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January 17, 2012 1:45 PM Subscribe
I really want a cat. I've been wanting a cat for about six years now. My life has certain complications that makes this decision somewhat difficult. Help me decide.
posted by Phire to pets & animals (61 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I want to be as knowledgeable and as well-researched as possible about what I'm getting myself into before I commit to anything. Here are the relevant details:
- I am allergic to cats. Not fatally allergic, but I sneeze a lot, my eyes water, and I generally feel kind of miserable. My research tells me that often people who are allergic to cats will acclimatize to their specific cat, and that it's possible to take some sort of anti-histamine in the meantime (and anti-histamines do work quite well for me). Is this true? I am willing to suffer a few weeks of sneezing, but I don't want to adopt a cat and have my condition never get better and have to return it to the shelter.
- My apartment is really small. It's barely a studio apartment, and probably around 400 sq ft. The kitchen is connected to the main room, which doubles as my bedroom and my office, and there's a tiny closet of a bathroom and a tiny cupboard of a closet. I plan on adopting an adult cat from a shelter to make sure I find one suited for this kind of environment, and I know that I can compensate for lack of total space by providing vertical play space, but...how big a deal is this?
- I work a full-time day job, and I often volunteer or have other events during the weekends. My day job is, more or less, 9-5, and depending on where my clients are I may have extra commuting time, or I may have to stay late a couple of hours. I'm home at least several hours a day and at least one day on the weekends. Is this enough to provide a cat with the love and affection that a proper feline master needs? I understand that I will be travelling very little while we get acclimatized to each other. (I don't travel much as it is.)
- I've never owned a pet. My family had a guinea pig for a few months when I was 8, but that's literally it.
Beyond that, tell me what I would need to know to mentally or practically prepare for getting a cat. I would plan to get a litter box, a traveler, a climbing tree, and a bunch of toys. Do I need anything else? What kind of training might I expect to go through even with adult cats? What kind of food should I be looking into?