that I probably shouldn't have.
Let me just say I am a total animal lover; our cat was a stray that we took in and I'm a big softie for all the "homeless" cats at the Humane Society and PetSmart and the like. Sooo...
A friend of mine just asked me to babysit her room mate's cat for a few weeks until they can find it a new home. She and her room mate got cats together from the HS and now her room mate has decided she doesn't want to take care of the cat anymore. My friend said her uncle is willing to take the cat but her uncle is in Colorado and they can't get the cat out there until her dad comes to visit in a few weeks. She said that if I couldn't watch the cat then they'd have to take it back to the Humane Society tomorrow.
I tentatively agreed to watch the cat until she can get it out to her uncle but said if the new cat doesn't get along with me and SO's cat then we'd have to figure something else out. She was extremely grateful and even offered to pay us.
Now I'm having second thoughts. This poor kitty is going to have to come to our house, get used to the new place, get used to a new cat (not to mention my cat is going to have to adjust to another cat in the house), then fly/drive all the way out to Colorado after a few weeks. Maybe it's better for the cat just to go back to the Humane Society... what do you think?
I mentioned to my friend that the HS takes animals back that don't work out, but she said she'd feel bad taking it back now that it's used to living in a house.
Now that I've already agreed to keep the cat for a while, do you think I might as well go along with the plan? Half of the hassle for the cat is going to be coming here and getting used to my place, and I've already agreed to let her bring the cat over.
Is it better to put the cat through a little bit of an ordeal as long as it has a home, or would it be better to spare it the stress and just take it back?
Also, I'm a little confused why my friend and her room mate can't just keep the cat at their house; it's been living there with my friend's cat so I don't know why it has to go now... she assured me there's nothing "wrong" with it, but this seems a little werid.
I'm pretty torn over this. I really just want what's best for the poor kitty and to help out my friend. What would you do?
ETA: Wow, that was really long. Sorry I'm so verbose!