(Closed) I wanna get a cat – How much work are they really?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 151
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Honey bee

UndercoverKitty007:  I’m so incredibly jealous your cat is on a billboard! OMG. I’m trying to train my cat to sit and shake for a treat- I actually just ordered a training clicker from Amazon. My husband thinks I’m nuts but he won’t when I succeed

Post # 152
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Atalanta:  That’s crazy. Looks just like my Jet!

Post # 153
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Blue Devil Golf Club

I say go for it OP! Our cat Buster is a joy to have in our home and a ham that makes us laugh daily.  Having a kitty (or 2) in your life will be wonderful : )

Post # 154
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Blue Devil Golf Club

 

Post # 155
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Blue Devil Golf Club

He wasn’t ready for his close-up, what a diva….

Post # 157
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This thread has been amazing.  Thanks everyone!

Post # 158
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

dalia88:  

We have a white cat. 

Her fur is long so if you want a long haired cat, I would suggest investing in a Furminator. 

When we go away for more than two days, we hire a pet sitter to feed our cat and play with her.

I’m told that grocery store cat food is not healthy so we buy Wellness from PetSmart. 

Our cat is fine by herself because that is what she is used to. We adopted her as a kitten. 

My husband cleans the litter box three or four times a week. 

If you don’t like cat fur all over your home, make sure that you have a good vacuum cleaner as well as a lint roller for your clothes. 

It’s always better to adopt a cat from a shelter or a breeder. Pet store cats usually come from dubious sources. If you want a purebred cat, be prepared to shell out at least $400 for your animal. 

If you adopt a kitten, the vet work up will cost $600-1000 in total depending on where you live. This will include deworming, spay/neuter, shots and declaw if you decide to go that route. 

Post # 159
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

dalia88:  it will really depend on the cat, like someone else has said. I have kitten that was litter box trained when I got him but he is INCREDIBLY social, so I would never dream of leaving him alone for longer than my being at work without having someone come check on him & play with him. He’s also BFFs with my two dogs (who think he’s just a really odd looking puppy), so that adds to the dynamic. 

 

I also pet-sit for a friend and her cat doesn’t care about people at all. He’d be fine from like a Saturday morning to Sunday night alone, POSSIBLY even Monday morning if they didn’t want to actually bother me but they live close & know I don’t mind lol 3-4 days would be pushing it, honestly, because they’d need a clean litter box and you’d want to make sure the water was fresh and the food hadn’t ran out or they hadn’t been hurt, but again, with someone popping in once a day, they’d be fine! 

Definately would look at getting a cat vs a kitten if you’re concerned about being able to leave them out or litter box training isn’t something you’d be patient with. We lucked out and our boy Oliver doesn’t scratch anything but his post but he will NOT stop jumping on the kitchen counter and (again, he’s a little wierdo) he loves water so the spray bottle trick doesn’t work lol

 

Good luck picking out a sweet cat or kitten! They do need people but I have two dogs and can say with certainty that a cat is a lot less work…. at least for me!

Post # 160
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

mrswhitecat:  it will definiately vary… I live in Charlott, NC… if you go through the Humane Society the adoption fee for kittens is $150 and they come with their first set of shots, already spayed/neutered & a $250 voucher for their preferred vet clinic 🙂 

Post # 161
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I think it depends on the cat. I have a fairly needy one. We leave her alone in the day and she is fine. if we go away for the weekend we leave food out for her. Any longer than that and we get a pet sitter to come round once a day. They need a lot of love and attention but are definitely worth it!

Post # 162
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

OliviaPitman:  

Wow, that’s a great price! I have never adopted from an agency.

 

Post # 163
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Miami

They’re evil, get a dog 😉

 

 

Post # 164
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Helper bee

dalia88:  I had the same concerns you did before Darling Husband and I adopted cats, and I can say without question that having those two kitties in our lives was one of the most rewarding experiences ever! They were already senior kitties when we adopted them, but they were DH’s cats when he was a little boy (his parents kept them while Darling Husband and his sister went to college, so Darling Husband and I adopted them when we got married). They passed away in 2014 and 2015 at the ripe old ages of 18 and 19.

When we adopted them, I was worried that they would be more needy since they were moving from a big house into a small apartment, with new sounds and new smells, but they adjusted quickly. Every cat is different, but as a rule, I’d say they’re far less work than dogs. Having more than one cat means they’ll have company, but don’t be surprised if they act as indifferent to each other as they do to you, haha. Our kitties were sisters from the same litter, and while they didn’t have much conflict to speak of, they weren’t exactly attached at the hip.

As for leaving them alone when you travel, we used to do it for short trips (up to 4 days) with extra food, water, and 2 litter boxes, and they were always fine. They never seemed distressed or resentful. We’d walk back into the house, and they’d meow in acknowledgment of our return, we’d snuggle like crazy, and that was that. Our vet told us that we had the healthiest, best-behaved senior cats she had ever seen!

For longer trips, Darling Husband and I would have a pet sitter come in for a short visit (15 mins) once a day to check food, water, empty the litter box, and just make sure the kitties were fine. It was pretty inexpensive and gave us peace of mind.

You’re getting attacked on this thread, and you don’t deserve that. None of your questions struck me as odd or dumb, and you are already demonstrating how responsible you are by gathering information and doing your due diligence. User “bdjhxo” should be ashamed for attacking and insulting you this way. I had a similar experience with a different poster on a different thread when I asked whether other Bees would recommend getting a dog before or after Darling Husband and I started having kids. From some of the responses, you would think I was planning to bring a dog into my home, treat it like a practice-kid, and then return it to a shelter. It was insulting and from that point on, I decided not to bring my pet-related questions to this site. Too much unhelpful judgment.

Best of luck to you! Fingers crossed you decide to become a cat-parent 🙂

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