for both of us in the long run, and knowing that he would get great care in a foster home and they would do their best in finding him a satisfying home really gave me comfort.

Yesterday, I delivered CJ to his new foster home and there are around 12 other kittens there for him to socialize with. The foster mom has already told me that she plans on working with him (I have no idea how) to hopefully help him become less skittish. I was able to get a new kitten yesterday- one that is more comfortable around people, doesn’t hide under the bed, and is super curious about her new environment. It’s already been a night and day difference than what I experienced when I brought CJ home.

I’ve decided to name her Zoey. She has the sweetest little personality. She even slept with me all night last night!

I’m really looking forward to my new adventure with Zoey :).

Yes, I’m still sad about giving CJ back but on Thursday it just hit me that he was still hiding under the bed and was scared of everything even after 3 weeks. I tried to hold him that day and show him the window and he scratched me so he could run away and then hissed at me. Realistically I just knew that I didn’t want a cat for x number of years that was always scared of me and everything else. I also know that he would be better off in a home that has a more patient person to work with him and perhaps other kittens he could play with.

Zoey is the type of kitten/cat that I was looking for. She’s playful, loving, curious, willing to be social with people and other cats, and she isn’t timid.

I hope you all understand my decision! And, now that I have a kitten who is constantly out in the open, you can be prepared to be shown lots of pictures :D.

Hope you have a great Sunday!



Have you ever had to make a really hard decision that made you sad, but you knew it was right? What was it?


About In Sweetness and In Health

I'm Lindsay! I'm a 23 year-old graduate student in occupational therapy. I love all things health and fitness related and this blog will document my life as I learn to really love myself, try to stop worrying so much about my body, and truly take advantage of all the sweet things that life offers us.

Posted on September 25, 2011, in Life, Pets. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Aww I’m sorry darling, that must have been so difficult. I can’t imagine having to make that decision, but just take comfort in knowing that someone is taking good care of him! As a grad student you just probably don’t have the time to dedicate to helping him get what he needs. hopefully the new foster home will help him!

  2. I’m so sorry that you had to go through that, but it sounds like he’ll have a good home, and hopefully the foster “parents” will help him to be more comfortable around humans!

    Probably the sadest decision I had to make was the move from Florida to Ohio when I got engaged to Brandon. It wasn’t a difficult decision because I knew that it was part of God’s plan for my life and I loved Brandon, but it was INCREDIBLY sad to leave my mom, my friends, my church, my job … and the warm weather haha.

    • Yes that’s definitely what I’m hoping will happen for him! I can’t imagine how hard that was to leave all of that- you are so brave! And I totally apologize for the Ohio winters haha.

  3. I’m so sorry love, but you and I both know you made the best decision πŸ™‚

    I really have been just loving your blog lately, just wanted to let you know. Well, I’ve ALWAYS loved it, haha, but I’ve been so hooked lately. I hope you always remember how beautiful of a person you are.

  4. I know it was hard, but you made the best decision for you and CJ. Now you have Zoey that seems to be a much better fit for you πŸ™‚

  5. I’m so so sorry about what you’re going through. There was a time in my life that my parents had to give a dog back to an adoption emergency b/c my mom had a really bad allergic reaction to him. We are a family of dog-lovers so it was very heart-breaking for us.

  6. I just found your blog and it’s too cute (slash I really want a bite of the frozen yogurt in your header!). In the moment, it’s hard to make a tough decision, but in the long run, you’ll see that it was necessary. Zoey seems like a great pet! πŸ™‚

  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I’m sorry things didn’t work out with CJ 😦 Hey, one thing that I’ve learned from having Popcorn is that every animal is completely different. This guy is a little crazy cook, while my dog back home acts like a cat. CJ will be much happier where is is now πŸ˜€

    Zoey looks adorable! Yey for pet pictures πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear more about the two of you!

  8. Awe, such a tough decision, Linds, but I’m sure it was right for you. I adopted a dog about a year and a half ago and I had to give him back. It was a really hard choice, but it was better for him and for me. But I definitely shed a lot of tears. It was awful! Hope things work out well with Zoey! πŸ™‚

  9. aw i’m sorry you had to make that decision! but i definitely think you made the right one. you need to do what is right for you, and CJ will be just fine! zoey is adorable! i hope you have lots of fun with her πŸ™‚

  10. I am so sorry you had to make such a tough decision! That must have been quite sad, I would have been really torn as well! But I completely understand why you changed kitties, I would have definitely done the same thing!

    I hope you and your new cat get along splendidly πŸ™‚

  11. I’m sure this was a tough decision but you did it for the right reason- the kitty’s happiness and well being. I think you and CJ will be better off for it!

  12. i had to do that with my first lab puppy. It was sad and I cried for days, but it was best for us both. Now I have a chocolate lab (for almost 6 years now) and we she truly is my child.


  13. I think you made the best decision! Zoey seems like a MUCH better fit for you.

  14. Sorry to hear about CJ, but some cats are tough cookies. I hope he’ll find a happy home, too. My friend had a cat named CJ in college, and he was a jerk FYI πŸ™‚ Yay for new kitties!

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