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September 2010
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Missing Left Sock Beast [userpic]

Dilemma time.

There is a woman on my Freecycle list who wants to adopt out her five-year-old female cat (because she's just had a baby and evidently her husband and the baby are both exhibiting allergies)...

...it's a $200 pet deposit and $10 more a month on my rent. Do I adopt?

Other considerations:

1) I've never been owned by a cat.
2) I don't know if she'll come with litter & so forth
3) The local shelter is a no-kill shelter
4) I'll be gone for six days at the end of the month, when she'll have been with me less than a week, and won't be able to deliver her to family for cat sitting.
5) Not to mention rootiekazootie's kittens.
6) And Zig and Zag.


Are Zig and Zag still alive? If so, how long do they have?

Sorry, being practical about such things.

Otherwise, I'd say you definitely need a kitty.

Zig and Zag are still alive, and probably have another year to eighteen months of lifespan left.

She’ll probably come with all the usual paraphernalia of cat ownership: feeding dish, litter box, whatever kibble and litter is currently available. If she’ll have been with you less than a week before you vanish for several days, you might want to see if you can take her when you get back, to minimize the amount of kitty confusion involved. (Cats generally don’t like change.) You should also find out how clever the cat is; I wouldn’t leave Zig and Zag alone with Cleo or Yeti unless I’d secured their cage so it couldn’t be knocked over, and verified that there was no way a clever paw or jaw could open the cage door.

Here's what to do:

Sit quietly. Light a candle for illumination. Ask for guidance. Listen to your heart. It never lies, it's just up to you to really listen to the answer.

If it turns out to be yes, then be sure to completely cat proof the rat cage. It can be done. I have g-pigs, remember, and two cats who enjoy sitting atop the cage. I also have terriers and all can be kept safely as long as one takes proper precautions.

My heart, unfortunately, told me no the other day when I was offered a rabbit. :(

My kitties and my rats get along rather well. The cats like to stare at them. It's like cat TV. When I have the ratties out on the couch - with me there - the cats will sit on the couch and just let the ratties run around. I leave the ratties cages open all the time as well and have not had any incedents.