At the moment I am looking after my family pet, well my "younger sister's cat" called Mischief. He's a gorgeous long haired semi-tabby, very good natured except for when I have unfamiliar friends over; he gets jealous as it appears he wants all my attention to himself.
I've had him for over a half a year now and neither myself or my boyfriend who never liked cats before can imagine being without him.After six months my sister wants to take him to live we her, but no one thinks its a good idea for many reasons.
1. We love him to bits and are emotionally attached to him after two months turned to six. So, I will be very upset if she takes him.
2. My sister has had no hand in looking after him these past six months, she had not given us money for food, toys or litter. Originally she had promised to do so, but later claimed to have no money. I worry she won't have money to buy his food.
3. She doesn't even come to visit him by her own freewill, I have to ring her to tell her she hasn't. Over the past six months she has seen him maybe four times. (I live a half an hour walk from her place.) The last time she saw him was two months ago.
4. Mischief suffers from stress related illnesses. While my sister's place is bigger, she tends to have a lot of people over at once, which makes him really nervous as he does not like strangers.
5. He requires a lot of attention for a cat to keep him stress free. My sister lives with her boyfriend, and another couple. The other couple do not like cats so won't give him attention, my sister and her boyfriend work a lot of hours and are rarely at home as they like to go out. If they are at home they have people over.
5. She's never actually looked after him despite being the one who wanted him when we still lived in our family home. My Mom looked after him, eventually I started to look after him (he even slept on my bed), then I moved out and my Mom began looking after him again. I then took him when my Mom moved and refused to take him with her. I've been looking after him since. My sister has actually never had to fed him, clean his litter or take him to the vet. Even when he didn't live with me I took responsibility for bringing him to the vet.
Overall I fear my sister will neglect him. That she will fail to feed him, or the opposite side feed him too much in hopes he'll go away and stop meowing. He likes to talk as he is a very social cat and can be mistaken for "I'm hungry" meows. Being social he likes company, but doesn't like big crowds... actually he prefers female company for some strange reason. He needs looks of attention as he is not the typical playful cat, he likes sitting on your lap and being pampered with his grooming brush and occasionally likes playing chasing. Over all I worry she will ignore him and leave the responsibility of looking after him to her boyfriend.