Simply 6 Minutes: Kitties!

We love cats. We’ve always had at least one, and frequently more than one. Occasionally many more than one. We’re down to one, Molly, and we’ve decided we won’t replace her when she joins her clowdermates. At least, not immediately.

Cats are wonderful pets. Pretty self-sufficient: they need food and water and a place to go, and prefer the last one to be cleaned on a regular basis, but aside from that, they can pretty well entertain themselves. Just be sure you know that in a cat’s mind, everything’s a toy. Level surfaces are places to lie down, even shelves, and if there isn’t room, they’ll knock whatever is in their way onto the floor. They differ from dogs in that dogs are pack animals, where cats are individuals. You might find two cats sleeping peacefully together all afternoon, then one wakes up and swats at the other.

Everybody loves kittens, but kittens grow into cats very quickly, and once a cat is an adult, finding a new home for it is difficult, to say the least. Our local Humane Society has a room full of adult cats, some of whom have lived there their entire lives. Of course, part of that is their policies, because they make it harder to adopt a cat than it is to adopt a child. But even so, can you imagine spending your entire life in what should be your temporary home?

If you want a cat, do the world and yourself a favor and adopt an adult. True, some have personality problems and bad habits, some may still show signs of being feral, but mny just want to be somebody’s kitty. And, if you adopt a cat, have it spayed or neutered if it hasn’t already been. Even if you don’t let the cat out, they stay healthier if you do.

As for me, I’d adopt the cat above in a heartbeat…

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23 thoughts on “Simply 6 Minutes: Kitties!

  1. we have 3 cats and 1 dog and they are all rescues. I feel there is no reason to spend thousands of dollars to have that certain dog or cat when so many are hoping to be taken home from the Humane Society. A little bit older is also easier because training is not needed. Remember we must train our dogs and the cats must train us 🙂

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    1. We went the purebred route once, and while the cats (the first one we got died, so the breeder gave us a kitten) were very sweet, we probably wouldn’t do it again.

      One thing about an older cat is that they might have some bad habits (not using the box is a big one) that landed them with the rescue in the first place. Sometimes you can break them, other times you need to learn to deal with them. But it never stopped us…

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  2. We adopted two adult cats 11 years ago. From Craig’s List. They were scared and hid for a couple of days. Then slowly slowly they warmed up to us. They weren’t snuggle cats, but they loved being loved. Sadly, we lost the boy cat a couple of years ago. We still have the girl. She’s older, but still has some good energy. I think if I didn’t want to travel I’d adopt older cats, but when this one dies, I may not get another one 😢 I don’t know yet.

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  3. I always said that if only once, I am going to go and adopt the oldest pet just to love it in its last days. So sad that they must die alone in a cage. I can’t watch those commercials without tearing up

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  4. David and I were out to lunch one day at this place that was right on the water. There were a few cats wandering around, you know the restaurant pets. Anyhow, we were looking at one, so cute, but the tip of its ear was gone. When the waitress came she told us what they call her (female cat) and we said, “poor thing must have been in a fight and lost part of her ear”. She told us that is actually what they do when they bring in feral cats and spay or neuter them. One ear is for neutered males the other for spayed females. That way they know which have been spayed/neutered, etc. Besides being slightly gross I guess that is pretty smart.
    Another time a few years ago a friend and I went in to the pet store. They had their wall of cats. It said they were $60 to adopt or something like that. I asked about the orange on because on his cage was a sign that said he was 14 years old! Yup, same price! Are you kidding me? I would have taken him right there if he was free. Who is going to pay so much for a cat that may not be around that long and one that is probably not going to be super friendly? I think adopting animals should be strict as far as checking the people who want to adopt but very inexpensive. Okay, so the fees help pay the bills….stop charging so much and you won’t have many bills because you won’t have animals for more than a few days at that!
    I am truly on a roll tonight, ranting on and on…
    Thanks for participating!

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    1. Some vets nick the ear rather than cut a piece off.

      The $60 they charge you allows them to recoup the cost of spaying or neutering. It might cost $20 to neuter a male (because they don’t have to perform surgery) and $100 for females, so they take the average. But yeah, it’s like I was saying about our humane society making it really hard to adopt a cat…

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      1. I totally get the money part and I wouldn’t mind it but if I am going to adopt a 14 year old cat then I have to figure in at least one trip to the vet and then possibly after the cat passes or if it has to be put down. Maybe there should be a sliding scale based on animal age…Then if someone doesn’t want to pay much they pick an older animal.

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  5. Thank you for your compassionate advocacy for cats. Having been a dog person for most of my life, I believe cats are easier. Mama cat was 90% feral when I brought her home from the church but she’s made a lot of progress.. We made platforms for her, but she’s more of a cave dweller than a climber. She does like to sit on her pillow by the window and can be very affectionate with me if no one else is around. Her sweetness is worth my patience. I’m glad your shelter cares as much as they do.

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  6. John,

    What a nice post and great promo to get people motivated to adopt an adult cat from their local shelter! I like cats but I..we have allergies to them, so there won’t be any indoor pets for us. Molly is a pretty girl!

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  7. I love cats but then you already know that. I agree that adopting an adult cat is a wise move. We adopted a two-year-old and yes, she is going through her terrible two’s and three’s! Still, I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

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  8. Good to love cats. However, we have a neighbor who has Somali cats and bred them over 15 years time. They are called a fox cat and are exotic. Their cry is somewhere between sexual ecstasy and birth labor. They are indoor cats but stay in a screened in porch. They cry day and night. So when you get cats consider the sound factor for others. One often thinks of a barking dog as an annoyance, but cats can be a problem, too.

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    1. Ours have never been noisy enough to be a nuisance, at least not to the neighbors… With cats, the more you have, the greater the noise level. We have one now and it’s amazing how quiet she is….

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    1. Oh, those were the days… we figure that at this point we’ve done our part. Molly’s our last for a while, though we aren’t closed to the idea of adopting another. Just not now…

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