Post # 1
So, here’s the story. My best friend found a kitten yesterday on our county fairgrounds (in a beaver trap ), and he needs a home. She already has a cat, but doesn’t think she can take in a second (she’ll be out of town for the next two weeks, doesn’t think she can afford the initial vet costs right now). We already have two cats. DH is a softy and has talked about getting another cat before, and I’m always the one saying no. But this kitten is so cute, and I can’t bear to think of him going to a shelter or something!
Would adding a third officially make us crazy cat people? How much extra work is it? (i know it would be a lot initially, this kitten is very young, although it seems he’s taking to kitten food and the litter box fine) I’m worried about how our kitties would respond – I don’t want to do anything to traumatize them (male and female, just over 1 year, both fixed, get along wonderfully)
And, here’s an obligatory pic of the cutie
Post # 3
I want everything fluffy and cute in the world too. Siiiigh.
I have two cats and they seem to run around together. Not much more “work” just a little more expensive with extra food and little.
Post # 4
Adorable! I don’t think 3 is crazy territory at all, just awesome adorable cuddle territory.
Post # 5
There is no way I would not take that little one in! Look at that face!!! lol, anyway…I don’t think it would make you a crazy cat lady, just will cost a little more in food and as long as nothing is wrong vet visits shouldn’t be bad. If our apartment allowed it, I would totally have another one (currently have two).
Post # 6
If you don’t take him, I will, lol!
Post # 7
I’ve had up to six, so I vote no, lol!
Post # 8
3 cats is a lot. And kittens are a lot of work. But you’re not crazy… yet.
Can I suggest adopting out the kitten independently (if you so choose), that way you can interview the family personally? (check w/ landlords, get a feel for their competence and cat-love)
But if you and your DH are on board, go for it! For your other cats, I recommend placing the kitten in a separate closed off cat-proof area (like a bathroom or a crate), but where they can still smell the kitten and get used to it without feeling intruded upon. Then slowly introduce them in a supervised way, until you’re comfortable letting them all hang out together. If they are not hostile towards other cats that should work great.
My cat is the one and only – she’s a HUGE lover of big dogs, will cuddle and groom our poor confused lab, but hates cats. (she’s super weird, I love it) So I get my crazy cat lady fix at the kennel I work at and at the shelter. 🙂
Post # 9
I have three! But then, I am not much help, as I am DEFINITELY a crazy cat lady, by my own admission. Have you seen my wedding theme?
Post # 10
I think youre safe because of how adorable it is. Meow. 5+ is crazy territory by my standards. I only have one though (i hate scooping litter).
Post # 11
@SadieBee: take the kitty! (or give him/her to me) Wow! What a beauty! 🙂 ANd a third cat really isn’t any more work than a second (aside from a little more cat food, and another set of vet visits/shots/spay or neutering) For a good chunk of time my family had 3 cats (and 3 dogs O_O) The cats would all just chill with each other and occassionally lord over the dogs. Aside from more love and more cuddles, there wasn’t a big impact. 🙂
Post # 12
I’m going to say “maybe” on the crazy cat people part and I have never had any other pet beside a cat.
How many sq. feet you have will probably answer the question for you.
If you’re living in an 800 SF apartment, then going from about 400 SF per cat to 266? Yeah, that’s a bit on the crazy side. If you’re in a house with much more space, then it doesn’t necessarily make you not crazy, but it certainly is more practical.
Post # 13
The official rule is that you have to be single, over the age of 45 and have at least 9 cats to be a crazy cat lady…
Post # 14
@SadieBee: nah! threes a nice little furry quiver. 5 or up and yeah, that’s a little CRAZAY 🙂 very cute!
Post # 15
Nah….3 cats won’t put you into crazy territory. It might take a period of adjustment when you bring the kitten home, but as long as you introduce the cats slowly it should be ok.
When I moved in with my hubby he had two cats (and a dog) and I had one cat. It took about 2 weeks for things to settle down between the cats, but after that they co-existed fine in the house. 🙂
Post # 16
Well, update – now DH is being the hard-liner! He thinks three would be too much, especially as we’re planning to move cross-country in the next year : I guess we’ll see – I think my friend is softening to the idea of keeping him though. She’s already picked out a name she likes for him (Neeko). So if she keeps him, at least I’ll still get to cuddle him and he’ll have a good home.