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is a commitment. your responsibility. quite like your child, if you have one. it's not a toy, not a videogame. it's not one of those cute little robotic dogs and cats that you can turn the power off on and stick it in the closet if it doesn't do exactly what you wish it to. it has needs and wants of it's own.

it is not perfect.

it WILL pee on your carpet at some point, most likely. it WILL throw up on that new throw rug, if it's got a hairball and the urge to throw up happens to come when it's sitting on the rug. just the same as your baby will spit up on your best shirt, and your son will draw in marker on the expensive wallpaper you just put up. you wouldn't get rid of your kid for the above offenses. if you can't give a cat the same consideration, don't get one.

your cat will want to play when you're sleepy sometimes... will hop up on your desk and knock over that vase. they're curious. they're cats. its' what they do-explore every bit of their enviroment. if a knocked over vase is going to make you want to give your cat away to the pound - don't get one.

a cat is a lifelong commitment. ten, twelve, fifteen years. maybe more. it'll be great to snuggle with kitty now, but what will you do when you move out and get your own apartment? go to university? move for that job? become involved with someone who doesn't like cats?

your cat depends on you. you're like his mommy - he depends on you for food, water, shelter, medical care. medical care. if you cant afford to take your cat to the vet if he seems sick, don't get one.

don't come on this forum and say "my cat is throwing up, and he's bleeding from his ears and eyes, and his back leg is only half attached. i think there might be something wrong - anyone have any advice? i may take him to the vet next week if it gets worse". cats can deteriorate rapidly. i repeat: if you can't afford to take your kitty to the vet if he's sick, don't get one.

lastly, if you DO get a kitty: your kitty loves you. they aren't like dogs - they aren't going to fawn over you and sit up and beg for treats. but usually they'll cuddle with you, and they're happy to see you come home. even the feral who never comes out, is thankful that you're giving him food and shelter, that he no longer has to be scared for his life.

owning a kitty is a privelege, not a right. if you can't give a cat the kind of love and care it deserves...

don't get one.

that's all i have to say.
post #2 of 24
Very well said.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by arcadian girl View Post
is a commitment. your responsibility. quite like your child, if you have one. it's not a toy, not a videogame. it's not one of those cute little robotic dogs and cats that you can turn the power off on and stick it in the closet if it doesn't do exactly what you wish it to. it has needs and wants of it's own.

it is not perfect.

it WILL pee on your carpet at some point, most likely. it WILL throw up on that new throw rug, if it's got a hairball and the urge to throw up happens to come when it's sitting on the rug. just the same as your baby will spit up on your best shirt, and your son will draw in marker on the expensive wallpaper you just put up. you wouldn't get rid of your kid for the above offenses. if you can't give a cat the same consideration, don't get one.

your cat will want to play when you're sleepy sometimes... will hop up on your desk and knock over that vase. they're curious. they're cats. its' what they do-explore every bit of their enviroment. if a knocked over vase is going to make you want to give your cat away to the pound - don't get one.

a cat is a lifelong commitment. ten, twelve, fifteen years. maybe more. it'll be great to snuggle with kitty now, but what will you do when you move out and get your own apartment? go to university? move for that job? become involved with someone who doesn't like cats?

your cat depends on you. you're like his mommy - he depends on you for food, water, shelter, medical care. medical care. if you cant afford to take your cat to the vet if he seems sick, don't get one.

don't come on this forum and say "my cat is throwing up, and he's bleeding from his ears and eyes, and his back leg is only half attached. i think there might be something wrong - anyone have any advice? i may take him to the vet next week if it gets worse". cats can deteriorate rapidly. i repeat: if you can't afford to take your kitty to the vet if he's sick, don't get one.

lastly, if you DO get a kitty: your kitty loves you. they aren't like dogs - they aren't going to fawn over you and sit up and beg for treats. but usually they'll cuddle with you, and they're happy to see you come home. even the feral who never comes out, is thankful that you're giving him food and shelter, that he no longer has to be scared for his life.

owning a kitty is a privelege, not a right. if you can't give a cat the kind of love and care it deserves...

don't get one.

that's all i have to say.
YOU GO GIRL!!!
post #4 of 24
I wish everyone felt this way!
post #5 of 24
It's a shame so many people just don't get it.

post #6 of 24
Very well said! I would love to see more people take on this attitude!
post #7 of 24
Hopefully you are preaching to the choir here - for the most part anyway. I would love to see this posted at every shelter, clinic, newspaper, etc.!
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rockcat View Post
Hopefully you are preaching to the choir here - for the most part anyway. I would love to see this posted at every shelter, clinic, newspaper, etc.!
The truth!
post #9 of 24
Very well said. That sums up everything I'd like to say to all the ignorant, irresponsible people that I've come across recently concerning some of our cat situations.
post #10 of 24
Perfectly put!!!
post #11 of 24
So true Xs 8... it's sometimes never ending but that's ok I have them and I am glad to, I made a promise to love them and take care of them no matter what.
post #12 of 24
I totally agree!

Now we just need to get the rest of the world on board with this.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by arcadian girl View Post
is a commitment. your responsibility. quite like your child, if you have one. it's not a toy, not a videogame. it's not one of those cute little robotic dogs and cats that you can turn the power off on and stick it in the closet if it doesn't do exactly what you wish it to. it has needs and wants of it's own.

it is not perfect.

it WILL pee on your carpet at some point, most likely. it WILL throw up on that new throw rug, if it's got a hairball and the urge to throw up happens to come when it's sitting on the rug. just the same as your baby will spit up on your best shirt, and your son will draw in marker on the expensive wallpaper you just put up. you wouldn't get rid of your kid for the above offenses. if you can't give a cat the same consideration, don't get one.

your cat will want to play when you're sleepy sometimes... will hop up on your desk and knock over that vase. they're curious. they're cats. its' what they do-explore every bit of their enviroment. if a knocked over vase is going to make you want to give your cat away to the pound - don't get one.

a cat is a lifelong commitment. ten, twelve, fifteen years. maybe more. it'll be great to snuggle with kitty now, but what will you do when you move out and get your own apartment? go to university? move for that job? become involved with someone who doesn't like cats?

your cat depends on you. you're like his mommy - he depends on you for food, water, shelter, medical care. medical care. if you cant afford to take your cat to the vet if he seems sick, don't get one.

don't come on this forum and say "my cat is throwing up, and he's bleeding from his ears and eyes, and his back leg is only half attached. i think there might be something wrong - anyone have any advice? i may take him to the vet next week if it gets worse". cats can deteriorate rapidly. i repeat: if you can't afford to take your kitty to the vet if he's sick, don't get one.

lastly, if you DO get a kitty: your kitty loves you. they aren't like dogs - they aren't going to fawn over you and sit up and beg for treats. but usually they'll cuddle with you, and they're happy to see you come home. even the feral who never comes out, is thankful that you're giving him food and shelter, that he no longer has to be scared for his life.

owning a kitty is a privelege, not a right. if you can't give a cat the kind of love and care it deserves...

don't get one.

that's all i have to say.
Woooooohoooooooo!!!! Very well said!
post #14 of 24
Absolutely wonderful; wish I'd said it!
post #15 of 24
i would change it to any pet, not just cats.
But of course how could anyone here not agree with that.
post #16 of 24
I agree with theimp. it goes for dogs and cats to me since I have both and any other furry critter. I agree with that so much, you go girl!!!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by arcadian girl View Post
Don't come on this forum and say "my cat is throwing up, and he's bleeding from his ears and eyes, and his back leg is only half attached. i think there might be something wrong - anyone have any advice? i may take him to the vet next week if it gets worse". cats can deteriorate rapidly. i repeat: if you can't afford to take your kitty to the vet if he's sick, don't get one.

owning a kitty is a privelege, not a right. if you can't give a cat the kind of love and care it deserves...

don't get one.

that's all i have to say.

I agree with everything you said,especially and all animals

YEAH!! YOU TELL 'EM GIRL!!

We are all behind you all the way
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rockcat View Post
Hopefully you are preaching to the choir here - for the most part anyway. I would love to see this posted at every shelter, clinic, newspaper, etc.!
That's a good idea...why don't you look into publishing something in your paper, post that up at your vet's, etc.?

Well said, by the way...I agree with you 100% and wish that other pet owners would feel the same way.
post #19 of 24
post #20 of 24
Here are My Seven Rules for Pet Ownership.

It was prompted in part by a thread on this board which shall remain unnamed where I thought a poster ought to have literally been incarcerated for allowing an animal to suffer needlessly for an extended amount of time- without veterinary care.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by arcadian girl View Post
is a commitment. your responsibility. quite like your child, if you have one. it's not a toy, not a videogame. it's not one of those cute little robotic dogs and cats that you can turn the power off on and stick it in the closet if it doesn't do exactly what you wish it to. it has needs and wants of it's own.

it is not perfect.

it WILL pee on your carpet at some point, most likely. it WILL throw up on that new throw rug, if it's got a hairball and the urge to throw up happens to come when it's sitting on the rug. just the same as your baby will spit up on your best shirt, and your son will draw in marker on the expensive wallpaper you just put up. you wouldn't get rid of your kid for the above offenses. if you can't give a cat the same consideration, don't get one.

your cat will want to play when you're sleepy sometimes... will hop up on your desk and knock over that vase. they're curious. they're cats. its' what they do-explore every bit of their enviroment. if a knocked over vase is going to make you want to give your cat away to the pound - don't get one.

a cat is a lifelong commitment. ten, twelve, fifteen years. maybe more. it'll be great to snuggle with kitty now, but what will you do when you move out and get your own apartment? go to university? move for that job? become involved with someone who doesn't like cats?

your cat depends on you. you're like his mommy - he depends on you for food, water, shelter, medical care. medical care. if you cant afford to take your cat to the vet if he seems sick, don't get one.

don't come on this forum and say "my cat is throwing up, and he's bleeding from his ears and eyes, and his back leg is only half attached. i think there might be something wrong - anyone have any advice? i may take him to the vet next week if it gets worse". cats can deteriorate rapidly. i repeat: if you can't afford to take your kitty to the vet if he's sick, don't get one.

lastly, if you DO get a kitty: your kitty loves you. they aren't like dogs - they aren't going to fawn over you and sit up and beg for treats. but usually they'll cuddle with you, and they're happy to see you come home. even the feral who never comes out, is thankful that you're giving him food and shelter, that he no longer has to be scared for his life.

owning a kitty is a privelege, not a right. if you can't give a cat the kind of love and care it deserves...

don't get one.

that's all i have to say.
Well said
post #22 of 24
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
thanks guys sorry i haven't responded earlier - i've got company, a good friend of mine from Edmonton, Canada flew down to spend ten days with me, and we've been really busy, and i havent had much time to surf the net.

i'm really glad so many of you feel the same as i do. thank you for the support
post #24 of 24
I agree..If you can't take good care of your pets then give them to
someone who can
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