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post #31 of 53
Gil bonded with the cats straight away, especially Rosie
post #32 of 53
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Gil bonded with the cats straight away, especially Rosie
don't you know? He's actually Rosie's boyfriend and she is kind enough to share him with you!
post #33 of 53
DH loves the cats just as much as I do! He didn't know how much he was a cat person until he got together with me. I had a cat when we got together. He had had cats before in the past when he was younger. But since we've been married we got another cat so now we have two!
post #34 of 53
He loves them! They are our children!
post #35 of 53
We adopted them together, in fact, it was DH who saw Stanley online and decided that we needed to drive an hour to the rescue to adopt him.

He loves them completely.
post #36 of 53
DH only tolerates all of the pets we have had. He is not a pet person and all of them know it. He is okay to feed them but nothing else. Butzie will even avoid him but it is nothing he has done so I figure that something happened with her former owners.
post #37 of 53
Mike's family had a cat before I met him, but Felix wasn't as affectionate as my 2 were. He didn't know what to make of my cats when he first met them. Nabu wanted Mike to pick him up and loved him from day 1.

Raven on the other hand "tested" Mike. I still smile when I think about it. The first few weeks Mike and I were dating, Raven wouldn't let us touch. He would cram himself in between us even if we tried to not make room. Raven also pretended to be stepped on by Mike for some time. He was very sneaky about it. And Mike swore he wasn't stepping on the cat. (I was thinking he was the clumsiest guy EVER) Until the day I caught Raven doing it. He would be at least a foot or 2 away from Mike, then run away and scream like he was being crushed. It was the funniest thing I've ever seen! He was trying to get Mike in trouble (because invariably I would yell at him to watch out for the cat). In the 7-8 yrs we had with Raven he and Mike made peace and were known to cuddle together.

Stimpy was adopted as a mutual decision. And I think it made Mike feel more included in the pet stuff that he got to name Stimpy.
post #38 of 53
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I love reading everyone's stories!

My SO Matt and I dated for about 2-3 months before Oliver decided he approved. One evening, Matt was exhausted after a bad day at work, and Oliver decided he needed comforting and went to sit on his lap. Normally, Oliver will go to me first if I have someone with me, but he knew Matt needed him. They've been buddies ever since (except when Matt's eating something and Oliver decides he wants a taste and shoves his big furry head in Matt's face).

Rocky, OTOH, took close to 2 years before he decided Matt was OK. I don't know if he associated Matt with loud noises (Matt is a musician and a sports nut, and he tends to keep the volume on both *loud*) or smelled his roommates' dogs or just plain didn't like him, but one Saturday afternoon, I came home from doing errands and found them sitting together on the couch. Rocky still prefers me (and for that matter, women in general), but he will deign to let Matt pet him.

Keep the responses coming!
post #39 of 53
My husband had a 13 year old cat when we met in 2005, and I had 2 kitties of my own at my parents'. When I moved out, I had to leave my kitties since they were the "family cats", but I still got to come to a home where there was at least 1 cat. When Tigger died in 2007, we adopted our two kittens Monte & Katina together I'm glad I found another person as nuts about cats as I am!
post #40 of 53
I'm not currently involved with anyone, but I would never get into a relationship with a guy who did not like cats, especially my cats....and animals in general actually.

A few years ago I tried those online dating sites. I made sure that I mentioned that I had cats and that it was important to me that the man I become involved with likes cats.

A guy contacted me and we talked and hit it off. He told me that he would be interested in pursuing an in person meeting. He then added that he doesn't like cats, so I'd have to get rid of them if we were to start dating.

I told him bluntly that when given a choice, my cats win every time! And told him that he had some nerve to even bother contacting me to begin with knowing that I had cats. He told me that he really liked my profile and thought I would be more willing to compromise if the right guy came along.

I told him that the word "compromise" isn't in my vocabulary when it comes to my cats.
post #41 of 53
When DH and I met, I had an 8 year old cat (Princess). He was a dog owner but fell in love with Princess. He so much loved Princess that before we were married, he adopted a kitten. After we got married we have adopted others together. We are purely cat owners and my DH prefers cats over dogs...go figure.
post #42 of 53
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I told him that the word "compromise" isn't in my vocabulary when it comes to my cats.
You go, Girl!
post #43 of 53
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My cats are my SO's. That wasn't an option!
Right on! I completely relate!
post #44 of 53
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We kind of adopted them together (he didn't really have a say in the matter ), and I wouldn't say he loved them right away, but he does now - particularly Smudge. He often thinks about them, which is nice - things like "the kitties would love to play with that" or while we're away "I wonder how they're doing", or things like that.
lol... same with Joey and I

we adopted them together... but he really didn't have much of a say... i guess you might say my cat care style is way different than his mom's... i really try to feed them a good healthy diet, give them vet care... etc. at first he referred to them as "your kittens'" but last night while he was snuggling them after a particularly not fun episode of pilling the kitties and giving them other meds... he was especially tender... and said ... "so you're mad at daddy now"... etc. when they weren't particularly feeling like purring...
post #45 of 53
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I'm not currently involved with anyone, but I would never get into a relationship with a guy who did not like cats, especially my cats....and animals in general actually.

A few years ago I tried those online dating sites. I made sure that I mentioned that I had cats and that it was important to me that the man I become involved with likes cats.

A guy contacted me and we talked and hit it off. He told me that he would be interested in pursuing an in person meeting. He then added that he doesn't like cats, so I'd have to get rid of them if we were to start dating.

I told him bluntly that when given a choice, my cats win every time! And told him that he had some nerve to even bother contacting me to begin with knowing that I had cats. He told me that he really liked my profile and thought I would be more willing to compromise if the right guy came along.

I told him that the word "compromise" isn't in my vocabulary when it comes to my cats.
I totally agree. If Matt had told me he didn't like cats when we first started dating, I would have broken it off straight away. That would be like telling a single parent you don't like kids and expecting him/her to "compromise."
post #46 of 53
my boyfriend and I actually adopted our cats together. I wanted an orange one and he always wanted a black one and we got both of our wishes since our angels are orange and black/white
post #47 of 53
Eric is not an animal person, and wouldn'treally care if they all disappeared tomorrow. That being said, when we started dating, and I learned her was SEVERELY allergic to cats, I told him that the cats stayed no matter what, and they lived inside, where they are supposed to live, whether his allergies bother him or not. 3 years later, we live together, we have acquired 4 more cats, and his allergies are under control. He still doesn't LOVE the cats, but he loves me, and tolerates the cats, and that is just fine with me
post #48 of 53
My bf doesn't really like it when my cats trample all over him, but he talks to them when I'm not around If we lived together I'm sure he'd be a complete cat lover but he's never had a pet, so isn't used to how much we spoil our cats.

My dad loves cats, when he was a student he rescued a cat that was trapped in the flat above his, and took her to live at my Grandparent's house. She must have been at least 18 when she died.
When Tilly broke her leg and went missing for 3 days just after Christmas my dad was too sad to work. He cried a bit when she came home on New Years Eve.
post #49 of 53
My SO and I love animals. Before some crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we had 5 cats, two birds and two dogs along with our son. We slaves had to keep busy attending to all.
post #50 of 53
I voted for 2 choices because Chris and I adopted the cats together (well, he protested and then gave in and told me I could get 1 ), but he really doesn't like Petunia. I have had the kitties for over 2 years now and Chris was out of the picture for almost 1 year and the dynamics kinda changed- except some things never change. Petunia is MY cat and I am HER person. I think he feels excluded. Now, Pepper on the other hand, Chris loves. Pepper is the friendliest cat I have ever seen tho. Well, except when I moved to OH. He turned into a a 'fraidy cat until we got settled in.
post #51 of 53
My dad hates cats and my momtoerates them my dad when I got gracy my dad yelled at my aunt for getting it. When we got pixel my mom took right to her my dad didn't even touch it until yesterday. And last night my cat gracie went under my dads bed and he threatened to shoot her.
post #52 of 53
my dh had not had any pets since he was a kid and chosen not to share his life with any furries at all.

when he moved in with me i had 4 cats and 2 dogs. it never ceases to amaze me how well he has taken on all of them and all their 'stuff'!

in particular my rb cat janet, really stole his heart. sadly they only spent just over a year together, but you'd think they had spent their whole lives together.

dh is a bus driver and one of his routes would take him past our house. if i was home he would text me and request that janet was in the window for him to see when he drove past! not me, the cat!

he has displayed kindness and compassion beyond anything i could have wished for when 3 of my cats and my sweet lurcher passed away.
post #53 of 53
When my DH and I started dating, I had 2 cats. On his first visit to my apartment, Bonnie came out and barfed at his feet. I think she was testing him out--love the human, love the barfy cats, it's a package deal! She became his sweetheart and he cried more than I did when she passed 2 years ago.
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