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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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My (as of now) Inexistant Cat

I have wanted a cat for my entire life. I dunno....they're just so...cat? Yeah, great describing, I know. Well you all know I guess. Anyways, my paretns have been like totally against it. Recently I have taken back up nagging them over it. Actually, I have my mom almost convinced, but we always go away for summers, and I don't know what we would do with out cat. We also have one parakeet, which could definately be a potential porblem. But I really want a cat, and I don't know how else to convince my family. GAH!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 02:45 PM
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The bird doesn't necessarily have to be a problem. At home I have 2 cats and a senegal parrot. As long as the cats are supervised when the bird is out of the cage, there are no problems. And the cats know better than to go near the bird IN the cage, cause his beak reaches out farther than their claws reach in, and they've been bitten enough to know better now

As for going away in the summer...how long are you gone for? Where do you go? Is it possible to take the cat with you?

Hope you have more luck convincing your parents!

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Haha. Thanks. I'm usually away for a month or so, either camping, or somewhere far off. Went to Peru last summer, so I don't think bringing a cat would be an option. Would it be better to get a young cat since I have a bird? He's a rather small bird, I dunno....
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 02:53 PM
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i don't know if it matters how old the cat is... My cats were about 7 when we got Bibi (the bird) and Bibi was already 4. As long as your bird isn't out unsupervised all the time, there shouldn't be a problem.
And does your whole family go away for the summer? Or would someone be home to look after a cat?

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My whole family goes. Is it possible to move a cat to a different house for a month of so each year, or do they not like that?
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 03:01 PM
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One of my teachers went backpacking in Europe for a month, and I went to her house each day to take care of her 2 cats and keep them company. It's probably best to keep the animal in its own home, and hire someone to come in for you.

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Lynxx - there's another user in the forum, catlover_2004, who is in the same boat, wants a cat, but parent against it. she's chosen to research the subject thoroughly, and come up with good reasons why it is good to have a cat. maybe you could search through the various posts and come up with some good research you could present to your parents. just choose the "Search" option, and enter "catlover_2004", and it should bring up all her posts. good luck to you!
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks a bunch. I'll check it out.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2005, 11:23 AM
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Perhaps you could hook up with a neighbor or friend to come in and care for the cat while you're away. We used to have our neighbor's nanny (a true cat lover!) come by. My family is going on a trip later this year and we'll be using a pet-sitter. Many vets also have kennels -- not the best option, but it's another way of handling it. A local vet or pet owner could recommend something in your area.

I've owned a variety of pets, and cats are by far the easiest to care for. They can be left alone for several days with extra food and they are fine. Kittens are the most work. Your parents could probably accept a cat better if it's past the kitten stage. I have kittens now and they are pretty wild!

Find someone who is familiar with cats to go with you when you go to choose. You've waited a long time for this, and you don't want to end up with a cat who is unhealthy or has behavior problems. It can save you alot of trouble and heartache later.

Good luck!

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