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Should I Adopt?

By Dr. Andrew Jones

Dr Jones feels that something is missing in his life. Then he gets a phone call. Should he or shouldn’t he…?

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Topics: Cat Care, Personal, Pet Care | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Should I Adopt?”

  1. Avatar Glori Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Dr. Jones,

    Adopting an older pet with health issues shows the depth that humans can show love and compassion for our companion animals. As the Cat Supervisor at our fledgling shelter in north central Arkansas (Have A Heart Pet Shelter), I am very aware that younger cats and dogs are more adoptable but older pets have great qualities too. Someone adopting a pet may not want a puppy or kitten running around getting underfoot and still learning bathroom habits, lol. I am fostering an older cat right now (5+ yrs we think, DLH calico with neat split coloring on her face: one side is orange & the other is black). I’m giving her love and time to get her fur to grow back from fur matts and a bad flea infestation when she was found. When she’s ready for adoption, I hope someone will adopt her even though she is older. I think you will enjoy having this new furbaby in your household – go for it! =^_^=


  2. Avatar Vanessa Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Murray looks already settled in and content. I believe he has found his forever home. And what a good home he chose. Vanessa

  3. Avatar Anne Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Dear Dr. Jones,

    Monkey is a beautiful cat to welcome into your home 🙂 I couldn’t live without a cat and I have 3 females (same litter, 5 yrs old). Monkey seems a little overweight, isn’t he? Maybe that’s why he ended up with diabetes. He is an older cat, so what? I would also have welcomed him in my home even if he needs particular care. As long as the financial means required to care for an older and somewhat sick animal are available, why not care for them older furry citizens? 🙂 I know I would and… actually… I do have 2 old dogs (Black lab Mali 15 yrs + 3 months and her “pup” Tux, 12 yrs + 9 months). Mali just got a wheelchair because her hind legs are about to let go sometime I hope not to soon and the same apparatus will also fit Tux when and if this time comes for him too. As long as they eat well (Labs can do that pretty easily so, if they do not eat, something’s definitely wrong), drink well, pee and poop (even poop in the house 50% of the time in Mali’s case and thank God it’s solid), are alert, pain-free (even if they have discomforts here and there – I too have discomforts and God forbids someone coming to me wanting to euthanize me, no way Charlie!!). You know, as long as I can care for them, putting them in the wheelchair, going out and taking them out of it coming back in the house and picking up poop, scratching Mali because she cannot do it anymore. You know what I mean, caring for a sweet, loyal, adorable, naturally supplemented oldie’s goldie mutiplied by 2 or more, I will do my best for them until the time comes to say goodbye and, ready or not, have my heart torn apart in the process. But after them will come 2 labradors, simply because we know the breed so much and love their high level of energy and everything that comes with this breed :). Plus: we already got the wheelchair if need be. To end my message: I congratulate you for adopting Monkey and I thank you for Monkey. And as you already said in the courses I still take with you, since he will only eat wet food, kidney disease will come way later in his life, if it presents itself at all… So have a good new life amongst loving and really caring people Monkey !

  4. Avatar Barbara Dennis Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Since Diabetes is curable with a change in diet and alternative care, your skills will be great for helping the cat regain its health. Check out the books on Diabetes reversal in humans and see how you can adapt those protocols for your new family member. For your humans’ their books show that the meds are very bad for humans and pets alike. Dr.Neal Barnard, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Dean Ornish, and the list goes on for pages. Check out the docu-series running right now for free: https://go.ithriveseries.com/episode-7-live-xzp9zvdf?utm_campaign=Episode7+E3&utm_source=Email-Episodes&utm_medium=Email
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    Congratulations on your new family member!

  5. Avatar lynne mikkelsen Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I love you Dr Jones Go for it!!!! This is a beautiful kitty and very lucky to have met you and I think he would be a blessing to your home thank you for being just the most genuine kind loving person you are Monkey kisses for your new friend

  6. Avatar Jean B Burkhardt Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I think Monkey would fit into your family just fine and since you are an expect in animal health-managing his diabetes should be no problem at all. He’s a gorgeous boy who deserves such a loving home and so many people don’t adopt older pets so it’s awesome for you! Thank you!

  7. Avatar Lara Litterer Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Words can not express how deeply touched my heart is to see that a person so well fit for an animal adoption and with soooo much to offer has opened their home/family/practice/self to the care of an aging pet (and health needy to boot). May God Bless each person who gives these lost souls a second chance at love!!!

  8. Avatar Doctor Y. Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Cheers Doctor Jones. =)

    Congrats on your new pet. You know what they say when it comes to cats. If you feed them, it’s yours.

    All the best,
    Dr. G.Y.

  9. Avatar Joy Anderson Says:
    November 22nd, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Take a look at the smile on your face while you are holding the kitty — I do believe you have your answer.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

  10. Avatar Susan M. Bissell Says:
    November 26th, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I know a lot depends on your wife and family on how many pets you can have in any one household. Watching you with Monkey (or you can shorten his name to Monk) you are already smitten. With you being a vet, Monkey is in good hands, he will get great care for his diabetes, you will always be on top of his any health problems he will ever encounter.

  11. Avatar Denise Hatfield Says:
    November 29th, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Congratulations! What a lucky boy! He sure found the right home!


Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM