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I have lived with cats my whole life--there has never been a time when I didn't have one. My last cat died 5 years ago (almost to the day . . .). She was 14, and we haven't ever "replaced" her, so to speak. As much as losing her pained me, I admit that part of me has enjoyed the fact that it is less work, less money (vet/food), less hassle (travelling). At the same time, I do miss having a little furry guy around, and I feel guilty that my kids don't have a memory of having a pet.<br><br>
There are many pros and cons to getting a cat, and I keep making up my mind one way and then the other. DH seems on the fence, as well. Any ideas or thoughts on making this decision??<br><br>
Completely OT, but I love this new smilie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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We were dog-free for several months when we first moved here, because we were relo'ed and couldn't have them in our apartment. First time in 4 years we didn't have a dog! It was kind of fun, not as much vacuuming, no money to the vet or on food. I thought about letting dh's grandparents keep our dogs, because they loved the dogs and took great care of them, but in the end they came back to us. And I can't describe how happy we are to have them back! I feel sad for the months we missed.<br><br>
So, I'm a yes (even though I hate cats). Get a DOG! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I would say yes. It is so good for kids to have the experience nurturing & caring for a pet. My dh & I constantly discuss how much enjoyment we get from our pets.
 

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Go for it! I don't think I could ever live without a cat (or 3!).<br><br>
Cats are really just so easy when it all comes down to it.
 

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Who was it who said get a dog in one of the previous posts? (I'm teasing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) If you want LOW work, LOW cost and MUCH enjoyment in a pet a good cat is the way to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Dogs--sure a good dog is nice too, but they're much more expensive and probably are 8-10 times more work than one cat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. A good dog is a result of a lot of dedication and time by the part of the owner, and you have to be willing (and able) to put in that time on a consistent basis.<br><br>
My advice to you if you decide to get a cat: Write down what type of traits you are looking for in an animal...what kind of personality that you enjoy most in a cat. Then go looking for a rescue group or the equivalent with that list in hand. Discuss what you want with the people who live with that cat, and get an ADULT. That's my personal opinion, with an adult you KNOW the personality that you're getting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.<br><br>
I did that after my favorite boy passed on several years ago. Wasn't sure if I'd get another one (had his older half sister here, but she was so quiet and out of the way in comparison his loss had a big impact). About 9 months after he passed I did decide to get another one, but this time I decided if I was going to adopt another cat I wanted to make it count. So, I did just that, wrote/called a bunch of breeders I knew were reputable about adopting a retired showcat. Told them all about my Nicky, what kind of personality traits I wanted. And, the one breeder who understood exactly what I was looking for matched me up with one of her girls who was going to be spayed later that year.<br><br>
All I can say is, she got here, and I was just ecstatic. She's lovable, talkative, smart, outgoing and gorgeous. Excellent with the kids, no hangups, very social. She was matched up wonderfully to our household! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
But, I can understand what you're saying too. Less work sure, but I can't say how much of an impact finding the *right* cats to fit our household has made. But, sure there is time commitment. I groom my cats, we have to food, water and change litter pans. But, they provide so much companionship and humor for the whole family.
 

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This is absolutely my plan--I already have the rescue shelter chosen, and we would get a cat who is at least 2 years old. They seem like they know the cats very well & I am sure that they can help us find a good match. It would be for my 10 year old DS, mainly--who claims he never wants to get married, but does want to live in a house with a lot of cats. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> If we do this, I want to impress upon him not to pick the cutest kitty, but the one that needs us the most, the one that will be happiest with us.<br><br>
Dogs are out--I am tempted, but the rest of my family is scared of them. My neghbor has a West Highland Terrier puppy that I want to steal . . .
 
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