To Be A Pet Owner

keeping an eye on him

This all started here.

The way I see it, to decide to adopt a pet is more than just taking in an animal, to me it’s like adopting a furry child. Do they need to go to school or be taught to read or learn to socialize? No, which is one of the things I love about my cats. Do they thrive from love and attention, I believe they do.

If you want to adopt a kitten or a puppy because they are cute and you think it will be all cuddles and playing with little pet toys then you have a lot to learn. To have a pet requires feeding them daily, taking them for walks/cleaning their litter, dealing with their moods (they do have feelings), cleaning up any messes they make, playing with them, petting them, taking them to the vet when they are sick, finding ways around their behavior problems and in whatever way you have to you should make it work. If you want to adopt a little animal to live in your house you are taking on a real responsibility, not a responsibility until they are inconvenient.

Cats and dogs (and all other pets) are animals but when you bring them into your home and your family they become so much more than animals. Over time your home becomes their home and your family becomes their family. When they don’t feel well they come to you for help and when they want love generally they let you know.

If they were just animals then they wouldn’t be able to live in a house with other people, hell, try to adopt a raccoon, I dare ya. Not that a raccoon should be just put down when it’s causing problems, hell we have raccoons that get into our garbage all the time no matter where we put it but I would never shoot it or poison it. It’s just trying to survive, like the rest of us.

My cats can be big pain in the asses. As you know Aurora (aka Lucy-fur) has been difficult from day one. She can be mean, aggressive and will swat at anything that moves but we love her anyway, with all our hearts. Pilot is the sweetest cat you’ll ever meet but he used to vomit all the time and now that we changed their food he vomits a lot less. He also scratches the furniture. We bought our sofa set 3 1/2 years ago and it’s basically destroyed, we tried to get him to stop but it never worked. We never thought of getting rid of him because of that, not for one second.

Pets are not human. We all know that. This does not mean they do not deserve to be adopted by someone who will take care of them, love them and treat them with compassion.


  1. heather

    January 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

    totally agree. i have 4 (or 5… i’ll explain in a second) cats. one is so big we have to give her weekly baths because she can’t clean herself, and you know how much cats love baths! one pukes almost every night in my bedroom so i have to clean cat vomit almost every morning. and with all the cats, i am constantly vacuuming and dusting. luckily, we don’t have an issue with them peeing anywhere other than the litter boxes.

    and for the fifth… the night after christmas, we heard a cat outside yowling for help. he has a collar and no tags. we let him in because it was freezing and as soon as we called for him, he ran to us and jumped into our arms. he was obviously a well cared for, loved cat and we couldn’t just leave him out in the cold. (i hope that if one of ours ever gets out and gets lost, someone would do the same.) we’ve been trying to find his owners, but i have a feeling we just adopted a fifth kitty. i don’t _want_ five cats, but i also couldn’t let a scared, hungry, lost cat stay out in the freezing cold.

    1. Robin

      January 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      @heather, that’s really sweet of you. A cat showed up at our door, no collar once and wanted to come in. Sadly Aurora wasn’t having it, at ALL. But luckily we found out it had just wandered over to us to play with Aurora from a house a couple blocks away. I would have taken him in though and locked aurora up so she didn’t kill him.

  2. Grant

    January 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I like to see people taking the responsibility seriously. I hate it when people get animals for some unknown reason then stick them outside and ignore them except to shout at them if they make noise.

    1. Robin

      January 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      @Grant, everytime I go visit my SIL there is this little black cat outside in the freezing cold crying. I always want to help the kitty but apparently the kitty belongs to the neighbor across the street who does that all the time and is never home.

  3. submom

    January 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Great post! Yes, people need to know that taking care of a pet is like taking care of a child. The decision should not be made lightly. I resist the kids’ plead because I know I can barely make sure the humans are fed in my household. My kids are old enough to feed themselves, even with candy. You cannot do that to a dog or a cat!

    1. Robin

      January 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      @submom, no you can’t but you know Aurora loves lettuce, which is probably better than what most kids would eat lol.

    1. Robin

      January 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      @Jennifer Lynn, :highfive:

  4. Jen

    January 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I agree. where I go, they go, no matter what. my dog who has passed away was really tough to train and I almost gave up so many time, but I kept her and had the best 13 years with her….they are family to me. we have a cat now, and she is good girl, thankfully 🙂

  5. Hannah

    January 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Great post! Both of my cats are adopted and while they certainly have their own “quirks”, they really are my babies and I love them. 🙂

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