So, Teddy aka Couscous is staying. Yep, we foster failed AGAIN. This news will probably not shock anyone who knows me or has ever visited this blog.
My track record with fostering cats (not to mention dogs and rabbits) is not great. I’m hardwired for foster failure; I pretty much fall in love with any animal that is in my house for more than five minutes and if they stay overnight, forget about it. Sleepovers are hard for me- I get attached.
Rosie is still not convinced that Teddy is a keeper. We are taking things slowly with a goal of peaceful coexistence. They will now eat in the same room without drama, but when the food is gone so is the love. Rosie is being a mean girl and Teddy backs down (which is hysterical because he’s HUGE and she’s not).
Fortunately Teddy and Ruby have a budding friendship. Even though he is not quite sure what she is – weird cat or space alien – Teddy loves Ruby and happy chirps whenever he sees her. He also thinks her tail is a feather toy and her fluffiness makes a very nice pillow. On Ruby’s part, another cat means more cat food to steal. All good.
If you want to know how NOT to fail at fostering, you can read my previous post here. Though none of these things actually worked so let’s move on.
6 Reasons We Foster Failed AGAIN
1 Teddy has a giant head and a teeny-tiny meow. Think Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz only a real cat and not a man in a cat suit.
2. Teddy is about the same size as Ruby and sometimes acts more dog-like than she does. He’s a hybrid cat and dog. It’s like having the second dog we always wanted only couldn’t have because Ruby is iffy around other dogs and prefers cats.
3. Teddy is easy to please and eats anything. Rosie is a picky eater. She’s like a toddler spitting out her vegetables. Only she doesn’t spit her food out, she ignores it or pushes it off the table onto Ruby’s head.
4. Teddy has an adorable and kind of artsy splotch on his nose. I think he is secretly a painter or maybe Picasso in a previous life.
5. Teddy likes to spoon. I’m not sure who initiated this couch potato cuddle (above), but it pretty much sealed the foster failure deal.
6. Teddy did this (watch video below) within his first five minutes at our house. Any cat that can tuck himself in under a blanket should definitely stay with us forever. This is a useful life skill because we live in the Midwest and it gets really cold here – and there are only so many heat vents in our house and Rosie is probably not going to want to share.
Truthfully, anything with fur or paws has me at meow, ruff, or thump (bunny speak). What seals the adoption deal for you? Those little things or moments that make your head explode in cuteness and your heart scream, “ He MUST stay with me forever.”
But seriously …fostering a cat or dog is a really BIG deal and one of the most important things you can do to help homeless pets in your community. When you foster a cat or dog from a shelter, you literally make room for another one to be saved. And while there are worse things than failing at fostering, keeping every foster pet kind of defeats the purpose. You eventually, and probably pretty quickly, run out of space. It’s a glass half-empty or half-full thing. You are giving an animal a home BUT you might not have room to foster another one. We haven’t fostered in awhile because I failed too many times and we ran out of space. I know this on a rational level but I’m not always (ever) rational when it comes to animals.
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