“I am sooooo ready for a little bundle of fur to keep me company… especially because my FI games all the time and I end up being a big lonely couch potato. I want a cuddle buddy and – maybe even more than that – I want something to take care of.”
You just described my life, lol. I am a proud owner of two Persian cats and love them insanely. I first became a cat owner through my ex-husband and I realized after that I love animals more than I love most humans. It’s an addiction. In my case, I think all my maternal instincts go to them in the absence of kids and being 35, so I admit I l’m obsessed with them a bit too much, but seriously they bring so much joy to the life of someone who’s ready to take on a little responsibility.
So here’s my (trying to be ) objective analysis. Cons:
– Be prepared for hair on clothes, puke on carpet, dragged cat litter across floor, ocassional diarrhea incidents, and ripped furniture. Just like having messy babies crawling around 🙂
– Need someone to take care them whenever you go on a trip
– Can be a source of arguments if you’re SO isn’t too fond of them
– Vet bills can add up fast, even with an insurance plan
– Their loss is emotionally really tough once they’ve become a part of your life
– Soooo much unconditional love…Just getting home to them and seeing them greet me at the door makes me day. Cuddles at night are a bonus. I sometimes stay awake just to watch them purr by my face on my pillow
– Never ending source of entertainment
– They’re adorable!
– Warm feet at night 🙂
– They console you when you’re upset or SO is being a jackass for some reason
– Easier to take care of than a dog
– If you adopt from a shelter or rescue, you save a life
Sounds like you’re ready for the responsibility, so I think you’d find it a very rewarding experience overall. The only people I don’t advise to get pets are ones that are not ready to put in the effort.