- 7 years ago
next year, i will be graduating college and moving into my first *real* apartment! 🙂 i’ve always been a dog lover (and have owned dogs my entire life), but in college my downstairs neighbor has a kitty, and i love going down there to play with her.
now, im considering adopting a cat/kitten next year to share my apartment with (they’re allowed). but, i never have owned a cat so i’m not sure i’m ready for the commitment, since i don’t know exactly what it entails. for example, i don’t want to adopt a cat and then find out the cat pees all over the carpet/walls, and then decide that its not for me and return the cat. or find out that i can’t stand the cat yowling at night. i understand how unfair returning is to the cat, and how irresponsible that would be of me so i am trying to learn as much as i can before deciding to adopt.
i toyed with the idea of trying to foster a cat to see if i’m really ready for all the responsibilites that owning a cat entails. but i’m not sure how this works – would shelters allow a first time catowner to foster? or do they only allow experienced owners? if not allowed, do you have any suggestions on how i could decide if i am ready or not? its like a cycle.. without ever owning a cat, i’m not sure if i am ready to do it. but without being sure i am ready, i will never be able to own one!
also, i want to own a dog eventually, when i buy/move into a house.. maybe 5ish years from now. would having a cat make this impossible? what if my cat turns out to hate dogs?? i wouldn’t want to give up my cat of course, but i cant imagine my life without a dog either
any insight would be appreciated 🙂
ETA: i don’t think im “unready” because its my first apartment, or i don’t feel mature enough to own a pet. it’s that i never owned a cat or babysat any for a lengthy period of time to understand what kinds of difficulties owning a cat would entail