It has been decided! The boyfriend and I are getting a kitty sometime VERY soon! Of course we have been talking about it for a good long while, and yesterday things came to a decision. For some reason I looked up the animal shelter nearby and was looking at their pictures of their cats. My boyfriend's cat just passed away a couple months ago (he had Meow Mix since he was 3 ish, his first memory is going to pick him out. He also has said that there were various points in his life when his best friend was his cat. Needless to say he's been missing a fluff ball in his life for a while now). It has been really hard on him.
The big issues were 1) we're leaving in fall for Denmark for a coupld months and 2) this house is owned by his parents, and we didn't know how they would feel about it. After a while of talking about pos-neg things about having a kitty, I decided that if his mom said ok then we would get one.
He calls his mom, and awkwardly brings up the fact that we have been thinking about a cat. She then proceeds to tell him that his sister in Arizona has a cat (that none of them knew about for a long time, lol). He said she was hesitant, and then asked the question, "who will take care of them when you both are gone?" and he said, "well, we thought you could take him.....?"
At that point his mom was ecstatic and said of course. So, hooray! Obviously the need for kitty lovin, especially since Meow Mix died has reached through this family. I am so glad that they are animal people too
So, the search begins next week! We are baby sitting my doggie Sunny this week, and then after that we will start the search! His mom even offered to come up to help us pick one out
We want an adult cat, maybe not necessarily an adult but definitely not a kitten. I would love to, but I don't think we have the time or patience to deal with a baby.
Helpful advice would be awesome! I've never had a cat before, but we've decided that we will be putting in a kitty door to the garage (its all a one story house) and putting the litter box in there. Is that a good idea? Also, has anyone dealt with bringing an adult cat into a home? How long should we let her settle in before letting her outside? And how can we pick the best cat for us when all we have to experience is the sterile environment of the shelter?
ANY and ALL advice would be helpful!!! Thanks so much guys. I'm so excited!!