(Closed) Should we get a kitty?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would absolutely without question say YES!!!  I definately agree with your Fiance that they can cost a lot of money (especially starting out) but I can say that the benefits far outweigh the cost in the end…We love our little bundle named LuLu and in fact when we got her she brought us closer than we have ever been.  My man actually proposed to me with the ring on her collar and her sitting between us as a little family!!! I don’t regret a second of getting out kitten and I know you wont either.  Your situation sounds very much like ours at the time that we got her…he’s a gamer, we were in an apartment etc. 

The only thing that was upsetting for me is that my little cutie is not much of a snuggler.  She is getting much more used to my cuddling recently and she will put up with it for a very short amount of time however, as your Fiance says that they are a lot of work, I assure you they are not! She is actually so independent that I don’t do much “taking care” because she is very self sufficient…with that said it is so nice to have a little animal in the house to be there to talk to and to hear her little paws on the floor ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck and enjoy!

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Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

“I am sooooo ready for a little bundle of fur to keep me company… especially because my Fiance 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

– 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

Pros:

– 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

– 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.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you get a kitten.. be prepared for underlying sicknesses. Ringworm, worms, etc. Make sure you make a vet appointment in advance so the day you get the kitten, you can go to the vet & have him/her checked out. I only say this cause that’s what happened to me, I somewhat knowingly went into it thou. If you get a kitten from a shelter, usually they’re already tested & good to go.

Once my Fiance found a kitten in a truck engine & the kitten was healthy as could be. I recommend getting a collar & id for your kitty if he goes outside, one of our kitties ran away during a storm & we still miss him a lot :(. We’re sure someone kept him, he was a great cat (the one found in the truck engine)!

Make sure you have enough money to pay for your kitty. Shots, spay/neuter, food, litter box & toys… seems small, but it can add up to a few hundred. After that, they’re not that expensive, just their food & yearly shots. Keep a “backup” fund just incase you need an emergency vet visit.

Otherwise, cats are great. Some cats aren’t the cuddly kind, they won’t want you petting them at all. I don’t think cats are a lot of work, you can leave for a day or 2 & the cat will be fine.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Disclaimer: All of the following is based on my particular cat, may depend on your cat’s personality.

Good: My kitty loves to cuddle as long as she’s getting petted. She doesn’t require alot of attention but won’t turn it down if you’re offering. She was only $55 and came spayed with shots and a chip from the shelter (adopting from shelters is awesome and often saves money). I got her when she was about 2, so she already knew her way around a litter box and hard food. She loves to knead, but the shelter vet trimmed her claws so she can’t really tear anything up. Kitties are good apartment dwellers because they generally don’t like the outside. Also, your Fiance can type “BRB, cat on keyboard,” (my SO is big on internet games and apparently this is a ubiquitious phrase).

Bad: I’m a tiny bit allergic to kitty, and when she sneezes her saliva gets everywhere, so I have to vacuum alot (which I do anyway), and keep her away from my pillow. Litter boxes are not awesome, they smell and are gross to clean. Kitty gets food everywhere when she eats, I think she picks it up and drops it around her bowl or something, I dunno. She will not use the little kitty house we got her, it’s under the bed or nothing.

Ugly: Kitty had kittens before we got her, so her spay was a little complicated, leaving a very long and ugly incision that had to be sewn with regular stitches (not the nice dissolvable kind). Like I said, she sneezes and saliva and snot get everywhere, a little ugly. I think being pregnant gave her hemorrhoids (TMI, I know, but these things happen), we won’t get into that.

Be sure to find a kitty that fits your personality, they’re all different. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We always had cats growing up so I am completely pro-cat!  We have 2 furbabies right now.  They are very independant and we haven’t had any problems with them so the most expensive vet bills were spaying and getting their annual shots.  Ours cuddle only when they want to but they do usually sleep in the same room as us during the day.  Meliss has a great pro-con list (though some kitties are cleaner than others for sure).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Mrs.Lebertintraining: I have a LuLu too!  And I even spell it the same way!

@TinyTina:All pets are work and Meliss did a good job with the pros and cons, although she didn’t mention that the litter box is gross to clean.  If you don’t have a good spot for it in your new place, you may want to re-think the whole thing.  Also, if you are planning on being a long-term renter, many places do not allow pets so that could be a problem down the road.  Kittens are definitely expensive the first year out however if you adopt from an ethical rescue group they will already have their appropriate shots and may be spayed/neutered.  An adult cat will definitely come that way and is a huge savings.  And an adult cat can be as fun and as loving as a kitten.  They always seem to know and appreciate when they’ve found a good home.

I have two cats, they’ve moved all over the country with me and I can’t imagine a life without them.  Good luck with your decision!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh man I looooooove having a cat!  We have two – adopted when they were teeny tiny, and they’re litter mates so they still curl up and cuddle together/play fight a lot, which is adorable.  Personally, I think that two cats are actually easier than one – they entertain each other (and us), and since they share a bowl and litter box, it’s not like they require more effort.  Besides daily feeding and poop-scooping, (healthy) cats are so easy.  They’re easier than fish.

Cons: your allergic friends won’t want to come over.  They shed – weekly vacuuming is a necessity.  Be prepared for them to scratch up some furniture and rugs.  You’ll need someone to watch them if you go away for more than a long weekend (that said, leaving them alone for a long weekend is no big deal).  An unhealthy cat can get very expensive.  And think about where you’ll be for the next few years, as a cat is a long-term commitment and many people give up their cats when they move – very sad.  But to me, the pros totally outweigh the cons; our cats give us so much joy.  And to be totally unfair, I’ll share a picture from when they were tiny (my mom fosters kittens for her local shelter – ours were the first two she fostered and we just fell in love):

I knowwwwww!

Also I agree with SnuckyFox – cats have all different kinds of personalities, so if you can, spend some time with your potential kitty.  And if you get a kitten, handle it gently all the time so it gets used to it.  We started clipping our cats’ nails when they were tiny and I think that’s why they’re so chill about it now.

Good luck!

Post # 12
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh I agree about the personalities.  The shelter where we got our first cat had different ‘personality types’ for the cats so you could see which one you want.  Here is a link to their ‘feline-alities’.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Meghan V – You have some absolutely adorable little ones!!!!!! I just love cats so much…

It really is amazing how the personality shines through…for example just saying the name LuLu for a cat what could you picture her being like…I assure you, you are right lol.  She is a little princess who loves wearing her rhinestone collar and in fact will get upset with us when we take it off her….she is the princess of the house and has my Fiance completely melting when she just looks over at him…lol! Cats are a hoot!!!

Just an FYI – we ended up spending around $800.00 for her in Vet bills the first year of her life and as of lately we have been trying to figure out why she has this wicked cough going on(which is costing us a bit)

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@tinytina – check out http://www.petfinder.com & it lists your local shelter’s pets for adoption. Sometimes they’ll have a little bio about the cat/dog. I got my dog from there. I found a cat for Darling Husband on there, but went with the famous “box kittens” instead. & thank you, they’re doing really well!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh & about the petfinder site, click on the cat’s name/pic & it will give you that specific cat’s info. If you click on the shelter name, it comes up with all pets at that shelter.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

If you want a snuggler- I recommend adopting an adult, you can tell a lot more what their personality is and some are cozy as kittens but don’t grow up to be cuddlers.

The most laid back type is usually a long haired big male.  You need to comb some so they don’t knot, but they don’t shed as much everywhere as a shorthair and statistically they are usually the snugglebugs.

(I am a vet at a cat-only clinic)

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