Sunday, July 18, 2004

Purr...

We are thinking about getting a cat.  Tim grew up with a cat and a dog so he is familiar with the pet responsibilities.  I did not grow up with a pet, but feel like I am a "cat person" rather than a "dog person".  With my summer off, I feel like this would be a great time to get a cat.  I could help it get used to our home and used to us.  I do not worry about the responsibility of a pet, but I do worry that it might be lonely when school starts and I will go back to work.  Tomorrow, I will go down to the Iowa Animal Rescue League and ask some questions about cat adoption.  I might even visit some cats.  I am interested in your views on pets and adopting a cat.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Great idea!

Last night, I went to Steve's... and there was the cute kitten--right at the door to greet me. She sat next to me while we watched tv.

The Dudley's need a cat! It is a GREAT idea!

Eyes said...

If you want to adopt a cat, you want an independent creature -- one who doesn't live on your schedule, doesn't greet you, etc. A cat will come to you when he/she is ready for affection -- then and then only. They are VERY independent. If you want to be affectionate, often times a cat with snub you. Really affectionate and involved cats are the rarity. Though cats are special creatures...

A dog on the other hand lives for YOU. He/she waits for you, longs for you, begs to be with you, wants to spend all your time with you -- so they give you guilty eyes all the time. They take a lot more energy and commitment, yet they give back a ton of love -- when YOU want it. They also require you to be home every six to eight hours -- no matter what -- or you have to take them with you. They are great training for kids.

It's all a matter of what you want. Whatever you get, I'd consider adopting two -- because they should have a friend. Otherwise it will be really lonely for them once you are back to work.

We adopted two dogs from the humane society who were on the put-down list for the next day. They were both trained already -- and have been excellent friends. They are my BEST friends. I love them to tears...and I have had them now for 9 years. They are pampered more than most children : )