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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?

Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Mon Feb 25, '08 8:16pm PST 
Thanks again for all the great input! I think I've actually decided to foster for a local rescue for now - it'll give me a chance to see how Henry does with another animal in the house and decide if it'll be a good idea long term, I'll get to help animals in need, and, as an added bonus, I might even find the right cat (or dog) to add to my little family. I'm a little nervous about it, but I'm hoping it'll be a good experience for both me and Henry, and now is the perfect time for me to do it, since I'm living in a house owned by my family (so no pet restrictions!) and am home quite a bit.

I'd love to hear from others who have fostered - please feel free to p-mail me with your experiences. Thanks again!
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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?
Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Sat Feb 23, '08 12:50pm PST 
Thanks for all the input! I'm still thinking about it, but I'm pretty sure this I'd like to go ahead and adopt. I'm giving it until Tuesday so I can thoroughly think it through and get prepared, and since Monday is my busy day, if I wait until Tuesday I can devote most of the week to finding and settling in the right cat (or kitten - I'm keeping myself wide open on age as I look and just concentrating on finding the best fit for me and Henry).

I'm not 100% sure about the dog door situation yet, but you guys have offered some good suggestions, and I'm planning on keeping Henry and the cat separate when I'm gone for awhile anyway, so I can just close the cat away from the dog door unless he/she's being supervised.

Anyway, thanks again for the input, and I'll be sure and let you guys know if/when I find the right cat big grin
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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?

Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Fri Feb 22, '08 10:38am PST 
Just a note: I'm posting this as Beatrix, but she actually lives with my parents (and as much as I would love to steal her away, they adore her). Henry (my dog) is currently the only animal in my household.
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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?

Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Fri Feb 22, '08 10:36am PST 
I've been thinking about adopting a cat or kitten, and was hoping for some advice. Here are my concerns:

My dog. Henry is a 20-pound poodle mix, and has lived with a kitten before - my last roommate had a kitten, and he and Henry were great friends, and played all the time (their play was fairly rough, so that's something to consider, too). I also think Henry would respond better to a cat as a housemate than another dog, based on his personality - he tends to be anxious and gets depressed when I'm gone or not paying enough attention to him. Adding a cat that would play with him and be his friend would be perfect and even good for him, and, as Henry tends to be very curious (in a completely non-aggressive way) with cats, the cat would have to put up with a lot of sniffing and having Henry follow him or her around, especially at first. So a cat that doesn't do well with dogs would be a bad match for us.

Dog door. This is my big concern at the moment, actually. I just had a dog door installed in my bedroom, which leads out onto a porch that is VERY well secured for my dog - there's four-foot fencing around the inside, the porch is raised off the ground, and the door to it is locked inside and out. But for a cat, I think getting off the porch wouldn't be so hard. I think a kitten would have a hard time opening the dog door on his or her own, but an older cat probably could. There are lots of cats that roam our neighborhood, but I don't feel that it would be safe or responsible to allow my cat to roam like that.

I'll be living in this house for at least the next few months, and then will be graduating from grad school and hopefully getting a job somewhere. My pets will definitely move with me, so that's not an issue. I'm also home a lot until at least May, as I only have classes one day a week and work only very occasional days, which is why I thought now might be a good time to add a second pet.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'd love to be able to give a home to a cat or kitten that needs it, but want to make sure that I do it right.
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