Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Where there is a Will...


For some days now, I've been researching various alternatives for the furry friends should something happen to me. Why? Because my Will is out-of-date. The first, drafted almost eighteen years ago, left my three cats to a single friend then living in Florida. That friend, now happily married and living abroad, can no longer take them. Additionally, no-one else here can either, it seems.

 All of my animal-loving friends have no room, my nearest cousin has three dogs and there is no other individual I would trust with with them. Though animal charities exist and some offer lifetime care, these options can be expensive. The thought of two elderly felines languishing in a cage, their fates uncertain, fills me with both dread and indescribable guilt. Because of their ages, they would likely end up euthanized. Their vet has said they can come to the neighborhood cat hospital while efforts are made to re-home them, but there is no guarantee that this will occur.

Add to this that both of these cats adore me and have been unstinting in their affection, guarding, playing and sleeping not with but on my person, and I am as upset at the possibility of leaving them without a home as I am at the prospect of either predeceasing me, a far more likely scenario. I have been chastised for overthinking this, but Wills bring up all sorts of issues and emotions, so how does one avoid that trap?

Apart from animal anxiety, hormonal changes and night sweats have been disrupting my beauty sleep to the point that even my nocturnal kitty committee are annoyed. The alternatives there aren't appealing, either.

Until Next Time...


15 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

It really isn't easy.
My mother's cat couldn't come to us, because it HATED other cats, and we have two. No-one else in the family would even consider it. Our local animal shelter agreed to take her in for a relatively small donation. The deal was that she would NOT be euthenased. One of their staff fell in love with her. She now has her second forever home. And I am so relieved.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

When I moved to Germany I had to make the emotionally painful decision to give my beloved cat to another family (Germany is strict on importing pets). I miss her to this day...

e said...

That is wonderful -- for her especially and for you. I so understand that desire for relief!

Martha said...

This is a perfectly normal thing to worry about. Our pets are part of the family and it's stressful thinking about them being suddenly homeless should something happen to us. I hope you come up with a plan that will give you peace of mind.

Your cats are so cute! I have a black cat that looks just like yours. Same face!

Birdie said...

I wish more people were responsible enough to think this way about their pets.

Linda said...

I think you are a very kind and responsible cat owner and it is common to be concerned about this! Your photos are lovely. Bless your heart!

the walking man said...

Personally e I think I will go with the outliving my current moose. Barring that I will simply write a codicil in the will that if one of my inheritors won't take her in permanently...everything gets sold and all monies go for her care. My estate may not be huge but I am certain at least one of my kids will want their child to get the 1/3.

e said...

I'm sorry you experienced this loss. I hope that she is in a good home and that you are enjoying your time in Germany.

e said...

Phoebe will be delighted to know she has a twin! Thanks for your kind words.

e said...

I agree. I hope you have a good weekend, Birdie.

e said...

Thanks so much for your comments, Linda. They really are lovely creatures and I feel that I owe them the chance of a second home should I not be here.

e said...

Good thinking on your part, Walking Man. I have no inheritors other than cousins I rarely see and they are not included in my documents.

A Cuban In London said...

I understand your concern and hope you find a solution. It's not easy.

Greetings from London.

Shaheen said...

e, I don't know what to say. I don't have any pets as of yet (or children), and do not have a will. I have to admit though, recently I have been thinking about death and what would happen if something happened to me or my husband, the reality has actually hit me quite hard recently. Its a hard one to comment on, but I am thinking of you and you will do what is best.

The Happy Whisk said...

Sorry you are having aniexty, e. It's understandable though. I hope you find someone to leave them with.