One of the hardest parts of preparing for our move has been trying to find a new home for our beloved cat Tybalt.
When Andy and I first moved in together, we lived in an apartment. Although I have always considered myself more of a dog person, I am at heart a pet person. I had never lived without a dog and/or a cat in my home. In February 2003, we went to the animal shelter and adopted a 6 month old, scrawny, orange and white kitten. We named him after Tybalt, Prince of Cats from Romeo and Juliet. And he has been in our lives since then.
In early 2014, the vet heard a heart murmur at Tybalt’s annual exam. After subsequent testing and a consult with a veterinary cardiologist, he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease. We are able to treat this with two daily medicines and as long as he’s receiving this treatment, he should be able to live a fairly long and otherwise healthy life.
When this opportunity to move to Switzerland came up, we initially planned to bring Tybalt with us, but the vet suggested that might not be the best plan for him. Tybalt has always been anxious in the carrier, in the car, and at the vet. With the added complication of his heart condition, there is some serious concern over whether or not he could survive the trip.
The vet suggested that we find a new home for Tybalt here, before we move.
We had been asking around, without much luck. In the back of my mind, I always thought that we would just bring Tybalt with us if we couldn’t find him a home. I thought it would be better for him to have a home with us in Switzerland, provided he survived the flight, than to be surrendered to an animal shelter, where an older pet has a low chance of adoption.
Unfortunately, the temporary housing that my husband’s work is providing to us does not allow pets (even though we listed that as one of our requirements). Now we’re moving next month and absolutely have to find a new home for Tybalt because he would not have a home with us after we move.
I’m panicking. I’m heartbroken. I’m so worried, and I feel like I’m letting him down.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in adopting this lovely cat, please let me know. We’re located in Central Illinois right now, but we would be able to transport him via car (we obviously need to avoid air travel).