What would you do? (Animal related)

Midway through Midway through
I have this cat. I've had her 4 years. She's had her problems through the years, mostly because my first boyfriend beat her senseless as a kitten, so she's had urinary problems ever since. IE: pees in my shower, and on my bathroom floor, sometimes on my carpet.

I've tolerated it, I bleach my floors and shower, and I shampoo the carpet a lot. However, today was the last straw.

I came home, and thought my house was on fire. I smelled burnt electrical wiring, and something else, material? I didn't know. So I search my heat sources, I throw my school books down and practically fly over to the heaters, nothing burnt, turned them off anyway. Next check, drier, nothing burnt? Oh shit, snake cages! I run to the cage downstairs, turn the lamp off, nothing burning?
....
I go upstairs. The smell is increasing as I dart up the stares, now I'm in a state of panic. My house must be on fire. It has to be.

I turn the corner to see my snake lamp face down on the floor, smoking.
My cat, being the only creature in the house that can go upstairs, because I've puppy gated the upstairs, has knocked the lamp off. It's on the floor, burning the wiring for the heat pad that also goes under the cage, and burning a hole in my floor.

I don't own this house. I rent. Carpet is expensive. I now, when I can gather the strength and courage to tell my landlord, have to tell him about the carpet. I will have to pay to replace it, I just lost my job 2 days ago. I literally threw the cat into the bathroom and locked the door and started crying.

I can't take this, I have 3 dogs locked downstairs and 2 snakes, the only animal capable of it was Pariah. On top of that, I catch her sitting on top of the snake cages all the time and have to chase her with a spray bottle. She almost burnt my house down. I could've lost my house, my dogs (my kids), ...everything. I've lost so much in the past year as it is.. I can't handle this. I can't keep this stress with this cat. She's always chewing computer wires or breaking collectables I own or messing shit up.

So I put her on Craigslist and advertised her on my facebook to give away...

I feel terrible but, am I so wrong to do so?
I guess I just want you guys' opinions. I just.. I feel bad but, I almost lost my home. If I was minutes later, it would've caught on fire. I'd have lost my snakes, my dogs, my computers (with all my homework on them)...my home. I'd be homeless.
11/17/2010
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You've just got to do what's best for you. If this cat is practically ruining your life, it's better for both of you that you give it to someone who can better deal with the cat. There is nothing wrong with doing this, as long as you make sure the cat goes to a good home. As far as I'm concerned, your well being is greatly important, and the cat won't be all that affected by you giving it away, as long as it has a nice place to call home. You are totally doing the right thing, so don't be hard on yourself
11/17/2010
Phoenix713 Phoenix713
No, you're not wrong. Whatever you decide to do is the right thing to do. No matter what anyone answers with, you are right no matter what you choose.

My only advice is that no matter what you do, don't take her to an animal shelter. All they'll end up doing is putting her to sleep. What you're doing, advertising her, is the best thing to do.
11/17/2010
Coralbell Coralbell
You have to do what works for you, but since you asked what I would do I have to say I would never get rid of my cat no matter what she did. My cat has had some issues in the past, like chewing holes in my bed sheets and climbing into the laundry basket to pee on my clean clothes. But to me getting rid of her is not an option, so I just have to find ways to prevent and deal with her behaviours.
11/17/2010
Pleasure Piratess Pleasure Piratess
Somewhat off subject... if there is matching carpet in the closet you can usually get an installer to come in and take a patch out of the closet and just put new carpet in the closet for a minimum charge. Sure would beat paying for carpet for the whole room!
11/17/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Midway through
I have this cat. I've had her 4 years. She's had her problems through the years, mostly because my first boyfriend beat her senseless as a kitten, so she's had urinary problems ever since. IE: pees in my shower, and on my bathroom floor, ... More
Since you can't afford to hire a behaviorist to help diagnose the problem with your cat (it's probably seperation anxiety) then rehoming her is a good choice. Just be sure you disclose the fact that this little girl has some emotional issues. You have to do what's right for you...oh and beat the piss out of your -ex boyfriend for hurting a kitten!
11/17/2010
Alicia Alicia
Quote:
Originally posted by Phoenix713
No, you're not wrong. Whatever you decide to do is the right thing to do. No matter what anyone answers with, you are right no matter what you choose.

My only advice is that no matter what you do, don't take her to an animal shelter. ... More
This is actually not true. Many animal shelters are no kill, they're not the same as a city pound. Often an animal shelter is the best way to go because they will make sure that the home she goes to is ready to handle her and won't end up just giving her away or mistreating her.
11/17/2010
Penguin Penguin
It sounds like you need to get rid of the cat and maybe more. You just lost your job and shouldn't have animals you cannot afford to take care of. It's not bad to realize that. It's smart.
11/17/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
*hugs* If you can't find a home for the kitty maybe check out the humane society's in your area or check if the shelters are no kill like Alicia said. But like already pointed out there's a lot going on in your house right now. Take things one at a time. Your emotional welfare needs to be taken care of so that you can tackle kids, job, bills and school. That's a lot. Kitty may find a home with someone who could dedicate one on one time with her and that would be a good thing. Stay positive.
11/17/2010
Midway through Midway through
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Since you can't afford to hire a behaviorist to help diagnose the problem with your cat (it's probably seperation anxiety) then rehoming her is a good choice. Just be sure you disclose the fact that this little girl has some emotional issues. ... More
I did beat the piss out of him actually. I also threatened his life. She was fuckin' less than 8 weeks old, and had an accident outside the litterbox, beside it, and had pushed litter onto the floor because she was confused. I was livid.
Also, I love her to pieces, and I don't think it's separation anxiety? Because I always pet and play with her and she sleeps with me and sits with me at the computer and all sorts of stuff. I don't know. I put the ad up and all, but I feel absolutely horrible and I cried and cuddled her last night after I posted that. I really DON'T want to give her away but I don't know what to do.

Alicia- Our humane society kills them after 2 months of no adoption. And all the animal rescues I had called couldn't take another cat in, cats don't get adopted much around here, people just take in the ferals that live all over the place, Pariah was the baby born to one of those feral cats, and I did at one point tame a feral cat and bring him in too, but my friend took him.
11/18/2010
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