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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