Double Trouble

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I have a problem. These two kitties were my sister’s, and they need a home. They will be one yr. old next month. My sister had gotten them last Christmas and wanted to give me one, but my hubby said we had enough cats (he always says that).

They are just getting fixed Thursday because my sister had gotten sick and their vaccine schedule got thrown off. I have them in my care and I am already in love. My niece is trying to find them a home together, but I WANT THEM.

Their names were Chevy and Hemi, but my hubby has always driven Ford trucks so the Chevy name had to go. 🙂 I renamed them Stan and Lee like the comic book writer, Stan Lee. Then I decided on Rusty and Rudy. My hubby gave his input and said he liked those names so he is warming up to the idea even though it means we would have 14 cats.  It would be nice to have some young ones. And they are very loveable and sweet.

My worry is that right now I have a peaceful kingdom and I worry that two males could be a problem with spraying even though they will be neutered. And the added vet expenses. Right now, Emmy ‘s expenses are high ( she is worth it).

I started seeing a therapist when I reached 15 cats because I didn’t want to become a hoarder and not be able to give them proper care.  That was back in 2010 and I have continued with weekly therapy since, but here I am almost back at 15. I know these two could easily be placed because they are young, but I WANT THEM.

Sorry for all the babble. I just needed to get that out. What would you do if you were in my position?


  1. I would want them as well. It seems you have already bonded with them.

    You have a few kitties with issues health-wise, so your numbers are sure to goo down…sadly enough to even think about that 😿
    They are also a part of your sister’s memory in a way.🥰

    You could say you are fostering them…with an eventual fail. Tee-Hee!

  2. Since you are able to care for them, that is what counts rather than the number of cats. I’ve successfully introduced a lot of cats to each other. But, now we have a solitary male to introduce to the bonded litter of The Kittens. We seem to have a conflict of two neutered alpha males, but at least no one is spraying. XO

  3. Well, I think your sweet hubby probably liked all of us until we started giving opinions about these darlings, haha. But if he will come round, knowing you with your big heart, he will love them too and will have saved two sweet kitties from having no home LIKE YOURS! Maybe a little bucket fund could be started…whatever that is. And those two might be settled out with friends around as some males do not spray after neutering. Spray an anti-spray kitty product on places you value (if they spray at all). Too many words to say GO FOR IT. Love the comment about 15 and Meowing…..

    1. The spray is a good idea. Yes, my hubby won’t like all these in support of what I want. XO

  4. Well first of all those two are ADORABLE and being as they were your sister’s they would always be very special to you. The other thing is unlike many of your other kids they are young and healthy so you wouldn’t have to spend as much money with healthcare as you do with many of the others. I’m sure they are happy to be in a house with lots of other kitties. I say GO FOR IT – keep them – and let them live the happiest life they could have!

    Hugs, Pam
    p.s. I might be slightly biased (tee hee)

  5. When my MIL died we took on her cats and had almost as many as you. Four were neutered males and the others were all females. We were worried about spraying when they mixed with our male cats but never had a problem with it. I say go for it. You won’t be happy if you don’t. They need a home due to the sad circumstances of your sister, and they will also be a connection to her.

    1. Thank you. That is good to know you were able to have a peaceful pee free kingdom. XO

  6. I agree with Eric and Flynn’s mommy completely. I could have said that myself. Go with your heart.

  7. As we are at 3, I’d take them, despite anything The Hubby would say.
    But that’s me; you must weigh the quality of life for the existing cats, the new cats, and for you too!
    To me, you are not a hoarder; you’ve carefully considered every cat that you have. Hoarders just keep bringing cats and stuff in, and they do NOT get the cats fixed!
    And two ginger babies…awww!

  8. I don’t think you’re a hoarder, you’re a care giver for cats. I feel it is very commendable that you and your hubby provide a loving home for cats.

  9. Go with your heart. If you find the “perfect” home for them both together, maybe but don’t break them up. You have managed multiple cats very well. They are the final connection to your sister.

  10. Ellen bless your heart as I know it is still dealing with Vanessa’s passing. Obviously they have to be kept together and you want to honor her memory by doing the very best for them. I will send up lots of purrs that a good solution comes for everyone. Hugs

  11. Hello Ellen~~what I would do (or think I would do) is probably not what you would do or want to do. I am not qualified to give advice or an opinion.
    If Hubby is willing & you can handle 14 cats (which we KNOW you CAN!); then I figure adopt them. If you do not feel you can add 2 more Kitties in the mix for whatever reasons: your health or the costs, then I say adopt them thru a reputable Rescue.

    Ultimately only you & Hubby can decide what you feel is best. We wish you all the best & support whatever decision you make!

    {{hugs}} BellaSita Mum an **nose rubss** BellaDharma

  12. I know you want them and I’ve a feeling that the will be your kitties soon. Even your husband will say okay.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches to all the kitties including your two new ones. xo ♥

  13. Hard decision. I’d want to keep them. As for us, it wouldn’t be fair to take on a pet at this time, as they could possibly outlive us, then we or rather it would be a big problem for the animals and what ever would become of them. So hard to pass up the little darlings, though. Best luck with whatever you decide. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I have a friend in place willing to live here with all the cats if something happens to us. XO

  14. Follow your heart, Ellen… it will tell you. I would follow my heart because it has always been a reliable source of truth for me. I know you have followed your heart and you have cats that have been loved and respected to the very end… I wish that for all cats ♥ Hugs, Ellen.

  15. Sending purrayers and POTP for you to make the best choices for these kitties. I have had lots, and they get older and die, so the population is always changing. I am a poor one to offer advice. My vet says if a person can properly care for the animals, they are not a hoarder.

  16. Well, I am a veteran ginger lover, and they look like they have long hair which will grow more luxurious with time. So it would be a hard decision for me, too. However with inflation everything has gone way up. And like you said, it will mean more vet visits. What I would do is keep them until I found somebody trustworthy and loving who could afford them. This might take a while, or it may be never. This is a hard one.

  17. Sweet friend, please remember there is sentimental love and there is the love that says, “I want what is best for you, even if it hurts me.”

    In this case, you might need to put the sentimental love on the back burner, as much as it hurts, and let these two go to another great home that can care for them because that might be what is best for them.

    No matter how you decide, you are my friend and i will believe you made the best decision you could.

  18. They are so pretty. If you feel that strongly about them, I would say keep them. You can give them a wonderful life and they are special because they belonged to your sister.

  19. I nearly fell out of my chair when your husband said Chevy had to go because he’s a Ford man. lol They are darling kitties. I hope they find a good forever home, be it yours or another. I don’t understand the need for a therapist. You know where your passion lies and that’s with cats. You don’t need help with that. You have a great big ole heart! 🙂

  20. Oh, my gosh, what a difficult position to be in! My knee jerk reaction is to say, “keep them!”, of course. But I don’t know your situation/environment and how this addition will affect things. The only thing I can say is to go with your heart and do what’s best for all involved. xo

  21. I love orange tabbies, and given that they belonged to your sister, I would keep them if it were me. I see you’ve already posted that you’ve adopted them. Welcome to Rusty and Rudy!

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