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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-2008, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cat Loneliness

I am going back to school in the fall and I am worried about my cat being lonely when I am at school and work full time.

I just adopted a kitten, to be a companion to my 4 year old, but the kitten passed away.

Do I try again? With a kitten? An adult cat? Or will she be fine if I am not home as much.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-2008, 04:53 AM
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Cinderella loved being an only cat (she was 4 also when I added more) and I wish I would have left it that way. They sleep most of the day anyway.

I know you only had your kitten for a short time - how did you cat react to her?

I'm so sorry you lost your little kitten, by the way.

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Why don't you try it alone for a while and see how it goes? If you think another cat is needed, then a young adult would be better than a kitten. If you won't have enough time for your current cat, you certainly won't for a kitten.
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If you won't have enough time for your current cat, you certainly won't for a kitten.
wow Tim that is a bit harsh! I think she is thinking of her other cat well being. Just because she has long hours doesnt mean they wont have her companionship. They will see her at night, when she is studying, when she has free time and Im sure they will have the attention of her friends who come over too.

I agree with Tim a teenage cat would be a good choice if you choose to get another.
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Yeah, I work full time and I'm starting graduate school this fall and sometimes I worry about leaving Leroy alone but based on his weekend behavior he sleeps during my usual week hours. I did happen go home late this morning for a few minutes. He woke up, looked at me, then fell back asleep. He's obviously keeping himself occupied!
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Tim's not being a bit harsh and I don't think he meant it that way. Kittens are hard. They're worth every minute of work, but they need someone at home more than late evenings to help train them. Plus, they're so stinking cute, you'd feel bad leaving them every morning.

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I stand corrected!
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Sorry, now I feel harsh.

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LOL no way. I misunderstood. Im blond so those things happen!
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I meant it Marie's way, but looking at my wording I can see how it could also be seen Merry's way.

It's always good to give the benefit of the doubt when it could go either way. Though in my case, I know I have a rep of being insensitive at times. Sometimes I just don't realize it -- diplomacy has never been my strong suite. Though sometimes I do it intentionally in order to get somebody's attention. I'm thinking of a time when someone came here looking for advice about a urination problem, and the message to take the cat to the vet ASAP (because it sounded like a blockage) wasn't getting through, and I ended up using both strong words and strong formatting to punch a pretty strong message to beat the guy over the head with, with pretty strong results, but the end result was the cat got taken to the vet. So it's that kind of an end result I'm looking for when I intentionally don't mince words.
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