After all the congratulations about Doodle's adoption on Friday, I have to disclose that he was returned 12 hours later. It wasn't really Doodle's fault (spoken like a proud foster Mom) - he just didn't really like the resident cat - which surprised me, because "The Bug" likes everybody!!!
What I didn't say in Friday's post, is that these people were truly perfect adopters. The kind of adopters that I wish every cat could have. Married couple with one cat - looking for a friend for their cat. The first night, they wanted Doodle to feel welcome and their own cat "Darius" to not feel too put out, so the wife slept in the marital bed with Darius, and the husband snuggled with Doodle in the guest room. (insert "Awwwww!" here) Love these people! Honestly, I think this was my first return - EVER. I do a really good job at matchmaking my own foster cats, so was really surprised that this happened.
With every adoption that involves another resident cat in the house, I go through all the typical challenges that might come up - stalking, hissing, growling, etc. I also tell them that there are "Deal Breakers" - major combat fighting, or pee'ing inappropriately. Their cat was SOOOO unhappy about Doodle's presence, he pee'd on the carpet. These people were pretty upset and I didn't want Doodle to be there where he wasn't wanted.
Could I have suggested more time? Sure. But why bother? Their cat was pee'ing on the carpet, Doodle was swiping and snarling at him. (I've never heard Doodle hiss!!)
At 3:30 today, a different adopter is coming to meet my little "Clementine". Let's hope things go better for her. I'm not as bonded with Clementine, although I love her dearly - she's been no trouble and has been the perfect little houseguest. Why do I only bond with the really bad ones? :)
Update on Clementine later....let's hope my heart holds up!