Forgive me this is going to be a little long and I’m not really sure if this is the right thread, but I’m hoping for some unbiased advice from people who know rescue cats. Hopefully you won’t judge me too horribly.
Last week I adopted an adorable black 2 year old girl named Maribelle from my local shelter. Now, normally I’m a “dog person” in that I always saw myself having a dog and I generally like the temperament of a dog better. I was initially hoping to get a dog when I graduate college (though I live by myself now) in May. However, for some reason, I really liked Maribelle, ended up putting in an application, and was accepted to adopted her.
Currently, my apartment has had some major issues that has me living out of a hotel for the past couple weeks. The renovations are finally supposed to start this Friday after moving into the hotel 3 weeks ago. As a result, I have been keeping my new cat at my ex boyfriend’s place because he offered and he already has two cats (though Maribelle stayed in a different room than his cats) so he knows how to take care of them. On top of this, I am graduating college in a couple months and am moving several hours away into corporate housing for 6 months, which I am unsure allows pets. After the 6 months, I will be working a permanent sales job that could have me spending some nights away from my apartment which could work with a cat, but definitely not with a dog. But, after being on the fence all week about it, I ended up returning her to the shelter this afternoon.
However, now I feel absolutely terrible and miss her greatly. I know the situation with my ex is not appropriate and I know the future with my new job might be unknown so I thought it was the right decision to give her up. But at the same time I know I’m a great pet owner and I don’t know anyone who would love their pet more than I would. So I’m not sure what to do. I want to go back and get her, but I’m not sure if that’s what’s best for both of us. I’m trying to make the best decision.