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Old 20.10.2015, 13:31
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Classis EF - Well I think the OP has surely got the message by now and is probably regretting posting - not saying your all wrong but maybe you can let it go.

For sure - the quote below is wrong and no-one is going to convince me otherwise. I`ve had children dogs and cats - so I should know it is nowhere NEAR the commitment required for a child.
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By all means, get a cat if you want one, but please reconsider if you aren't ready for a commitment which is only a notch lower than what is required with a baby . . .
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For sure - the quote below is wrong and no-one is going to convince me otherwise. I`ve had children dogs and cats - so I should know it is nowhere NEAR the commitment required for a child.
I too have had children, dogs, and cats. I have a feeling that the person making that comparison doesn't have kids.

Let's be realistic here, dogs and cats are also worlds apart in terms of the amount of responsibility they require. Dogs have to be walked, you have to take a SKN course, you have to have liability insurance, you have to pick up after them, you're responsible for any animals they might kill or injure, and if you if you let a dog run into the street where it gets killed you're rightfully to blame.

A cat on the other hand.....
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I too have had children, dogs, and cats. I have a feeling that the person making that comparison doesn't have kids.

Let's be realistic here, dogs and cats are also worlds apart in terms of the amount of responsibility they require. Dogs have to be walked, you have to take a SKN course, you have to have liability insurance, you have to pick up after them, you're responsible for any animals they might kill or injure, and if you if you let a dog run into the street where it gets killed you're rightfully to blame.

A cat on the other hand.....
You're right of course, it's nowhere close and I was exaggerating. But on the other hand, my son doesn't need to be walked anymore in order not to pee on the floor, he doesn't chew on shoes and he grows more independent every day that passes. Hell, he even walks to school by himself.

Not so with my parent's dog, who never got passed, the "needy toddler stage". Cats are of course a lot less demanding (you can probably guess I'm a cat person). But it's still 13+ years of care and attention and way too many people don't see it. Animals are not humans, but we should still treat them with respect and give them adequate living conditions (that includes those we eat as I'm not vegetarian, before someone asks).

Yes, I have a kid, and it's draining. But he is a resource in the family in a way that a dog or a cat will never be.

Again, I can't stress enough the fact that I think students can have animals and take good care of them, I just want OP to think about the long-term commitment, which is likely to be much longer than the time it takes to get a degree.
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Classis EF - Well I think the OP has surely got the message by now and is probably regretting posting - not saying your all wrong but maybe you can let it go.

For sure - the quote below is wrong and no-one is going to convince me otherwise. I`ve had children dogs and cats - so I should know it is nowhere NEAR the commitment required for a child.
My 6,5 year old son is currently a lot less "work and care" than my parents' Alaskan Malamute ever was, if I limit "work and care" to the practical stuff. Frankly, I had never thought about how much work a dog is before they got one...
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Re: Kitten Wanted !!

I think the reference with a child is more that it is a responsibility and that people often think it is different just because it is an animal.
I don't have children, so maybe once and if I will ever have one I will change my mind, but I care about my cats as family and I will go through everything to make their life comfortable and won't leave them behind in case of major changes in my life (I moved already twice around Europe and brought them with me at high costs).


and this is what I am thinking now that I am considering getting a Dog.


I guess it should be the same thing future parents should do before procreate. Because maybe to get a baby you don't have to prove that you are able to care for him, but for sure it is a lifetime responsibility


Whenever you decide to take care of someone else, you should always consider what you are signing up for and if you are able to give that someone the life they deserve.
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Re: Kitten Wanted !!

and when you do get a cat because itll happen right? (Once you want a pet, one day youll get one), this is probably the most important thing to factor into your finances. you could get one already spayed that will help.

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I'm still trying to get over the fact that for 30 years of loving and living with numerous cats,

i never bought special cat pillows for them...
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I'm still trying to get over the fact that for 30 years of loving and living with numerous cats,

i never bought special cat pillows for them...
Maybe your cat is one of the spontaneous variety



or you simply have too many books?



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I'm still trying to get over the fact that for 30 years of loving and living with numerous cats,

i never bought special cat pillows for them...

I got one with some points at the supermarket. My cats loved it and they were fighting every day on who had to sleep there (the pillow was small and they don't like to share).
I then decided to buy a bigger one, at the exact moment when they decided not to sleep on any pillow any more
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I got one with some points at the supermarket. My cats loved it and they were fighting every day on who had to sleep there (the pillow was small and they don't like to share).
I then decided to buy a bigger one, at the exact moment when they decided not to sleep on any pillow any more
Bought a nice one for Christmas once. The neighbour's cat loved it, ours never even tried it.

His spot was in our bed between our pillows.
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Old 21.10.2015, 17:28
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Re: Kitten Wanted !!

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I got one with some points at the supermarket.
which, in turn reminded me of the fate of mothers who do not keep an eye on their children properly...
Unattended Children

and please, please don't ask me to explain why all Brits who see it fall about laughing and poor non-Brits just shake their heads.

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