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November 7, 2012 12:13 PM Subscribe
[Cat filter] Should I adopt a cat, or take one from my parents?
posted by DoubleLune to Pets & Animals (20 answers total)
I have 2 childhood cats that live at my parent's house (indoor/outdoor). I want to have a cat where I live now (in the city, indoor-only cat), and I'm debating whether I should take one of my childhood cats or adopt a new one (as a note: I have approval from my landlord for ONE cat only).
Here's why I don't think it's a good idea to bring one of the cats from my parents:
*They are both indoor/outdoor cats. I live in a studio and don't think either would adjust well.
*I to bring the male cat to my last apartment, and it was brutal. I took him back. Complicating factor was my roommate's 3 cats.
*The cats don't love each other, and fight a bit, but they co-exist. I worry that if I try to bring the female and it doesn't work out, the dynamic could change too much for her if she had to go back.
*She is 11. He is 4. They get along ok. They have both spent the majority of their lives at my parent's house, and it is their home. My parents will not be moving probably ever, so I know the cats have a good home there. I am spending at least the next 3 years in my current apartment, but after I graduate I have no idea where I'll end up.
Reasons why it could be good to take the female:
*If she adapted, she might find it more peaceful to be alone, and the male might be happier by himself at my parent's. She is getting older, so might be okay with not being outside.
*My mom has mentioned me taking her, because she is not very friendly -- she's a bit scared. Personally, I just think she's a cat, and it's stupid for people to assume every cat in the world is going to let people pet them.
Ultimately, I feel like I'm too concerned about her not being happy to risk it, but I'd like to hear some arguments for or against it that I'm not thinking of.
Reasons it would be cool to get a new cat:
*I'd be saving another cat's life. My childhood cats already have a safe and caring home.
*I'd be able to either get a young cat who wouldn't have a history of being let outdoors, and would be easier to keep indoors.
*Getting a new cat, I feel like I could bond with the kitteh and we'd have a better relationship than I might with one of my childhood cats getting ripped from their home. I firmly believe that cats know you are saving them, and I want to form a relationship on that.