Thursday, March 16, 2006

An open letter

The fun thing about blogging is that reality can be adjusted bit to fit the story best. The people who know Moses know that this blog is usally a few days or even weeks behind reality.

The situation is this.

Moses has long recovered from his original trip to the vet. he is past his incontanance, and has demonstrated the ability to control.

He has however, for the last few months, started urinating all over the house. I mean, ALL over. Every room, on cloths, on appliances, the vacume cleaner, the amplifier, coats. He has not used his litter box at all in the last month.

We have tried for months to help him, to train him, with the advice of books and doctors (and yes 5-Cat, we tried google too). We have spent hundreds of dollars in vet bills and cleaning trying to correct this.

We don't think this is jealousy either. Moses gets on surprisingly well with the baby, and this behaviour preceeds her birth. But the Baby is the problem. We will not have her rolling and crawling around a house (not a room, a house) soaked in cat urine.

That means Moses has to go.

We have an aquaitnance who used to raise horses. She's long since retired, but her barn stilll remains, and is home to several cats. Moses moved into this barn on Tuesday. He gets stinky goodness every day and lots of crunchyfood.

Understand, we agree with all of you. Pets are not disposable. It would have been cruel to leave moses just out of the house, at the mercy of the ally cats around (Bibs and Graymalkin ARE real), and exposed in the elements. A new home was the only choice left.

We cried as we drove Moses to his new home, and cried as we drove home without him. We mourn the fact taht we may not be able to have another cat in this house. I've never lived without one.

We ended Moses' online story on what we hoped was a high note. I intended this blog to go on for years, but with the cat gone, it would be too painful to continue to write every day. Moses may still post ocasionally on Catnip Annonymous and the attack of teh tabbies. he may even post here once in awhile, but this blog as a daily project is sadly over. We can not tell you what it means to us that Moses found so many friends in teh blogsphere. We never imagined he would have this many visitors, or so many others saddened with us at his departure.

Moses is no longer with us, but he is alive, and has a chance to be happy, to make new friends....and of course to raise up a new army to take over the world.

Matthew Skelly,
Moses' dad.


Blogger The Meezers said...

I understand your position and concerns, and I understand your grief. We will pray through our tears that Moses will have a good life and find happiness in his new home. My heart still breaks for all of you.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Beau (and mom) said...

I too understand your predicament and know it was a hard decision to make. However, he is an indoor cat and relegating him to a BARN, is NOT a good solution (although better than being totally abandoned). I wish you could find someone that would let him live inside. Please let us know how he's doing.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I'm very sorry for all of you. I know that must have been extremely difficult for you.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Ohhhh Mosie. I am so sad for you and I am so sad for your people. I hope life goes well for you and that we hear from you from time to time.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Edsel/The Pooch said...

we're sorry it had to come to this. my Mom had a cat once that had to go away because of the same problem. they tried everything, just everything. we will pray that Moses will be happy at his new place. we hope that people will be friendly with him, as he is used to having them around.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Finnegan & Buddy said...

Dear Matthew & family,

Thank you for letting us know what is going on with Moses. I know that you all did everything you could to make the situation work and that it was so hard for you to take Moses to his new home. It sounds like he will be happy there and maybe you will be able to visit him. Best wishes for all of you, please keep us updated on the blurpy one too!

Finny & Buddy's mom Nora

1:52 PM  
Blogger Boni said...

We're glad Moses got a new home where he can have stinky goodness and lots of crunchies! Mom had to give two kitties to a lady with a barn once cuz of the same problem. Some kitties just won't use the box. I don't understand that tho, unless the box is never cleaned or something and I'm sure yall didn't do that. We'll say lots of purrayers for Moses to be happy in his new home and for yall to be happy to and efurrybody be ok and safe.
(and Sanjee and Mini too)

2:23 PM  
Blogger Patches & Mittens said...

This is so sad. WE wish Moses the best. WE hope he is warm and happy. WE hope he understands.

We three girls hang our heads in sadness. WE all know the feeling of not being loved. Mistrie knows the feeling of being outside, cold and alone. We just hope.......that is all.....

2:56 PM  
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3:30 PM  
Blogger Patches & Mittens said...

We are doing a special tribute to Moses tomorrow on our blog.......

Such a sad time........

3:51 PM  
Blogger Derby said...

Bye Moses, you will be missed. Have fun at your new home. I hope you will adjust and find love. Your mum and dad will miss you too. Even the burpy thing will miss you.

Take care.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous David E. Francis said...


Thank you for taking the time to explain the situation to us all. I'm very sad that it had to come to this; but, I do agree that your child comes first. I know that I wouldn't want *any* child of mine to constantly be exposed to waste.

I hope that Moses can adjust and be happy in his new life. I will miss his blog.

It seems obvious that this, (getting rid of Moses), was a hard and difficult decision for you and your wife. I wish you, your wife, and the baby a happy life as well.


8:19 PM  
Anonymous Beau said...

Moses, I did a tribute on my blog today, and several others plan to as well. So I hope you get to read them. Maybe your was dad can print them and send them to you. Know I always have your back and if this new place doesn't work contact me and I'll help you. Take care. Buddy and Finny are having a party tomorrow. Hope you can come!

9:35 PM  
Blogger =^..^= said...

Oh dear... I'm deeply sorry it had to come to this. Giving up a beloved pet has got to be one of the most painful things to do. I hope Moses will be deeply loved where he is. May he always be happy and comfortable. And I look forward to hearing from him again.

~5-Cat Style

9:50 PM  
Blogger Max said...

If there wasn't a new baby to consider, I'd be ripping you a new one. But yes, the baby comes first, and you can't have a cat peeing all over everything all the time with a little person in the house. Sooner or later she's going to be mobile (later than you'd hope, sooner than you can believe...) and pee-covered everything is not conducive to a healthy child.

Look, the rest of us can be judgemental as hell, but we're not living in your situation right now. *I* know, deep down, that you wouldn't give Moses up if there was a better way, and you wouldn't place him somewhere he'd be miserable. I'm very sorry you had to come to that decision, but you had to do what was best for the baby.

Most of us understand, and really feel for you. Thank you for letting us know what was going on, I know that wasn't easy, either.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Gigolo Kitty said...

I'm sorry to hear about Moses but I understand. He was the first cat I met in the blogosphere. As soon as Blogger gets it's head out of its a** and lets me have access again (I have not had access all day), I'll be posting a goodbye to him. I hope you will still be seeing him sometimes.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Matthew, it must have been so hard for you guys to give Moses up :( I can't imagine it. He'll be a really good moucer (if that's how you spell it) the next time you see him ;) Barn cats are cute cats! I think he'll get along well with the others...he's a tough guy!
Make sure to buy one of those black lights if you haven't already...that way there's no spot left in the corners of the carpet for you little one to find. I wish you guys well and be sure to say hello every now and then!

<3, Jenn (and Timothy)

1:27 AM  
Blogger brandi said...

Oh, Moses. This is Brandi's mom. You have one of the first kitty blogs I read on the web, besides Max and Buddah. I read about your leaving and just cried and cried. Do I dare tell sweet Brandi?? I know you are still alive, but you are not an outdoor cat, and I worry for you. I hope we get to hear from you from time to time, and that you adjust to your new home. Sometimes it takes a long while, I know, but stay safe and please don't run away.I will certainly keep you in my special prayers. Carol, Brandi's mom.

10:51 AM  
Blogger The Meezers said...

Matt, if you wish, please go to our blog profile and contact me via email. If you find that this does not work out for Moses, and you feel comfortable contacting me, I would like to help out.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Badness said...

This is Badness Mother, Bridgett.

I am so sorry to hear about Moses. No one can fault you for the decision you made. You certainly did your best to solve the situation. The baby does come first. And Moses will adjust to his new home.

My heart is breaking for you because I understand how you feel. I had to make the same difficult choice. But don't give up on kitties in the house. The best thing for a child to grow up with is pets. Your babies life will be enriched by kitties in the house.

Bridgett and Co.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Kukka-Maria said...

What a difficult decision that must have been! Our hearts go out to you in this time of transition.

As much as some may think you put your own needs before Moses, I think it's the opposite. My belief is that Moses loves you a lot and wouldn't want to put you, the new baby, or himself through such a stressful situation around his health.

I am glad to know he will have another chance at a good life. Being in the garage--just feet away from those he loves, would be a tough, tough existance.

Thanks for the good reads and best to you and the new family!

2:00 PM  
Blogger PrincessMia said...

Bye sweet Moses. I hope you like your new place. We'll miss you.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Magoo, Smudge, Bella & Dolce said...

Farewell dear friend. We were made better by knowing you and lessened by your parting. You still know how to teleport, so if you ever want to come visit, we will leave an open spot on top of the cat tree for you.


2:40 PM  
Blogger Chatham said...

I am sad . . .and my Cat Couch has wet eyes, too. I hope that Moses gets to be an inside cat again. Maybe he can go live with the Meezers if the barn doesn't work out.

4:30 PM  
Blogger lambj said...

I don't know what to say. It's all been said. I think you've made the right choice for yourselves and Moses. I hope when you are ready, you will get another cat. I've known people who would have simply had him put to sleep. At least you've tried to find a better home for him.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Beau Beau & Angie said...

We are newbies to the cat blogging community but reading about Moses makes us feel so sad. It is truly such a hard decision to make but you had to make the best one for you and Moses. You gave him a chance at life and we think he will adapt to his life being a great mouser. Don't give up on getting another warm and fuzzy kitty. It'll take time to heal then you'll wonder what took you so long. Our best heartfelt wishes to Moses, you and your family.
BeauBeau & Angie and their Mom

7:51 PM  
Blogger Eponine's Cowboy said...

My Eponine, I think, for years thought the world was a painting, only seeing it from a window. As we moved to a home and had a yard, she loved to explore and wander. I think Moses will enjoy too!

Tough times require tough decisions. I offer much empathy and encouragement as you make those decisions and wish Moses and your family the best.

Thanks for sharing Moses

4:01 PM  
Blogger one of us said...

Dear Moses Kitty's Family,

Our condolences on your hard choice. Our Mom knows how you feel and how horrible a decision like that is. When our Dad was stationed in Hawaii, Mom had to find new homes for her two babies (poodies) and cried and cried and felt guilty for years even though they went a good home.

Mom and Dad had a new Kinsey kitten and couldn't afford the $1500.00 it would have been to pay for the quarantine that was required then. Now, thank goodness, the laws have been changed if your pet has the right vacination record the quarentine is no longer required. Many pets and people were happy.

Hopefully Moses will adjust just fine; if not maybe the Meezer's Mom can help out. Keep in touch with Moses and all of us.

~Poiland Tribe and Mom and Kinsey kitten

3:41 AM  
Blogger Tyler & Jagger said...

Our hearts are breaking for have to leave his "forever" home. But we too understand the situation. If you ever visit Moses, please keep us updated and give him a big kitty kiss from all of us!!!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Buzzerbee & meep said...

We don't know what to say; everyone before us has done such a wonderful job. We wish Moses the best in his new home & we wish his people peace in their very difficult decision.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Taz n Angel said...

We don't have a real baby, just our furbabies, so we have the "luxury" of being able to have a bit more time to figure out why Angel does the same thing. We are fortunate for that and for the fact that she has chosen only one spot, on the carpet that needed replacement anyhow, and that underneath it is our 20's era period original hardwood, if it is not already stained and saturated beyond repair. Yes, we'll have to replace the carpet, but are still looking for the same answers you did for Moses.

I have been told however (though we always thought her problem was mostly neurotic as she has often been a very "needy" kitty) that its possible Angel has colitis. We'll spend the money to find out for sure as there is treatment available, but I'm told one of the first signs is improper or negligent litter box use (or lack thereof)

As much as I hate for her to have an illness, its a bit more comforting than thinking that she's just neurotic and we'll always have to deal with this behavior, as an illness could be helped, while being neurotic is hard to fix. Since she uses no other spot than this one, we are at least comforted to know that if we remove the carpet, cleaning up will be much easier if she continues to use the same spot, carpet free. I hope its an issue we can solve, but I've often sensed that Angel is not a kitty that will be with us long, because of her issues. She's never been really "sick" but she never seems "well" emotionally and otherwise, and I do worry about losing her early and what happened to her in her short life before we got her that brought her to this point.

So my heart really does go out to you because we are going through the same thing, except that we are lucky she only uses one area, not the entire house, and there is a chance that we can fix the problem, and no babies are involved.

I don't know what I'd' do in your situation, so I certainly can't judge or comment on that. We visit with the farm cats on hubby's parents farm every time we go there and its always a joy, they still have all the personality and love that a house cat has, just a few more difficulties and a shorter life span. And its always sad to go and learn that one has left for the bridge and beyond. Its a totally different lifestyle and I hope he'll adjust well and find happiness there. I do especially hope though that if someone is serioulsy offering to take him into their home that it would work out well that way as well.

I just don't know what I'd do. I think I'd never recover to lose one of my babies, they are the world to me, because I could not have real babies. So for me it would be much more difficult to do, but always my real child would come first as well. No solution will ever be perfect, because it will always mean you had to say goodbye to Moses and I know how broken hearted you must be.

Please Moses, be okay, feel the love all your kitty friends and beans are sending you and know how much people are thinking of you...

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Blogger Valderbar de Cat said...

I'm sorry to hear about your hard decision. Thanks for sharing Max with us.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Chatham said...

I can't help but wonder how Moses is doing ... please give us an update!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Oreo said...

How are you all doing? I miss hearing from you.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Patches & Mittens said...

Yes, an update would be nice!!

10:55 PM  
Blogger brandi said...

Please give us an update on Moses??? We miss him!

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Blogger K T Cat said...

I know I'm a year late to the story, but great solution! All of my cats have been given a permanently open cat door so they can live and die like cats. A barn is a great place for the little, furry predators. Lots of mousies and strange insects to pounce on and eat and a bunch of kitty friends, too! I'm sorry you had to say goodbye, but at least it wasn't with a needle going into the cat's neck in a vet's office.

By the way, you've got a lot more patience than I would have had. I would have lasted about two days. Cat urine in the house is unacceptable.

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