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thinking bout getting a cat

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by fireturk41, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 [OP] I like to break shit!

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    So ive been thinking about getting a cat, i could use the companionship, but i like the idea of the animal being independant because i often go to fire schools on weekends and am in and out during the day after 12pm.

    my friends mom found a aprox 2 week old kitten and i fell in love with it, before i ask my landlord and before i tell her yes (she isnt giving it away until a few weeks later) i wanted to get a feel exactly what i was getting into, itd be an indoor cat unless it turned out to be something like a maine coon, my dads got 3 of them, but any tips, advise, prep?
     
  2. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM
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    You need to spend time with any pet, even a cat. Your probably better getting a plant, because of your schedule. If you don't spend time with the kitten there is a good chance it will be wild and uncontrolable.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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    i do have time though, i usually dont even leave home till 2pm and get home about 10. i just have i guess busy months and empty ones when it comes to weekends, this month i have one busy weekend, next month im busy every weekend and october im busy 2 weekends and november im available all weekends.

    im not fully booked, just oddly booked
     
  4. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    do it, cats are great, my wifes cat died last year ( she was 22 and my wife was 28 when she died) it was quite a relationship they had, she thought he would never be able to get another one, well about 4 months later we adopted 2 kittens (brother and sister) i love them, they are tons of fun and very little work, they are at the door when i get home from work, on your lap when you want them there, yet very independant
     
  5. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    The firemen here spend about three or four days in a row at the station. Will you be having those kind of shifts?
     
  6. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    I did the same thing a few years back because by schedule didn't allow for me to have a dog so I needed a fairly self sufficient animal. I found a kitten through the SPCA that was fostered. I'd never heard of such a thing but the kitten was already litter box trained, self feeding and was taught from the beginning not to claw furniture (some retraining required) but the initial training proved to be incredibly helpful! I lived alone and wanted a pet to liven up the place and a kitten certainly did that! They take minimal amounts of time but you do still have to care for them. Plan on some vet bills (heavy in the first year and typically just annual check ups afterwards unless they get sick), food costs, some toys, etc. I say go for it, it was a good choice for me.
     
  7. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    I've had a couple cats. They are pretty independent animals and dont need as much attention as a dog. You dont need to train them where to go to the bathroom which is great. I have a similar schedule where I am gone most of the day and she's a good cat except for chewing on the occasional wire, but its a kitten..kittens chew. I really need to get her more toys
     
  8. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    I do understand a busy schedule with odd hours. But to have a decent pet you need to spend a lot time especially in the begining with any pet. I would really think it through before getting a pet.
     
  9. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    Also consider your job, you could be called to a fire or other disaster and be there for an unforseen amount of time, do you have someone that will look in on the pet.
     
  10. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    sorta kinda, those are those "booked weekends" leave friday and come on saturday evening or sunday. I do have someone that can care for them during those times though. right now i am fully volunteer and if i do get called out it usually does not last over 1.5 hours with our longest times being 5 or 6 hours.

    if i can get a career job i will have a schedule to the tune of 6 months of 8-5 then on shift 24 on 48 off depending on who would hire me

    just trying to get a feel and the opinions of others when it comes to having a pet, i want an animal companion, but i dont want it to be a trainwreck and have to give it away. i believe i do have time for one though
     
  11. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM
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    mainecoons are awesome cats. I have an indoor one. Not one bit of trouble, ever.
    Norwegen Forest cats are great too.
     
  12. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    We have auto feeder and water and they crap in a box. I don't think my cats care if were home or not but I love em!
     
  13. Aug 17, 2011 at 4:57 PM
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    Having a cat is like dating a german hooker, no matter how much you love her she'll never love you back.
     
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    Dog owners want to be adored and cat owners want to be ignored. Pets are a lot of work. Unexpected vet bills suck. I'm not a cat person at all. Always a dog owner and it's a pain. Find people to watch pets when on vacation sucks.I vote NO!!!!!! I have a dog and bird along with a kid and it's mayhem from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. Enjoy not having the responsibility of a pet.
     
  15. Aug 17, 2011 at 5:04 PM
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    So true!!!at least a dog is always loyal and happy to see you everyday even if your an asshole or in a bad mood
     
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    The little dirty pricks sit on counters,table, and all over the place they shouldn't be. I think cat owners are strange(sorry Tw cat owners :D )
     
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