We have had a cat for 2 years now, but we also had a new addition to our family 10 days ago, a little healthy baby girl!
We said all through the pregnancy that we will keep the cat even though we will have a baby, as we don't think he will ever harm her, and we will keep a sharp eye on him to make sure of it.
The day we got home I had to keep shouting at him because he was nosing up into her basket were she slept, as you know the worst case cenario is he will jump in and sit on her face for warmth, resulting in sufficating the baby.
The baby also had cat fur in her mouth at one point. When he goes in his litter box, he also kicks litter out and sometimes has bits of poo and wee on his paws, and you can see his paw prints across the floor and god knows what else he jumps on.
We found a new home for him the day after we got home with the baby because we just decided he had to go. Even though when he gets used to her being around he will just leave her alone, I don't want her getting bits of litter on her or in her mouth, and I can just picture her in the litter box when she starts crawling. We have no where to put the litter box that would be out of her reach either.
He came back to us today after a week of being rehomed because the girl complained about him pining for us all night everynight. She said he was really bad and it was keeping her up, and her neighbours could also hear it. He wasn't eating, drinking or going to the toilet.
We know that if we re-home him it will be just the same and we can't bear to think of him sitting in someone else's home scared and whining for us all night, not eating or drinking anything. What if he went to a home with kids who would always pull his tail, pinch him out of evilness and do god knows what else to him?
We think it will be alot kinder to him to have him put to sleep rather than put him through the stress of re-homing yet again. It would also not be adding to the many over crowded cat shelters.
He has already had a poo since he got home, when we didnt have the baby we would just open the windows and spray a load of neutradol that would get rid of the odours, but with the baby, opening the windows will make her cold and air freshener isn't good for her. His smell fills every inch of the room after pooing and I just don't want the baby around that.
What do you think?
Am I in my rights to have a healthy animal put down because of those reasons?
I am not a cruel person and feel very mean but I think I may need to be cruel to be kind