So I answered the ad and the lady brought the cat over. The first thing I notice that this was a big cat. The second thing I notice was that it was not a girl cat. You can't miss that this was a male cat. He had a pair on him. So, I fall in love with him instantly and we decide to keep him. The lady called me the next day asking about her cat, Jasmine. I explained to her that it was a male cat. She was shocked and asked me how I knew it was a male cat.
"How do you know he is a male cat?"
"Because he has balls."
"He does? Where?"
"Um....under his tale."
"Those round things? I thought that was matted hair and I've been trying to brush those off!"
I renamed him Shippo and he has become MY cat. He loves the dog and gets along okay with the other cat Berticus, but he is my fat, smooshie, lazy cat.
Four years later I received the following e-mail:
"Hi. I don't know if you remember me, but a couple of years ago I posted a ad on Craigslist about giving up my kitten Jasmine. You responded and I brought the cat over to you. You tole me that Jasmine was actually a boy cat. That's neat! I was wondering if you still have him. We are in an area where we can have a cat and my daughter really wanted that cat back because he was sweet and cute. If you have the cat, can we have him back? If he was given to some one else, can I have the information to the people who have him so we can ask for him back? Thank you for you help."
It took me a moment to process what I had just read. She wanted MY cat. MY cat. She actually wanted me to give her my cat, four years later. I ranted on Facebook at bit and gave it a few days to let my temper cool. I was really wanting to yell and scream at this woman for the sheer nerve. I took the advice of one of my cat rescue friends and told her that he was adopted to a loving family and the information was not for public knowledge. It wasn't technically a lie.
I responded with the following e-mail:
"Thank you for your e-mail. The cat in question has been adopted to a very loving family. Because of privacy issues, the information is not available to the public. Since it has been four years since you surrendered the cat, it is highly unlikely that you will be betting the cat back, not matter how much your daughter wants him back. Thank you and have a good day."
I thought this was the end of the conversation. Apparently, that was an acceptable response. Here is her updated e-mail:
"That is just stupid. The cat was our and we temporarily gave him away. I don't understand why we can't have him back. My daughter is really sad that you will not be more copoerated. She be crying night and day. She wanted Jasmine back and I need to get her back. Please, please, pleeeeeeese give me the information."
Seriously? She was determined. Unfortunately, she will never get my cat. Never. So here is my response to her. I was far nicer that she deserved. People practically give away cats and kittens on Craigslist, hence Shippo, so why does she want MY cat?
"You want to take the cat from the home and people HE has lived with for FOUR years because you were the bad parent and feel guilty for having to giving your daughter's cat away because you failed to ask the landlord if you could have pets before you moved? He is happy in his home and as I said, the information is not for public use. I will not share the information, because (a) I do not have the information and (b) I will not allow you to harass the people. Go to the shelter and adopt a cat or kitten there or use craigslist. There are plenty of people who give away their pets there, as you are fully aware. I am sorry that your daughter is sad, but you should never have told her that you are getting the cat. That is your failing as a parent. You should know better than try to pull this fours years later. This is my final word on the matter. Do not contact me again. If you do, I will contact the police and file harassment charges."
That was yesterday and I have not heard back. I'm hoping my threat works. We will see. What kind of parent does that though? Oh hey, you remember that orange cat we had four years ago? Yeah we are getting him back. Stupid idiot.