August 15, 2006


Does your home ever seem insufficiently fuzzy?

Do you long to be lovingly chewed on by tiny fangs?

Do you have allergies and a masochistic streak?

Do you worry that the dust bunnies under your bed don't get pounced on often enough?

In short, are you suffering from a shortage of cat?

This is, depending on how you see it, either an offer or a request. I'm moving in a week and a half, into a co-op in which I officially cannot keep my cat Peanut (more on the move later). Unofficially is another matter, and once I've gotten to know my housemates a little bit I hope to wheedle them into letting her stay. But for the meantime and in case my wheedling doesn't work, I need to find her a temporary home. The period is anywhere from a couple of weeks (if my wheedling works very well indeed) to five months (if it doesn't work at all).

I think most of you are well familiar with Peanut. She's that round grey pillow that hangs around my living room and occasionally runs jingling through the house on comically fat fuzzy legs. She's not to be confused with Bella, who will take your hand off if you try to touch her. Peanut's most violent reaction to unwelcome contact is to stare glumly at you and try to droop her way to freedom. She's extremely sweet and takes a generally laissez-faire approach to things like doors and people, making her an easy cat to deal with. The only real inconvenience she presents is that, being quite fluffy, she's guaranteed to set off your allergies if you have any. If anyone is willing to take that risk and give her a home, I'll gladly reimburse that person for food, litter, and of course any vet bills that come up.

Can you really say no to this face?

Or this one?

Posted by dianna at August 15, 2006 12:26 AM

The best response I've gotten to this so far, from my co-worker Bridget:

"I'd love to, but I can't for two reasons. One, I'm not allowed to have a cat in my apartment, and two, I already have one."

Posted by: Dianna at August 15, 2006 02:06 PM

Heh. I'd love to take her, but I'm not sure about the postage to ship her cross-country. Unless you can sneak her in the envelope with your next move in Correspondence Chess.

Posted by: Zach S. at August 15, 2006 03:38 PM

Hmm, yes. I think that could be difficult, seeing as -- I don't know if you can tell this from the picture -- she's the least flat cat I've ever personally met. Now, remove the L, and that's a whole different ballgame.

Posted by: Dianna at August 15, 2006 08:54 PM

While we're discussing Peanut's specs, what's the fur-to-kitty ratio there? My parents have a Persian that's about 90% fur. She's got the biggest volume of all of their cats when her hair's grown out, but she's the tiniest of our kitties when she's shaved.

Posted by: Zach S. at August 15, 2006 09:26 PM

I'm going through the same thing with my morbidly obese orange fuzzy. "Buddy" (formerly known as "Evil", but that was a misnomer) ended up in my care through a series of random events, and I can't keep him at my own house because I promised a roomate I'd get rid of him. So he's staying with my boyfriend, instead. The problem is that he has a month to six weeks until he wears out his welcome.

I actually went so far as to put up a profile on Catster though - - maybe you could find someone in your area with room for one more cat?

Posted by: jillian at August 16, 2006 10:04 AM