Should I get a cat?
February 13, 2012 2:27 PM Subscribe
OK, so I'm pretty much settled into my studio apartment and am still thinking about moving eventually (so that I'm closer to public transit), but I'm going to take my time and wait until I find another apartment that meets all of my criteria. One such criteria is that they allow cats. I would turn down an apt in a nice location if they didn't allow cats. Now my current apartment allows cats, and I'm really seriously thinking about getting a sweet kitty companion. I'm a big time cat person, and I had planned to get a cat this year.
posted by starpoint to Pets & Animals (22 answers total)
I'm just not sure if I should. I wouldn't move to a place that didn't allow them, so in a way it makes sense to go ahead and get what I want. I live alone, and sometimes it can be lonely. I crave the presence of another being to hug and love and take care of. Right now, I've been raising oyster mushrooms and it's going to be hard for me to harvest and eat them because I've grown attached to them watching them grow. But my mushrooms are the only other living thing besides me in my apartment!
I travel on occasion, but usually not for longer than a week and I have family nearby who could drop in every few days if I had a cat. I don't have any trips coming up for several months, though, so now seems to be the perfect time. I do realize that having a cat would limit my ability to move around as freely, but I see it also as a first step toward my ultimate goal of finding a husband and having kids. Since I live alone, I'm only taking care of my needs. I need to learn to live for others besides myself and to be more generous of my time, and I feel that a pet is a good first step. If I get a cat, I'd be committed to taking care of him/her for the long term, and I will be able financially support him/her.
I'm just uncertain if I should wait until I find a new place closer to public transit before getting a cat, or if I should just go ahead and get one now, since I'd be getting one anyway after I moved. What would you do? I know that getting a cat would make it harder to move, but like I said before, I would turn down a place that didn't allow them.