My son wants a cat?!

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  1. AGonzalez

    AGonzalez Not a lurker

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    He's wanted a kitten for a long time, since he was 3 or so. We never could have one because I KNEW Smokey was not cat friendly (accident with neighbors cat) and in the light of re-homing Lily (which I've found her a good home but they are waiting to move in their house and be rid of their roommate so she's staying here until then, even offered to give me money to hang onto her, which I refused but it was a nice gesture) we are considering letting him have a kitten, probably for his birthday (October) or Christmas (if it's X-mas we'll wait until sometime in January to look and give him needed supplies for a kitty at X-mas)

    I intend to watch Craigslist or go to a shelter for a kitten, it's not something I care if it's purebred or not and probably a shelter because I want it spayed/neutered - I'm not dealing with a cat pissing on my furniture because it want's to go get some, lol.

    Obviously Jasper is good with cats, as DrMom said and I'm guessing Fran has a cat? So I'm not concerned so much with him, but Lacey I don't think has ever been around a cat (at least not at my house) we have a good solid "leave it" with her but I also have concerns on whether or not she'll be ok with a cat, as I don't have anyway to test her on this. So how do you go about testing? I'd love to see how she does with one before committing to such a thing, I don't want my sons heart broken because my dog killed or hurt his cat.

    Now to be honest, I don't like cats a whole lot, and I'm allergic to them. Long hairs seem to be better than the short hairs for me so that's where I get to make the decision - it will be long haired. I say "it" because we haven't decided on male or female. I can tolerate the long hair (i.e. it doesn't make me sneeze and itch myself to death, just minor allergy). I have no expectations of my son to be the caretaker of said cat/kitten obviously but it will be good to teach him responsibility considering I'll be there to make sure the animal is taken care of.

    I tried to convince him a puppy would be better and easier to integrate, but he wants a cat, seriously, who turns down a puppy for a cat? No idea why but it's been a long time and he's not giving up on this. I've finally broken down to a "we'll see" instead of a "no we can't have a cat because..."

    Also, I know that black dogs usually have lower adoption rates, is it the same with cats? For "just a pet" I'd like to find one that really needs a home, though I have to say I'm more drawn to a white/siamese looking cat personally. I haven't asked my son because I don't want to get his hopes really high and find out that Lacey won't be nice to a kitty and he can't have one.

    So what do you guys think, can it be done?
     
  2. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    I would meet the cat and hold it a bit first to test your allergies. I speak from experience, for not just the length of the hair.

    Any older cat will need a home. And just like a dog get one that appeals to your family and will be a good fit. Cats are as individual as dogs are.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    as the black thing, its DEFINETLY the same with kittens. the black ones are often the LAST ones to get a home and often the ones PTS because they kind of fade into the background and dont catch the eyes of people

    as for getting a kitten, i think its a FANTASTIC idea. kittens are loving and playful, but aren't the same crazy amount of responsibility as a puppy. my aunt bought a kitten for her neice and its working out perfectlly, her little girl feeds her in the morning, cleans the litter box and brushes her and thats basically all there is to it.

    as for allergies, here are some tips my mom uses

    - wash the cats bedding OFTEN
    - if you have carpet, vacuum
    - febreze makes a great smelling airspray that is also an allergen reducer

    brush the kitty once a day, and they also have moist cat bath wipes that help with cat dander

    keep the kitty off the furniture, cats LOVE couches and stuff. but giving them their own place to hide (high and away from the dogs) it will soon become their favorite place

    CAT TREES = <3 they make some great modern easy to clean ones and its always been a favorite of cats in our house


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  4. AGonzalez

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    I'm kind of partial to the look of this one
    Adopt a Siamese: Ziggy: Petfinder

    or this one

    Adopt a Domestic Long Hair: Sassy: Petfinder

    The 2nd one reminds me of the cat I had growing up (long haired as well) which I loved to death. She was vocal but not annoying, cuddly but not smothering...

    Then again, it's up to my boy, but a dark haired (or black) would be better because my furniture is dark. Personality counts for more than anything really.
     
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    babymomma Remembering Casey ♥

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    lol.. Get your cat used to baths If your allergic.. Sounds crazy But my aint has allergies and it helps if she bathes him every now and then.
     
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    Can't I skip a step there and vacuum the cat? :rofl1: I do it to Lily, she doesn't seem to mind the brush part of the vacuum too much. I am also a Febreze-***** and soak my house in it to begin with, so that will help.

    Ok cat people, what's a good cat litter to use? I cannot stand the smell of cat pee at all so I need something that smells decent and covers that nasty smell.
    Hubby agreed to getting Matt a kitty for his birthday so we should have a new addition soon.
    Also, what kind of stuff do cats need? I understand a cat box, litter, dishes, food...what am I missing here? A new puppy, easy! A cat? No clue, lol.
     
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    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    Toys! The little 99 cent ones are really popular. If you hate cat smell, consider a litter box from Booda, they have mini "hallways" that help block smell the litter can't block. A collar if you're worried about the kitten getting out anywhere and a belled cat is much easier to find when they're playing hide and seek with you.
     
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    A scratching post.........or if you have room, a cat tree is wonderful and has material that the cat llikes to scratch.
    Cat nip to attract the cat to the tree or scratching post in the beginning.
     
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    Well here is my list
    - litter box for kittens usually start from low normal ones and work your way to to the hooded ones
    - litter (my fave is precious cat ultra premium cat litter) Amazon.com: Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter: Home & Garden
    - Bowls/ mat for under bowls
    - Wet food
    - CHEAP toys lol most are like $1, little furry mice, bell balls thingy, crinkly bits, cat teaser toy
    - cat scratching post/cat tree thingy.. amazon has some great cheap ones
    Amazon.com: Armarkat Cat scratching post condo B2501: Home & Garden
    - Breakaway collar and tag with bell. if the cat is going to be indoor only. i always write "if im alone/outside, im lost!". the bell just gives birds and such a chance to get away before the cat kills them lol
    - Brush, a good slicker brush usually does the trick plus a softer brush
    - kitty wipes, (baby wipes work fine 2) like giving ur kitty a bath but without risk of injury lol cats usually like the wipes
    - Nail trimmer, the earlier they get used to it, the better.
    - LASER POINTER!!! lol nuff said'
     
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    Dont use clump litter.. SOme dogs like to snack on it and it can be dangerous.
     
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    First of all I have to say, I'm really glad to hear that you've found a place for Lily :)

    I agree with Dekka, you should probably spend some time up close with cats before saying yes to your son to make sure your allergies aren't too bad. As for Lacey, don't shelters let you bring your dog in to meet the cat before adopting? When I was looking at a kitten at the shelter they offered to let me bring my dogs down to see how he'd react to them.
     
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    Our cats loved stuff like smooshed plastic pop bottles and twist ties for toys. HOURS of entertainment to be had for free. :p
     
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    Catnip.. Nothin like a high kitteh.. :p

    Litter box will depend on the individual kitteh kat. Some dont like to be closed in and oddly enough, some like privacy :S..

    Wet food is a must...

    I also dont recomend letting it outside, i cant tell you what to do obviously but would you let your dog run loose? People put poison out for them, shoot them. etc.

    For the first week at leat kitteh should have its own small room and gradually be let into knew rooms. Maybe keep a baby gated small guest room or something for the cat to get into the room without being disturbed by the dogs or children. Kittehs like some alone time sometimes.
     
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    Yes it will be an indoor only cat, that's for certain. I'm afraid of what could happen to a cat that's out wandering and how much heartbreak it would cause if the cat didn't come back.

    Brushes I have lots of, I imagine same brush for the dog can be used on the cat (furminator and a slicker)
    I'll see what I can find, I'm going to give my son the stuff he needs for a kitty for his birthday then we're going to make a trip to the Humane Society or a rescue and let him pick out a long haired cat/kitten.
     
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    They love boxes .. Oddly enough.. these things are weird.. And pretty simple.
     
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    Oh I"m also going to do the "sniff" test on cats at the shelter...short haired cats set my sinuses off almost immediately so I don't think it will take very long for me to know if that cat is going to be ok for me or not. I feel bad limiting my kid because of my allergies, but hey, at least he's being allowed to have a kitty.
     
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    Soooo true, we have pictures of our Jade in a variety of boxes including a tissue box we kept around for quite a while just so she could sleep in it.

    ETA: Sniffing a cat in a shelter probably won't help. I'm only allergic to long haired cats really but a shelter will always set me off. Perhaps try handling the cat in one of the meet and greet rooms.
     
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    We have found it works great to have a gate in the doorway to the room where we feed our cats and where the litter box is. That was the dog can't get to either. Some people put them up on the dryer, too. I'm sure there are quite a few creative ways to keep the doggies out of the food and litter, but we were fortunate to have a storage room that houses our kitties' food and litter, and has a gate in the doorway.

    Actually, our vet had told us sprinkling meat tenderizer on the cats' food would make their poop distatesful to dogs. I couldn't vouch for that, though. We never tried it.
     
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    Actually, some cats will let you vacuum them! I was able to vacuum my cat Sam (RIP), but never tried until about a year before he died. My other cat wanted nothing to do with it though :p

    For litter I really like Feline Pine. Feline pine is recycled wood pellets that turn into sawdust after drying, and I've never noticed a urine odor with it.

    As for supplies, that's pretty much it for necessities. Cats tend to play with whatever they want. Bring home a nice expensive cat toy? Great, they'll play with the receipt or the bag it came in. You can also get a bed, but they'll sleep wherever they want to. Cat trees are awesome, but my boys have done fine without one and just hang out on the backs of chairs or on top of the dog crates if they want to get up higher. I don't keep a collar on my boys since they aren't allowed outside.

    One thing you will want to get if you don't have a spare already is a crate for trips to the vet, etc.
     
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    Ive hear of people doing the meat tederizer stuff before, It works for some but not all *shrug*
     

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