I've been struggling to think what is best for our old boy, and am so conflicted.
Bit of background...
Around a year ago we had a cat appear on our doorstep, and the moment I opened the door he sauntered in and settled himself on the couch. He's still here lol.
We already had a cat, a boy (no bits!) who had been hand reared. He's partly siamese, so a bit of a prima donna. The intruder took one look at our boy(Gizmo) and went for him big time.
Anyway, the intruder (Wombat as he's now called) was well fed so had an owner, but he wouldn't leave. We did a letterbox drop, signs around the area, and took him to the vet down the road. He had no microchip, and a notice was put up there, but he was never claimed. The vet said he is around 13 yrs old, Russian/British Blue, but may have been a breeder as he is not desexed. He also can't be desexed now as the vet feels it would kill him. He's old, broken some teeth, and generally healthy but near the end of his road.
So we kept him, as he obviously wasn't going anywhere lol.
The problem is, he seriously wants to kill our cat Gizmo. And pretty much any other cat. Gizmo just wants therapy and valium
The boys are both indoor cats, but have to be completely seperated, so Gizmo is in while Wombat is out, and vice versa.
As Wombat can't be desexed he is reacting to Gizmos prescence inside by spraying. And Gizmo has also done this once or twice, which he normally wouldn't.
Wombat is just the most cuddly, gentle lap cat who we all love, and he is extremely attached to us, especially the baby. He has a kennel filled with blankets (& hotty bottle in winter) on the deck, as he can't stay inside without peeing everywhere Gizmo has sat or slept. He wont use kitty litter as its more a territory thing.
None of us want to rehome him, but I keep bringing it up as he needs more. He needs to be with someone that has no other pets, and will allow him to live inside. His joints are old and I know he gets stiff and sore when its cold, which is often in Tas. I hate telling him no when he tries to come in when Gizmo is already in there, cats don't understand taking turns!
I keep thinking how much I want him here for his last years (last months most likely), and that he wants to be with us.
But it's not fair on him to have to sit outside all the time, and to sleep outside. I worry his joints hurt, and that he's cold. I feel like crying just writing that.
So I'm really leaning towards rehoming him. But how? He needs a special person who will adore him, and Im worried someone would just take him for his breed, as the vet said he's worth several hundred dollars. We plan on gifting him to the right person, along with several cases of his fave food, bed and bedding etc.
HTH do I find someone?