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Hey! There's this perfect opportunity for me to get a kitten, it's about 8 weeks old and it's litterbox trained and all and I really really want it. However, my dad doesn't like cats blah blah blah.
Anyways, I'm working on convincing my parents to let me get it but do you any of you confine your cats to one room?
The kitten would grow up in my bedroom because she's so small she would either get lost in my house or get into a lot of trouble. Plus I have a dog.
Then I'd probably move her into the basement where she would live. I have a pretty big basement and it's like a family with an office, bar area and laundry room branching off of it.
Does anyone see a problem with my kitten living in my big basement as opposed to my entire house? (Which would be impossible cuz of my evil dog....who is scared of the basement)
My mom's boss has 3 cats that live in her laundry room because her husband is allergic and they are the sweetest, nicest cats ever.
Help!
And, how can I convince my parents to let me get a kitten? I have the $$! (Too bad I'm still living at home)
Sorry about the long post and I'm new to this forum!!
 

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When I first got my kitten, Misty, I was so afraid my two toy house dogs would kill her, that I kept her in my room for 2 weeks. After a while, I started walking her around the house, but not letting her down. Now she has supervised trips in the rest of the house until she's big enough to handle the dogs. I'm not an expert by far, but I think it's kind of mean to keep the kitten in one room all it's life. But that's just my opinion.

Heh, I've had alot of bad luck with my parents trying to get new animals, the only reason I got Misty is because my old cat got hit by a car not long ago. Fortunately for me, both my parents love animals. My mom would readily accept any animal, but my dad, that's a different story! I have to kind of pretend I'm not to interested in the animal...you know, just make small talk about it. Since every DOG I've ever had was a stray, I just had to let my dad see the puppy/dog doing something really cute and let the puppy/dog love on him and his heart's melted.

My advise to you is just prove to your parents that you'll be responsible and take good care of the kitten. Show them you've done the research, tell them you'll pay vet bills (this is what got me my kitten so easily), and if all else fails, you could always try to ole crying, puppy eyes routine! (hehe, JK!)

Anyways, good luck!
 

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I don't live at your house so I don't know the size of your basement. Would the cat get enough contact down there or would he be alone in the basement while the family is upstairs? You have to think about the cat before you rush into a situation you might later regret. If you truly think the cat would have a life down there and would have enough room, then you must make that decision. About your parents and them agreeing to adopt a kitten. Show them you're responsible and have the money (if you do) to provide food, litter, vet care, and other cat necessities. Remember to take the time and consider the animal before you adopt it. Good luck and let us know how everything turns out!
 

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Thanks guys. Yeah, my basement's big and we spend most of our time down here because my brother and I are constantly on the computers down here and we just got a new big screen so the basement is the hot spot of our house.
And my parents *sigh*. I have 2 leopard geckos and I feed them and take care of them and pay for everything they could ever want or need and I belong to 3 gecko forums yadda yadda yadda. My parents know I'm responsible enough that's not really a problem. It's just that my parents are like "blah blah we dont want another pet in the house". Gr. And I've showed them the money and I'll even bring up randomly stuff like a cool cat toy I found while I was at the pet store. I even tried being sad for like a week haha and my mom just got fed up.
And I want this kitten sooo badly I've always wanted one. And I tricked my mom and to make a long story short I found out that if my dad said I could get one my mom would say okay no problem. My dad just doesn't like cats so he keeps making up excuses like "oh well the dog, blah blah" and "we don't want any more pets". I have a dog and 2 leopard geckos and the leos are the easiest pets ever!!!
Sigh.
Thanks for replying so fast!
 

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Try negotiating. Say something like, "Dad, I'll get a A in my math class this report card, to prove how bad and how hard I'm willing to work to get a kitten." Or "I'll do extra chores around the house to show how responsible I am." There's an idea :) .
 

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Hm not a bad idea. His most recent excuse is "oh well then ur grandmother wouldn't come over because she doesn't like cats"
The man just doesn't understand!!
 

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And then your response would be, "well then whenever grandma comes over, I'll put fluffy ( I had to think of a name) in my room away from her."
 

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Yeah exactly! And my Grandma wouldn't even go in the basement anyways because she can't make it down the stairs so we're all set! I think when I get her (I'm so optimistic) I'm going to name her Suzie because it's a cute name and my mom always liked the name Susan plus her middle name is Sue so it'd help her to like it hopefully, hehe.
And here's another reason this kitty is meant for my family- it was born on my parent's anniversary!
Oh and just to fill ya'll in, my friend got the sister of the kitty I want and she's the sweetest kitten ever!
 
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