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Am I CRAZY?? Poss getting another kitten.

post #1 of 14
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So my husband and I were at Petsmart yesterday picking up a few items for our fish tank, and as always we walked over to the adoption center and saw the cutest, most loving little 9 week old kitten. Being the suckers that we are, we asked to hold him and we fell in love, maybe me more so than my husband (but he is a softy when it comes to kitties !) Anyway, after spending some time with the fluffy little guy, we decided to put in an application, which we should find out in a few days if we were accepted as new parents or not. But are we totally out of our minds, this little guy would make 8 kitties, I understand and accept the risks that go along with bringing in a new kitty, I am a vet tech, so I am aware of what can happen, but are we CRAZY for getting another kitty?? Are we just suckers for anything little, fluffy and cute with whiskers?? I certainly don't want to be known as the crazy cat people, but we just love kitties soo much. Let me know if we have crossed the line from kitty lovers to kitty hoarders.
post #2 of 14
" kitty hoarders" thats so funny

Well I´d say go for it, you obviously know what you are doing and know all about being a "kitty hoarder"
As long as you´ve got the room then why not
Must say though, I have to keep out of pet shops, or else I´d be a "hoarder" too
post #3 of 14
No, no, no, you are not a hoarder! A hoarder is someone who isn't able to properly house and care for her kitties, and isn't able or willing to recognize that she's doing them more harm than good.

If you have space and wherewithal to keep eight kitties healthy and happy in your home, and if you can give them all the individual love they deserve, then that's wonderful! Just be sure you have some kind of arrangement in place that will ensure they'll be well cared for if something should, heaven forbid, happen to you.

We had agreed that four was our absolute limit, and now we have six, so... I know what you mean. Sometimes a kitty just speaks to your heart, and you have no choice in the matter.
post #4 of 14
And what if one day in a couple of yrs for whatever reason, it becomes difficult to care for any of them? Nasty to think of, but stuff happens. And you know what? There will ALways be another cute kitten out there somewhere - are you going to take in every one of them?
post #5 of 14
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Thanks for everyone's advice, I have a plan made should something happen to my husband and I. I am a vet tech, so trust me it is hard to resist them. I am happy to report though that we did go pick the little guy up yesterday and he is fitting in perfectly at out house, only a few noses are bent out of shape, but all is well. I will see if I can get some pics of him, that way you can all see what I was up against with his cute little face!
post #6 of 14
i am so happy you guys got him ur not crazy at all !! who can resist such a cute little fluffy face i kno i cant are house is a zoo though here so i am banned from looking at sites as my mom says we have 6 cats, 2 dogs, 2 guniea pigs and a bunni i am so glad that things are working out too cant wait to hear updates and of course see pictures
post #7 of 14
cant wait for the photos
post #8 of 14
No, but only you know your limit of how many you can care for and give attention to.

I love all animals, but I made up my mind a long time ago (when breeding pedigrees) that I would limit myself to 6 adult cats (no matter if its pedigree or mix). For me, anything over that I'd be neglecting the quality time with them. Most of the cats I've had love people and attention, so you have to keep the numbers down to have happy cats.
post #9 of 14
Oh, I'm glad you did do it... I guess I just thought maybe you needed someone to play devil's advocate in case you were feeling pressured to take him! I'm sure you'll be very happy.
post #10 of 14
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well I took him to work today to make sure he had nothing contagious to my other 7. He got a clean bill of health as well as a bath!~ The 2nd part did not go so well, I now have him home and he is running faster than my eyes can watch him and getting along great with everyone else. I think that our kitties are special, each has their own unique quality and we make a very conscience effort at night to spend time with each and every one of them. I see where people might think that we lose touch with them the more we get, but 8 is our limit no matter what comes along. I think any more after that and we would lose touch with some of them, but we also have a lot of special needs kitties so each needs individualized attention, which is why I think it works out so well, I will try and send pics soon-he is a handsome little guy! We also are up for name suggestions, we just cannot agree on a name-he is a long haired black and white who is a little on the pudgy side.
post #11 of 14
I'll try playing devil's advocate. What if 8 is just enough to cause litterbox issues? What will you do if one or more decide to pee outside the box? This problem does happen (just read this site and others) and I think it would very difficult to solve if you had 8 cats.

Also, do you plan on having kids (not to be nosey). I just ask because so many people try to give up their pets when they have a baby. I know you are a vet tech so you probably know better.

Anyhow, I am sure if the rescue approved your application then you are a great cadidate (most of them are really picky about who they adopt to).
post #12 of 14
i have 8 cats and 3 children (children aging between 8 - 3)( cats aging between (14-6 months) why some people think that having a baby means rehoming your animal is beyond me, you wouldnt find a new home for your child coz another has come along? or maybe some would i dont know.
but its great that everything is going well with the new edition.
with the litter box issue if i see a problem when cleaning out the trays ( which is 2-3 times daily , then the cats get broken up into 2 groups of 4 see what group has the problem then split that group and so on. i know its probley not the best way , but it has worked for us. but we have said 8 is our limit , 3 was ment to be it lol. another stary has entered our hearts , but we will be finding him a new forever home once his back from the vets. as we know we cannot take on another one. i think 99.9% know there limits.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by meow meow View Post
I'll try playing devil's advocate. What if 8 is just enough to cause litterbox issues? What will you do if one or more decide to pee outside the box? This problem does happen (just read this site and others) and I think it would very difficult to solve if you had 8 cats.

Also, do you plan on having kids (not to be nosey). I just ask because so many people try to give up their pets when they have a baby. I know you are a vet tech so you probably know better.

Anyhow, I am sure if the rescue approved your application then you are a great cadidate (most of them are really picky about who they adopt to).
Thanks for making me try to see both sides. I had thought about the litterbox issues, but it has not yet become a problem, and if it does then we will have to figure out what needs to be done at the time. I certainly never intended to have 8 kitties, but our kitties seem to be a little happier the more of them there are, and 8 is out limit-NO MATTER WHAT!!!

As far as having kids, I certainly don't mind you asking, I am pregnant right now with our first and have no intention of getting rid of any of them due to the baby, who is scheduled to arrive June 1. All of our kitties have special needs and it can at times be difficult, but it may sound weird but I enjoy taking care of them, it is what I was meant to do.

We have yet to name the little guy, but he has become quite the welcome addition to our home and keeps us giggling with all his crazy kitten antics. He has also become best friends with our 9 month old kitten Squeeker, who seizures and it is a good thing, because Squeeker is pushed aside by the other cats as an outcast because he is different and cannot play as well as the others, but the little guy looks past all of this and continues to stick by his side as his new companion. It makes my heart melt to see the two of them together and to see how happy Squeeker is to finally have someone to play with. Thanks for all the advice and support from everyone!
post #14 of 14
aww thats lovely , so not only have you rescued another kitty but also helped one of your own aswell, that is such great news. anyway any cat lover will over come problems if and when they come along. i hope everything contuines to go well
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