I am not an animal person. I tell my family, “I do children, I don’t do pets.” I don’t like cats and don’t prefer dogs. My daughter was given 2 fish once many many years ago, along with a Little Mermaid fish tank. She kept forgetting to feed the fish and after a couple of months, I stopped reminding her. 15 months later, the tank was a swamp, but surprisingly not smelly!! I had completely forgotten all about it. But the fish WERE STILL ALIVE!!
When we finally got around to taking care of them and cleaning the tank, the goldfish were COMPLETELY WHITE! The man at the pet store said they were old, it was like grey hair. But within 3 days of cleaning the tank and finally feeding them again, they died. Must have been the shock — I’m not sure which was more shocking: the state of the tank before we cleaned it OR the fact that we actually DID clean it!!
So, that was our last foray into pet ownership. Until a stray white very young kitten followed my daughter home the other day. She, the kitten, is very affectionate and sweet. She climbs on us, is friendly and not afraid at all. I have been so taken with her that I have been tempted to actually keep her.
But then I realized:
- she needs to be trained to use the litter box (I don’t even know how to potty train a child!)
- she would need to be spayed/neutered (whatever you do to a girl cat)
- she would need to be declawed
- she may have fleas
- she likes ME and sits on ME and skulks around under MY feet
- we cannot afford any of these things, let alone her food
- she smells and I am very sensitive to smells
So, unfortunately for my children, it looks as though the faint hope for keeping this cat has gone the way of the Dodo! They are sad. Part of me is sad too. BUT I still have my children!
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