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#1 Bluestocking

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

I was at the RSPCA yesterday,  needed flea treatment, thought I'd show DS the kitties because its his birthday and he loves them.

But I fell in love with a little black kitten. It came up to the door meowing at me, so I had a little cuddle, tried to put it back, but it walked straight back to me for more cuddles, and just seems to have the most sweet temperament.

I sent DH a joking email to say I bought her. When he got home he said he wouldn't mind if I did get her. Now I'm seriously tempted!

Only issues:
I have another cat, not sure how they would get on.
I rent.
The cost.

#2 noi'mnot

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:33 AM

Yes, you should get another cat. original.gif

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:38 AM


Every kitten is irresistible - you have to be strong in their presence!

While you are a renter it is foolish to build up a menagerie it just makes it so, so much harder when you have to find a new place.

I know this thread is going to be full of people saying DO IT!  So I thought I'd get in quick and be Mrs Downer!

#4 Bluestocking

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

I'm not sure there is much difference having one cat or two in the renting world countrymel?

Oh no, I'm arguing for the kitty!

#5 Holidayromp

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:49 AM

For the kitty - just don't declare them on your rental application  ph34r.gif

#6 MintyBiscuit

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

Depends on your current cat and their temperament.

We got a second cat about three and a half years ago because we thought our cat Gizmo was lonely. We were wrong, wrong, wrong. My cat loves to be the top of the chain, and after the initital winter snuggles when the second cat was still young, she hated his presence. Although we'd always considered her aloof with other people, she got much worse and was outright hostile to some people - namely my sister whenever she would pop in to feed her while we were away.

Our second cat unfortunately disappeared a few months ago, and Gizmo is a changed animal. She's sookier with us than she's ever been, and is friendly towards other people. She's just happier in general, and even her interactions with DS have improved. Our second cat was a pound cat, and I wish he hadn't disappeared, but I also think if I had my time again I would not have got a second cat.

Kittens are adorable - my friend has a new one that I saw on the weekend and fell in love with, and when she mentioned that he still had two siblings looking for a home I was very, very tempted. But you really need to think a lot about how your established cat will react

Edited by HollyOllyOxenfree, 14 December 2012 - 08:52 AM.

#7 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:54 AM


Without wanting to be snarky, I have read a number of your threads and I honestly think that if you are struggling to buy weather-appropriate clothes for your children, the last thing you need is another pet.

#8 Carmen02

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:55 AM

i would of lol we rent and have 2 cats, landlords dont seem to mind. DH wont let me near a place like that lol he knows I will get them! I want lots of cats! we introduced a 2nd cat when our first was 3yrs old and they got along so well together we had no problems at all (still the best of buds at 13 and 10yrs old)

#9 Bluestocking

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:00 AM

QUOTE (~Karla~ @ 14/12/2012, 08:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Without wanting to be snarky, I have read a number of your threads and I honestly think that if you are struggling to buy weather-appropriate clothes for your children, the last thing you need is another pet.

OK that is nasty and not at all true.

#10 luxi00

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:02 AM

I have two cats and two dogs and love them all so much.

But...you should only get the kitten if you can commit to keep it for another 20 years. There are too many cats given away because people don't think about it long term.

#11 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:03 AM

QUOTE (Excentrique @ 14/12/2012, 09:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK that is nasty and not at all true.

It's not nasty. You were saying 6 months ago that you couldn't buy your daughter a warm jacket for winter. I'm honestly not trying to be mean, but if things are financially tight, increasing your output with another pet is not the best idea.

Edited by ~Karla~, 14 December 2012 - 09:03 AM.

#12 la di dah

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:03 AM

I don't know about renting. It could make it hard, maybe.

Is it the opposite gender of your existant cat? Having done both I would generally try for that for most harmony/easiest time.

How old/crotchety is your cat? Is she the type to get mad and p*ss in your bed?

I have had:

1) This young female existant, brought in a tiny male kitten.
2) An adult male cat brought in to another adult male cat.
3) A female kitten brought in to two adult male cats.
4) A pregnant queen brought in to a teenage female cat.

1 was far and away the easiest. Then probably 3 and 4 were tied, though the issue was the female got along with both but neither of the males liked each other. 2 would have been impossible renting and was in many ways awful - for years - though I was fond of both cats individually.

At the moment 1 is actually easier than the female was by herself, but she was young, we knew she liked kittens, and we picked a calm quiet male who was very young and completely unafraid of other cats. My DH actually loves having the pair as they wash/cuddle/play with each other and miss each other if one is gone, but not all pairs are equal.

#13 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:06 AM

Unless I have you confused with another member? In which case, I apologize profusely. I'm still in a painkiller-induced haze after my surgery last week.

#14 Bluestocking

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:24 AM

Have a 2.5yr old male cat, would be getting 10wk female.

The male cat did make friends with the neighbors also male cat before it disappeared. However our cat did not like it when the neighbors cat snuck into the house to eat food. Fights would ensue then.

#15 gina70

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:33 AM

I just got a 3rd cat this week.  But is wasn't a spur of the moment thing.  I researched breeds and breeders months ago and put a deposit on a kitten last school holidays and have been preparing my home and other cats.  I made sure my 2 adult cats vaccinations were up to date and converted my chook run into a cat run.

I had the new kitten home 2 days and she needed a trip to the vet (conjunctivitis), $93.  I bought kitten food $36, bowls, litter tray, toys etc.

Pets are a big commitment and expensive.  A lot of thought needs to go into getting one.

#16 JazzyWeasel

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:42 AM

I love both my cats. Both are very cuddly with me but they hate each other.
Can not walk past each other without one of them hissing and swiping them. They pretty much keep to themselves but oh lord if one tries to get on your lap when the other is already there take cover. i have scratches on my leg sad.gif .
We have decided if one goes we will not get another. I think one cat is enough for us.

PS: Not saying yours will not get along.

#17 Bluestocking

Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

Thanks all, decided not to. DH and I think it would be nice to save up and eventually get a small dog. I'm much more confident the cat would accept a small dog as he came from a house with dogs.

#18 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 14/12/2012, 10:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
1) This young female existant, brought in a tiny male kitten.
2) An adult male cat brought in to another adult male cat.
3) A female kitten brought in to two adult male cats.
4) A pregnant queen brought in to a teenage female cat.

heheh we did #1 and Lexi is the grumpiest, she gets so annoyed at the boys, but not seriously. She just sometimes hates when they follow her and she turns around and b**ch slaps them LOL Basil esp, and he just loves his big sister (they have the same Dad.)

OP, be VERY careful when you do get a dog, there are many small dog breeds that don't mix well with cats!

We are fortunate, we have 5 cats and 2 rottweilers who all live together in harmony, but I know that isn't always the case.

#19 Oriental lily

Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

I agree with country Mel.

Getting a house to rent is far easier with one small animal ( especially if you say it's 100 percent outside and stretch the truth a little) than if you have petS.

Gum tree always seems to Chocca block with people needing to rehome due to there next rental not allowing pets.

The reality is the vast majority of landlords cringe at their tenants having pets. Rightly so due there being many owners letting the 'team' down and letting their pets become a creature of mass destruction.

I know if I was a landlord I would be very wary of pet owners.

Edited by Oriental lily, 14 December 2012 - 02:50 PM.

#20 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 14/12/2012, 03:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know if I was a landlord I would be very wary of pet owners.

That is very true! It's also the reason for me having to work away from home for at least 6 months because we wouldn't be able to get a rental with all our animals. But that's ok, it's a sacrifice I am willing to make. But we are in a position where I have alternatives, if you are renting then some times you don't.

#21 jayskette

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

I went to the RSPCA intending it to be the first of several catteries of the week. I fell in love with the FIRST CAT I saw at the RSPCA.

YOU ARE WARNED  biggrin.gif

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