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04 June 2013 @ 07:22 am
Sometimes, Your Cat Finds You....  
I've been vaguely considering getting a cat lately. Preferably an older one. My sister came to visit yesterday, though, and told me that they just got a new dresser, and opened the door, and a kitten popped out! I guess the dresser was in a garage that a stray cat had had kittens in. This kitty is only maybe ten weeks old, way too young to have left her mother, but it's been a couple of days, so it's too late. If we returned her now, she would probably be rejected by her mother.

Anyway, Katie doesn't know what to do. She's already got two cats and a dog, and she says it's a good balance in her house. If they had a new one, Myow Mix's anxiety might go through the roof. They just don't have anywhere to send her. The Humane Society is already way over-crowded, and won't always take cats.

I was thinking about taking her. I've got two (well, technically three) problems: I have a roommate now, and she has two parakeets. I could try to teach the kitten to leave them alone, but...y'know. And I just looked at my bank account for this month, and I am broke. Moving is expensive, and I'm not even sure how I'm going to pay my bills this month. I might have to dip into my savings as it is.

Well, I have a few days to think about it. At first I was excited, but it's really starting to hit me how big a commitment this is. Blech.

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Alexanderashmedai on June 4th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
Ten weeks is okay to leave the mother cat. I got Mubbie when he was just six weeks old. I thought it was way too young too, but he was ready to go. :)

You're right though, it is quite a commitment.

Oh and the parakeets - the cat will chase them if they fly around the room, but our old neighbor has two birds and two cats too. The birds are safe as long as they're caged, but if they flew around they'd be dead meat because of the cat's hunting instincts.
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on June 4th, 2013 11:55 am (UTC)
I guess when I see a picture of her, she looks so small. Ten weeks is still a little young, though; I know twelve is ideal.

I've heard of cats that either just ignore the birds or actually make friends with them. I wonder if that's part of the cat's personality, though.

I still feel like, in so many ways I'd prefer an older cat. Kittens just have so much energy, and I'd have to get her fixed and get her shots.
Alexanderashmedai on June 4th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
It does depend on their personality - cats are all so different. And yeah, kittens have a ton of energy, they can be little fireballs. But so much fun too! :)

I'd only have taken a kitten. I know that sounds callous, but I want my animals to bond with me very tightly, and that's harder to manage with an older cat.
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on June 4th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my parents' cat wouldn't go after the bird, either cause he's too lazy or too well-behaved. (I can't always tell the difference with him.)

I had another girl at work offer me her cat, cause she was irresponsible and didn't realize that getting a kitten was like getting a five-year-old. She can't stand how crazy he is. There are just too many needy cats in this world...

It's your choice. I figure that so many people want the kittens, I'd prefer to help out the older cat that isn't as cute, but just as sweet, and has been sitting in a shelter way too long.
Alexanderashmedai on June 4th, 2013 12:28 pm (UTC)
LOL no cat is really well-behaved. They mind the person they see as their "mother" (male or female doesn't seem to matter to them), but that's it. Mubbie obeys me, but Chris? Forget it. But even the most well-behaved cat is still kind of a wild animal and hard to handle.

Ugh I hate irresponsibility when it comes to pets. And yes, it is like adopting a child, IMO.

You're right, too many cats are sitting in shelters. If I had the space and the money, I'd take them all in.
MissTeacakesmissteacakes on June 4th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
That cat won't dig into an open bag of cat food that's sitting on the floor. It's really strange, in a way.

It made me so angry that she got these two kittens without knowing anything about having them, then tried to rehome them only about a month later.

At least I know the lady that took one of them--she's a waitress at the restaurant. She says that he makes such a mess, and she always have to pick up after him, but then comes and cuddles with her and she forgives everything. That's a sign of a cat-lover.

My sister's neighbor has a sort of halfway house for cats, to socialize them with people and to have their kittens then get fixed, but he's got so many at all times, she doesn't want to saddle him with another.
Alexanderashmedai on June 4th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Mubbie is kind of different in a way too. Most cats love some kind of human food, but if I just offer him a bit of chicken or cheese, he backs off and looks at me like I've lost my mind.

He gets into all kinds of messes, but I could never be angry at him for long. Sometimes he gets on my nerves with all his energy, but yes then he comes to cuddle and I melt. :)