Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Sep 04, 2013
I’ve always been a sucker for cats. They are low maintenance, easy to care for, and cuddly. Aside from all of that, you can see their personality very clearly. And while I’ve enjoyed owning a few dogs over the years, I must risk the wrath of dog-lovers out there and encourage all prospective pet owners to consider the American Shorthair cat.
Cats are a good choice for many reasons, but if you are self-employed, work long hours, have children, or are busy in general, cats make an excellent choice for a pet. You don’t have to worry about taking them out and cleaning up their “ahem”…offerings. Own a cat? No risk of being held over at the office, only to come home and find a steaming mound on your just-shampooed carpet. Are you the “writerly” type? No tearing yourself away from your laptop just when you figured out the plot to your novel, only to have forgotten the juicy details when you return from taking the hypothetical dog out.
Cats generally get along well with other pets in the household. However, be careful about mixing them in with a bird. My grandmother once came home to find her Budgie parakeet reduced to a pile of feathers. It was a solemn day, to say the least. Other factors to consider: swinging from the curtains like Tarzan, plucking your leather sectional into oblivion and the occasional hairball (which isn’t only hairy…there’s lots of other icky stuff in there, too).
I’ve been lucky with our new family member, Bella. She hasn’t done any of those things…except perhaps the jungle act on the curtains. She gets along famously with our Guinea Pig, Woodstock. They’re BFFs now.