Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jun 16, 2015
My husband and I got married in 2012 and I really was feeling the longing for motherhood so I thought hey let's get a cat. We went to a local animal adoption and rescue facility and walked in to the kitten room. We walked around for a while trying to interact and this short hair grey and black tabby just jumped from the cat tree on to my husband’s shoulder. This was the cat, he chose us, so we got all the paperwork in order and he was ours. We took him back to our little apartment and I mean 600 square feet little. I knew not what to expect because my mother is allergic so I never had cats around much. I set him down and he looked around for a minute, then off he went running in circles. He never jumped on the table, counters, played fetch and hardly shed; he was the perfect cat. After a few years we decided to get him a companion, colossal mistake! This new cat changed him, made him temperamental and taught him dirty habits i.e. jumping on counter tops and tabletops. I love the cats they are sweet and can be cuddly but the reality is you have to be willing to cater to their every need if you want to have a clean and sanitary home. This means sweeping and vacuuming every single day as well as wiping down counter top tables and anything they can climb on that you don't want to be contaminated by their feces. Nothing worse than sitting down at the dining table and finding litter on it, gross! If you are going to get a cat make sure you have a garage for the cat box. If you do get a cat and he/she is perfect then be aware additional pets may affect his/her temperament. I loved my first cat and I regret getting a second because it really changed him but what's done is done. With my husband and I thinking of having a baby we realized this environment is no good, the litter constantly littered about and the hair (don’t get me started on the hair). Approaching this dilemma we were quite blessed knowing that his parents would take in the cats for us (they are more cat people than we are) and were happy to love them and cater to them. I have had many experiences with animals of all sorts and the more I have the more I realize they are quite the commitment. Take my advice and do your research, don't make a decision on a whim rather take your time and really mull it over because pets need you to be in it for the long haul. If you are willing to add a few cat trees, scratching posts and other therapeutic devices for you cat(s) around the house as well as commit to the high maintenance cleaning of your home then I say go for it otherwise consider adopting a different species all together because whatever animal you choose remember they deserve just as much your loyalty as they give you.