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post #1 of 41
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For years my family and I been arguing the pros and cons of life with cats. If they are worth living with. I can still make them laugh some of the antics my cats do. 

These 'dog' people don't get the same bond feeling with any cat. With their sticky claws and hissing.

The litter box is the worse I finally got. What is the difference between cleaning the yard and a litter box. Same work. In the house, the people debate its in the house..

Yesterday, Sunday, my Mother said she rather have me and my cats coming live with her, than to go to a nursing home. She is getting close to that and she knows it.

But she is braking down about the cats. Willing to try to live with them. She knows I have been known to kick out others for not treating my cats fairly...

Its always interesting

post #2 of 41
I always go by the saying 'the cats live here, you don't' when dealing with people that 'hate' cats. My MIL doesn't like animals in the house, but when she comes to my home, the dogs are running around and at least one cat ventures out for the visit. I make sure my animals are trained not to jump up and they settle pretty quickly when people come in, but at the end of the day, it's their house, not my MIL's. Now, I don't take my animals to her house though either because they would have to stay outside, which is not something they do.

I was at work the other day and all the 'hate cat' people were hating so I showed them the video of 'surprised kitty'. You know the little gray kitten on its back that throws its little arms in the air, and every single one of those cat haters laughed and smiled.

Cat haters just haven't met the right cats. LOL
post #3 of 41

I would choose cleaning out a litter box a few times a week than taking a dog outside to potty more than once a day!!

post #4 of 41

A good friend of mine bought a kitten from me to company his dog while he's at work. His dog who is probably 2-3 years old (French Bulldog) still isn't completely housebroken, the kitten is.wink.gif 

(The kitten and the dog are getting along well now after the kitten got used to the dog which was a bit scary at first smile.gif).

post #5 of 41

The majority of my extended family are "cat" people, except my sister. When she comes to my city to visit, she won't stay here because we keep the litter box in the spare room and she thinks it's gross. Oh well for her! This is Riley's house. 

My BF too, he always said he wasn't a cat people. I always wanted a cat. So I said well, then we don't have to move in together I'll get my own apt with a cat. Alas, he said we could get a kitty and now him and Riley are best buddies! I wake up in the morning and they're cuddling together on the couch. 

post #6 of 41
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Cat haters just haven't met the right cats. LOL


This is definitely true! I grew up in a family of dog lovers. They didn't "hate" cats, my dad loved all animals but my mom was allergic to cats so I was never really exposed to them growing up except for the rare stray I gave water and tuna to. I always thought they were, for the most part, aloof and self centered (which, some are laughing02.gif ). It wasn't until I was on my own living with my boyfriend that I got my first kitty. He was a little 9 week old kitten my boss found at the boat dock. He brought it back to the shop (he is a BIG animal lover) because the rats were eyeing him up for lunch. I convinced my boyfriend to let me bring him home and that's what started it all. I had NO idea what to do with a kitten, aside from food, water and a litter box. I didn't realize cats could actually be affectionate, not to mention highly amusing! I was hooked from that point on, and before I left (this was when I lived in Guam) I had 5 cats. Jasper, my intro kitty, was white with black spots. Sassy just wandered into my yard and into my heart. She was a black oriental and was VERY vocal (hence the name). Monkey was a little black and white kitten who I took in after her mother died. Monkey had 2 kittens, I found a home for the more outgoing one but I kept Bootsie. Then there was Tigger. I saw him running on the side of the road on my way home from work one day. He was such a tiny kitten but came running right up to me after I turned around and stopped. He was a siamese mix, he had the points but also tabby stripes on his legs and tail. He was my love bug. Anyway, when I moved back to the states I found homes for all of them (Jasper, unfortunately, went to RB 2 days before I left). It broke my heart to leave them there but I didn't have the $500 for each to fly them back.

 

But, once I was home I restarted my collection! laughing02.gif

 

But, back to the point (sorry, I babbled there for a minute), I agree it just takes the right cat to open up someone mind and make them realize that cats are amazing! I seriously wonder how I survived for 31 years before I got my Jasper.

 

post #7 of 41

I grew up with a dog loving family.. and I admit, I was one of those dog lovers and not a cat hater, but 'They're so disgusting I would never own a cat' person. I've always said I was a dog person.

 

Until I moved out and found Monet. and there it was.. I am now a cat lover and a "They're too much work, I'd never own a dog" person, lol

post #8 of 41
My family (my side) are both cat and dog lover's. My DH's side - dog lovers only. I never look forward to having them over for anything - they DO think I am the crazy cat lady!!! laughing02.gif PROUD to be one clap.gifclap.gifbiggrin.gif I have had dog's too. It is much easier to me that the cats use a litter box - dog's need to be let out every few hours and more so when they are older.

Jill - it sound's like your mother IS thinking down the road about where she will end up having to live..... We can hope she fully understands if you do move in with her OR she moves in with you - MUMS the word when it comes to the kitties bluelaugh.gifbiggrin.gif
post #9 of 41
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I grew up with a dog loving family.. and I admit, I was one of those dog lovers and not a cat hater, but 'They're so disgusting I would never own a cat' person. I've always said I was a dog person.

 

Until I moved out and found Monet. and there it was.. I am now a cat lover and a "They're too much work, I'd never own a dog" person, lol



Me too!! Although I stated several times when I was growing up that "I hate cats". doh3.gif We only had barn cats, they were never allowed inside because of allergies in my family. In fact, I was convinced that I was allergic to cats for the first 35 years of my life... Never any problems with Holland or Daymon, though, go figure. rolleyes.gif

 

I believed all the negative stereotypes about cats for the longest time. If I hadn't been living in a yardless condo and missing having a pet, I probably still wouldn't have come around to loving cats.

post #10 of 41

I don't trust people who don't lke cats.

post #11 of 41

I agree about not trusting people who hate cats --- and for that matter people who don't like all animals.   I have found that the animal lovers I have met are usually more compassionate to people and people problems than non-animal lovers.   I always said that you have to live with a cat to appreciate them.     I guess I never really understood cats until we got our first one - Boots - many years ago.  Boots was the one who taught us about cats and the one mistake we made at that time was to not get a companion cat for him.  Therefore Boots was one of those cat haters.  I guess nobody ever told him that he was a cat!   After Boots went to RB (at the age of 17)  we adopted BJ (Boots Jr.) and Ali (short for Alexis) from the local shelter.   They're both at Rainbow Bridge now, but we have Angel, Tony and Tippytoes.      If people don't like cats they don't have to come to our house.   I guess the only exception would be those who are severely allergic (then we just put the cats in another room -- but that really doesn't help all that much).     I can't imagine my life without my cats - they're my best friends - more so than a lot of people I know.    People who hate cats, or dogs, don't know that joy and unconditional love that they are missing in life.    

post #12 of 41
My mom doesn't dislike pets, but she thinks they're not worth the trouble if they get severely sick and need expensive vet treatment. She would never have animals that needed daily medications, or that had serious behavioral issues -- she would just kill them or abandon them. (Yes, really.) She grew up on a farm and never had real pets, just horses, hunting dogs, and other working animals, so I guess she just has a different perspective.
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by AimerLee View Post

I would choose cleaning out a litter box a few times a week than taking a dog outside to potty more than once a day!!

yeah.gif definitely,cats are so much easier,I love dogs especially my mum in laws but I couldn't be doing with poop picking in my flower bedslaughing02.gif  My dh isn't a great cat lover but he loves me and I love my cats,he just doesn't interact with them much which is fine by my as I may get jealous in case they liked him more than me.He doesn't seem to understand how I feel about the cats and what they mean to me to him if they have a cold or a sniffle he would say they don't need a vet they're animals and can deal with itthewife.gif Not in my house MR!!laughing02.gif x
 

 

post #14 of 41
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My family (my side) are both cat and dog lover's. My DH's side - dog lovers only. I never look forward to having them over for anything - they DO think I am the crazy cat lady!!! laughing02.gif PROUD to be one clap.gifclap.gifbiggrin.gif I have had dog's too. It is much easier to me that the cats use a litter box - dog's need to be let out every few hours and more so when they are older.
Jill - it sound's like your mother IS thinking down the road about where she will end up having to live..... We can hope she fully understands if you do move in with her OR she moves in with you - MUMS the word when it comes to the kitties bluelaugh.gifbiggrin.gif


My sister is the only one who owned cats as well as I. But she doesn't understand cats. Most of mine come from her farm. I rescue them from the cold, being unloved and the animal killing road. Everyone else are dog people and don't even give cats a chance to make friends with them. I can't stand it when people judge by look. Not knowing from within. 
 

Yes My Mother will have to learn my cats are my babies, my children. Come what may. i will go to her house to live. I still don't know how my house will fit into hers. The cats come first, my number one rule.

 

 

post #15 of 41

First off, I have always had a problem with people that don't like cats. (don't ask me how in the world I married a dog person!!) It seems to me, that cat people are more mature and independent-they don't need their pets fawning over them constantly. I prefer my space sometimes, and so I can appreciate a cats attitude. In my high school senior year book, under dislikes, I put "People who hate cats" because they irk me with the "Cats are sneaky" thing. Well, obviously they've never seen a dog steal a 5 pound roast off the counter in the blink of an eye. 

 

As far as litterboxes go, yep-they ARE in the house. that means no scooping soggy snowy poop, that means not having to get up and get outside on torrential rain to walk the dog. This is a distinct bonus as far as I'm concerned. My dogs go out and you should see these dog people run when it's time to scoop the poop or take the dogs out at 10 pm. Funny. 

 

Frankly, I have 2 dogs, and I adore them, but they know when to simply leave me alone. They don't like it, and I don't like enforcing it, but if they are on me all day, I'll lose my mind. I like some space. Your mom may surprise you and enjoy the cats. As far as I'm concerned cats are the funniest creatures on the plant. Kairi keeps me in stitches most days. 

post #16 of 41

I am actually both a dog and cat person.  I never really understood comparing dogs and cats they are completely different species.  It's like comparing apples and oranges.  Now that I am back to living in an apartment and still working I have two cats because they are easier in that situation.  I still love dogs too and when I retire I will probably get a dog.  I've never had a small dog before always the large working dogs but being in an apartment it will be a small dog this time.

post #17 of 41
I agree with Denice and I've never understood why you have to be either/or cats of dogs.
post #18 of 41
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I am actually both a dog and cat person.  I never really understood comparing dogs and cats they are completely different species.  It's like comparing apples and oranges.  Now that I am back to living in an apartment and still working I have two cats because they are easier in that situation.  I still love dogs too and when I retire I will probably get a dog.  I've never had a small dog before always the large working dogs but being in an apartment it will be a small dog this time.

I agree as well. I adore both. smile.gif
post #19 of 41

I will always be a cat person, but when I buy a house I do think I'd like to get a dog.  I only like big dogs, though.  You gotta be 35 pounds or bigger to get love from me LOL!!! laughing02.gif

 

What REALLY FROSTS ME is the people who own both dogs & cats, but treat the cats like second-class citizens!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thewife.gif I have a friend who buys super ultra premium everything for her Yorkie puppie, clothes, food, toys, grooming, treats, behavior classes, leashes, collars, beds, etc. etc. etc. etc. but her cats eat the cheapest dry food possible - they are free-fed and FAT, all are at least four or five pounds overweight and one of them is obese and needs to lose 9 or 10 pounds - and she pays them NO attention.  She is constantly fawning over the dog, talking about him, sending me pictures of him on her phone, the dog is in the Christmas card pictures, all over her facebook, etc. but the cats are nowhere to be found.  She also slacks on the vet care for the cats, refuses to vaccinate them beyond their kitten stuff, refuses to see any vets except one in particular and then only because that particular doctor doesn't lecture her about her REALLY UNHEALTHY OBESE CATS.  Of course the dog gets special care, a special car seat because he gets motion sick, etc. She's not the only one I've ever met like that, and I really, really, really hate it.  When I'm at her house I pay extra special attention to the cats - and there is one cat that won't go near her but loves me.  She gets mad about it, and I'm just sitting there going... well, why do you think?!?!?!!

 

Sorry for the rant, but I think it's on-topic.  A lot of the people who "don't like cats" still own them but don't treat them the way they deserve.

post #20 of 41

I am the same way, I tell people "They live here.  You don't.  They show you respect.  I expect you to do the same for them."  I hate it when people will kick them out of the way or are outright mean to them in front of me.  It's like "Really?"  I won't date a guy who doesn't like animals.  And if anyone complains about my cats, I flat out tell them that they don't have to come over and deal with them.  And "dog people" are so arrogant and always saying that cats are aloof and cold.  What do they know? 

 

I even had a vet tell me once that he didn't like cats!!  Um, why are you in veterinary medicine then?  I walked out without paying!  Missouri is really bad about how they treat cats.  It seems shelters and rescues bend over backwards for dogs around here but when it comes to cats... Not much.  They figure, it's just a cat... Put it down.  It's not good for anything!!  It ticks me off so much!! 

 

Even the pet specialty stores around here... They have a whole half of the building for dogs.  2 rows for cats!!!  What the heck?  They don't even make cat treats, only dog treats.  Another thing that gets under my skin.

post #21 of 41

I am the same way, I tell people "They live here.  You don't.  They show you respect.  I expect you to do the same for them."  I hate it when people will kick them out of the way or are outright mean to them in front of me.  It's like "Really?"  I won't date a guy who doesn't like animals.  And if anyone complains about my cats, I flat out tell them that they don't have to come over and deal with them.  And "dog people" are so arrogant and always saying that cats are aloof and cold.  What do they know? 

 

I even had a vet tell me once that he didn't like cats!!  Um, why are you in veterinary medicine then?  I walked out without paying!  Missouri is really bad about how they treat cats.  It seems shelters and rescues bend over backwards for dogs around here but when it comes to cats... Not much.  They figure, it's just a cat... Put it down.  It's not good for anything!!  It ticks me off so much!! 

 

Even the pet specialty stores around here... They have a whole half of the building for dogs.  2 rows for cats!!!  What the heck?  They don't even make cat treats, only dog treats.  Another thing that gets under my skin.

post #22 of 41
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I even had a vet tell me once that he didn't like cats!!  Um, why are you in veterinary medicine then?  I walked out without paying!  Missouri is really bad about how they treat cats.  It seems shelters and rescues bend over backwards for dogs around here but when it comes to cats... Not much.  They figure, it's just a cat... Put it down.  It's not good for anything!!  It ticks me off so much!! 

 


That's why I take my cats to a cat's only vet clinic now.  I originally took my cat that was sick a lot to find out what was really wrong with him.  My other cat is one that hates going to a vet.  She gets really stressed out at the vet's but I took her there for an exam.  The other vet I was taking her to never really gave her a good exam. She said she didn't want to stress her out, I think she was actually afraid of her.  She had never looked in her mouth and it turned out she had a lot of dental problems.  This vet did a dental on her and pulled 5 of her teeth.  It's no telling how long she had been putting up with a sore mouth.

 

post #23 of 41
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That's why I take my cats to a cat's only vet clinic now.  I originally took my cat that was sick a lot to find out what was really wrong with him.  My other cat is one that hates going to a vet.  She gets really stressed out at the vet's but I took her there for an exam.  The other vet I was taking her to never really gave her a good exam. She said she didn't want to stress her out, I think she was actually afraid of her.  She had never looked in her mouth and it turned out she had a lot of dental problems.  This vet did a dental on her and pulled 5 of her teeth.  It's no telling how long she had been putting up with a sore mouth.

 



Unfortunately, I live in Missouri.  The state is way behind on Animal Rights and Welfare!!  They love dogs, so they say... It's nicknamed the Puppy Mill State.  So I don't think they really love dogs all that much, either.  But, a cat only vet is unheard of in this state.  The vet I have now and have had for about 5 years is a good one.  He loves my cats, all cats.  He understands them and cares about giving proper care and more importantly, they love him.

 

post #24 of 41
Thread Starter 

I been around people who thought it was a fun game on the road, if they see a cat to try to run it over. That was when I was young and didn't have much savvy. Now I think I would hit that person with a frying pan or something.

post #25 of 41

I go to a cats only vet with Kairi. Regular vets do treat cats differently. Most use overboard restraint when doing an exam and have a tech scruff the cat for no reason. At the cat hospital the only time they used any restraint at ALL was when he flinched when getting his blood work done. Less restraint normally makes more restraint easier when necessary. My dogs go to a regular multi species vet. They are very good, but I worked for a feline vet years ago, and I know they treat their patients very specially.

 

I think many cat and dog owners treat the cats differently partly because cats don't "need" them as much. Dogs are always demanding something, and the squeaky wheel gets the oil. 

post #26 of 41

I have neighbors that set out traps and when they catch a cat, they don't even bother checking to see if it has a collar... They shoot with a shotgun and brag about it.  It makes me sick.  I used to know where they hid the traps and would let the cats out and take the traps but they got wise to it... Went out and got more.  Now, a lot of mornings, I hear a shotgun go off and my heart breaks because I know it's one more life I couldn't save.  You'd think people in my neighborhood would know NOT to let their cats out after all my warnings and the jerks bragging.  But no... People gripe and gripe "You shot my cat, didn't you?"  Well, if you weren't an irresponsible pet person in the first place, your cat wouldn't have been out to get trapped and shot! 

 

I have called the Humane Society, Animal Control and the police on him.  They've done nothing but say "You shouldn't do that, sir"  That's how backwards Missouri is!  If it were dogs, there'd be heck to pay!! 

 

My vet may be an all species vet but he is as good as any cat only vet.  He never restrains my cats.  He will even take in strays I've rescued, spay/neuter them and put them up for adoption. 

post #27 of 41

I would like to find a cats only vet. I messed up on Daymon because I got a free vet visit with his adoption, and I thought I had a month to schedule it, turns out I only had two weeks. Oh well. But I did call a vet this morning that is literally right up the street from me, and they wouldn't give me the free visit, so I told them I'd hold off for a while (Daymon did see a vet at the shelter a few days after I adopted him, and there are no health concerns). The receptionist did say to make sure to get him the rabies shot and until then he should avoid having other canine contact... I told her, "Oh, both my cats are indoor only." It irked me the way she (1) didn't ask what species Daymon is, and (2) automatically assumed he was a dog!

post #28 of 41
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Regular vets do treat cats differently. Most use overboard restraint when doing an exam and have a tech scruff the cat for

I took Boots to a regular vet back home when he needed his first kitten shots. I'd told the vet he was still semi-feral, and he was in his carrier, which had a front hinged door, so obviously she didn't want to reach her hand into a small box with a possibly diseased kitten inside. But instead of letting me unlatch the whole thing and take the top half off, with no warning, she opened the door, turned the carrier on its end and shook him out.

Needless to say, we didn't go back.
post #29 of 41
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I took Boots to a regular vet back home when he needed his first kitten shots. I'd told the vet he was still semi-feral, and he was in his carrier, which had a front hinged door, so obviously she didn't want to reach her hand into a small box with a possibly diseased kitten inside. But instead of letting me unlatch the whole thing and take the top half off, with no warning, she opened the door, turned the carrier on its end and shook him out.
Needless to say, we didn't go back.


Oh dear lord!! That would have freaked me out. Cat vets and their staff seem to just be cat people. They understand that cats are a certain way, that fact soothes me, even this morning, while I'm getting ready to take Kairi for his neuter. I know that he's a good boy for the vet-he purrs and hops right out of the carrier and rubs on all of them. I also know that if he was scared they'd know exactly how to make him feel better. I feel comfortable leaving him there, and know he'll probably still love the vet when I pick him up. They also have 6 (yes, 6) cats that live there. A litter of sisters that seem to be like "Mama cats" to all the cats that come in. They came in as a stray litter and just stayed. That's one more reason that I adore my vet. 

post #30 of 41
I can freely admit I despise people who don't like cats or own cats and treat them like poop.

I know a few of dfs friends who say they hate cats or whatever and it is well known I'm a cat fanatic. I'm psycho for my cats. The few people df knows who have said they don't like cats and have come into our house now say they don't like cats but they like mine. Totally backwards but as long as they treat my cats with respect I will allow them here. One even found a stray and brought it here to live rather than driving by. I think they only reason they like my cats is because Fatman could convert the most adament cat hater and now Croc is our Fatman in training (minus the fat roll).
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