Yesterday, I began a post that coincided with a blurb in our recent issue of Mews Nooz. It got a bit long, so I decided to break it into parts.
This then is Part 2–and the rest of the story, so to speak!
What if you knew of someone who recently became a cat pawrent. He really, really loves his kitty until… there’s cat hair all over the house. So now he’s talking about getting rid of his cat. (Now in fairness to him, he is a very large man who has some physical challenges that make it difficult for him to get down and up like he would like to to clean up after his fur child.
This brings to mind something else to think about when looking to add a fur being to your household. In fact, there really are some very specific things to consider; it’s not just the “cuteness” or the “cuddlyness”.
1. Can you take care of him or her come rain or shine? Taking care doesn’t just mean food and water; it’s also about cleaning up after him or her much like you might a toddler. And generally, the cat can’t be reasoned with! Or be detoured in its thinking.
2. Acceptance is bliss. If you have a long-haired cat, you might as well accept that there will be cat hair about the house or on your clothes at one time or another. It’s pretty difficult to not have it. Hairballs also seem to be a by-product of a cat.
3. Accidents on aisle nine are also an occurrence with kitties–of all ages. Tummy upsets sometimes get the best of kitties and you don’t get to choose where they get rid of it–unless you’re clairvoyant enough to confine your cat to a carrier or a specific room beforehand.
4. Some cat owners decide they can no longer keep a cat because a family member has allergies. Other owners will up their allergy meds and choose to keep the kitty.
None of these options is right or wrong in a blanket situation. The solution will be what is best for the individuals involved that have and care for the kitty. However, these scenarios are designed to generate some thought to someone thinking about taking on another mouth to feed and a body to care for.
Generally, a kitty will quickly worm its way into your heart and once it’s there it’s difficult to part with if the living arrangement doesn’t turn out to be as ideal as was originally thought.
And sometimes that’s hard for the kitty to understand.
Yours in lessons in tolerance when you have a kitty,
P.S. Speaking of cat dander, hair and other cat “leave behinds”, perhaps your kitty would like this Mysterious Kuddle Kup Cat Bed