I want my own nyan experience
July 19, 2011 9:05 PM Subscribe
Should I get a cat? Snowflake etc. inside.
posted by cobain_angel to pets & animals (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My husband and I live in a relatively small apartment. I work part time and he stays home, and in the fall we'll both be going to school. I like animals, and I already own one guinea pig, who has been with me for almost two years now. I love to have pets and care for them; as a child I grew up with a dog, a parakeet and a myriad of hamsters all my own. I like to have animals that are responsive but not overly needy. Recently I went to Petco to get some toys for the guinea pig and I went to play with the cats they have up for adoption (as I do every time I visit Petco). I fell in love with a beautiful cat there. She is about a year old, spayed and litter trained, talkative and from I could tell very playful. I really want this cat, but I would like a more objective view of my situation before I get a furry child.
-I don't know how the cat is going to get along with the guinea pig, if at all.
-This is a cat that is old enough to be set in her ways. What if I don't like her personality? I can't exactly return her.
-I am already allergic to the guinea pig, although plentiful kitten sniffings suggest that I'm not allergic to cats. But I won't know until I live with one.
-Right now I'm home half of the day, but when I start school I won't be home much. Cats need time!
-I have actually never owned a cat, so I don't know what to expect (ie, how messy are cats, really? how much maintenance do they need?)
-my husband is not really on board with getting a cat, because his experience with animals is limited to two completely unresponsive dogs (you throw them a ball and they'll stare at it), sheep, and the guinea pig. As far as he's concerned, animals eat and poop. No playing. No emotional attachments. He would like for pets to do those things, but his experience suggests otherwise.
I want to make sure that any potential kitties I own are happy. Money isn't really a concern and I intend to have a vet fund on hand. I'm prepared to hear that it might not be the best idea to get a cat now, but I'd basically like to hear anything, negative or positive, that comes with owning a cat. Thanks!