Can you ever truly be minimalist and have pets? Something I've been wondering lately. We have a cat we've had for almost four years and I love her a lot but she's also a frustrating little punk with her attitudes. Plus, with all that's been going on lately with my miscarriages she's been feeling neglected so she peed on some of my clothes!! She never really adjusted to my kiddo either and just tolerates him. My husband has been pushing to find her a new home now for almost a year and I was resistant to it for the longest time....but now I just want to concentrate on being the best mama I can be for Bug and getting my house closer to my minimalist ideal. I am having a hard time with the fact that as long as we have an indoor cat and a litter box and food dishes, that our bathroom will never be as clean and simple as I'd like it to be and I will never want to be barefoot in my bathroom as long as there's even a chance of stepping on a stray bit of litter or cat food!! She also has a sensitive stomach and I can count on having to clean up cat puke off the carpet about once a week or so. DH says if she does go he doesn't want to have another pet till we rid ourselves of the wall-to-wall carpet that came with our house.
At this point, though I know I will be a bit sad and will miss her a bit should we find her a new home...I am just ready to find her and our betta fish new homes and be pet-free for a while...and just re-address the pet situation once our little Bug is old enough to care for (or at least help care for) any future pet.
Do ya'll have pets? If so, how does that mesh with your minimalism?