Atheist Ailurophiles

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2012 at 4:30pm

Yesterday morning, I was late getting out for my exercise on my recumbent trike, so when I passed the animal shelter, it was open, and I decided to stop and look at cats.  See what you peeps have done to me?

There were so many cats & kittens!  I hope they all find homes!

There was one beautiful laid-back grey male, called "Bear" that I was tempted to take home.  He was a year or two old.

I'm sure I would love the company of a cat, and think it would reduce my depression and anxiety.  However, I still see a few negatives to cat ownership because of my personality, but if it did indeed reduce my depression and anxiety as much as I’ve read it does, the negatives would be worth it.

I would like some comments from you all to help me make-up my mind.  I will read and consider all comments, and hope you won't ban me from the group if I decide not to get a cat (smile).

I've never had a pet except the family cat in my avatar and a family dog that died in an accident shortly after we got him.  So, I’ve been without a pet for about 60 years.  I see a lot more negatives about having a dog, so I think a cat is the only pet to consider.  Some of my concerns are:

1. I’m a worry-wart like my mother.  I worry about a lot of things, and so I’m concerned that I would worry a lot about my cat’s welfare, and whether he was happy, which would add to my anxiety.  I’ve gotten used to being alone and having everything my way, so I don’t want to put-up with another person in my house again, but I think a calm cat may not be as anxiety producing as another person.

2. I think I would prefer to have an indoor cat, but when I’m indoors, I spend most of my time in my combination entertainment center/bedroom in the basement, which is a small room.  I keep the door closed all the time, due to spiders getting into the bedroom if I leave it open.  Also, I keep it locked in case of someone breaking in upstairs and coming down. I imagine the cat would want to come & go upstairs & down as he pleases, so how would that work-out?  I suppose he could scratch on the door when he wants in.  It’s metal, so wouldn’t be damaged, but it might get to be more of an interruption than I want.  I suppose a cat-door would work.

3. I don’t like the idea of needing to scoop-out cat poop from the litter-box every day, although it probably doesn’t take much time and I would probably get used to it.

4. I’m on a small fixed income, so it seems like his food, litter, vet bills, & misc would take not a small bite out of my income. 

5. I’m slightly germaphobic, so am a little concerned about catching something from him.  I’ve read “Cats Are Good For Us”, and that reduces my concern quite a bit.

6. One of the personnel at the center said kittens are more trouble than older cats, so I think I don’t want a kitten, despite their cuteness. 

7. She also said females are more trouble, just like all animals, including humans. lol

8. A young guy that worked there said a cat’s personality doesn’t change when they are spayed or neutered, except perhaps becoming more easy-going.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2012 at 2:57pm

I love that one Tony!

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 11:27am

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 11:26am

That's great Tony!


Comment by Tony Carroll on August 22, 2012 at 10:53am

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2012 at 8:19am

I like the cat reaching for the sky, so I saved it also.  Actually, I save a lot of these pix, but this one is great!

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 20, 2012 at 9:36pm

Hahahaha! Love it, Steph. I'm gonna take this one and put in my collection!

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 9:17pm

I just had to put up this cool Star Trek reference.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 20, 2012 at 3:55am

Grumpy Hairy Jerry

Y U Waked Me Up? Wuz habin secksy nip dreem

Comment by Michael Anderson on August 16, 2012 at 10:00pm


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