is there a wrong cat?

Denise AntleDenise Antle OhioMember Posts: 255
edited 26 April, 2012 in Choosing the Right Cat
Who here can say anything bad about owning a cat. Purebreds or otherwise?


  • Denise AntleDenise Antle OhioMember Posts: 255
    edited 21 February, 2012
    No. All cats are significantly important
  • Carole TrammCarole Tramm United StatesMember Posts: 4,348
    edited 1 March, 2012
    I think there is such a thing as the wrong cat (or any animal) for certain families. For example, if you have small animals, a cat that not only has an extremely high prey drive but really enjoys killing birds/rodents would be a wrong choice for that household. Or if a family is gone all the time, the wrong cat for them would be one that is extremely clingy and dependent.
  • Ralphie RandyRalphie Randy Member Posts: 399
    edited 2 March, 2012
    I agree with Vincent that certain cats might not be a good fit for certain people or families, but that same cat might be perfect for another living situation. Your question also asks if there is anything bad about owning a cat, which will depend upon your definition of "bad". Having a cat, or any pet, in your home will require a certain amount of adjustment, and whether or not that adjustment is "bad" depends upon the person or family. Not everyone is meant to have a pet, and that's okay. Just do your research and decide if you are likely to be compatible with a particular cat, or with a cat in general. If you have questions about making a decision or choosing a cat, please be more specific about your concerns.
  • Faye DufourFaye Dufour Destrehan, LA/New Orleans areaMember Posts: 4,648
    edited 2 March, 2012
    Ralphie and Randy pretty much covered it all. Just to add, when you go to adopt a cat, Rescues and Shelters and PetsMart always have information on whether a cat is good with dogs, other cats, children, etc. etc. All of this must be taken into consideration, and I had a cat who lived to be 19 years old. So, it is a long term committment....and that is a lot of litter box cleaning - but I loved Creme Purr, and all the cats that came after her. The New Orleans Kittis
  • AbbyCatAbbyCat Member Posts: 84 ✭✭
    edited 12 March, 2012
    Good advice already given above. I would add that there are some 'wrong' humans who should not be caring for cats (or, I should say, claiming to care for them). And since some cats are not too crazy about other cats, maybe there are some 'wrong' combinations of cats too...
  • Suzanne CheshireSuzanne Cheshire Member Posts: 3,748
    edited 15 April, 2012
    Cats are wonderful! There are no bad cats, but cat personalities can clash with human personalities. Also, purebred cats are different just like purebred dogs. Persians will lounge around all day while siamese will investigate everything and want to talk about it. We have 6 cats in our family. Bear is a black manx that enjoyed being outside. He terrorized the house and all the cats. We had to decide: declaw or rehome. We decided rehoming would be better than forcing conformity by handicapping him. He is now living with a nice retired couple in a newly built barn, and is extremely happy. So, no, there is no bad cats.
    edited 15 April, 2012
    We think all cats are good or right cats. We just love kitties but it is true some kitties fit better into the lifestyle of some humans than they would into the life of other humans. it is sad to say but some humans get a kitty and then because they think a kitty is "bad" or not longer fits their lifestyle then they give it away or take it to a shelter or worst of all leave it all along :? to fend for itself. We kitties just like humans get sad and miss our family when we are re-homed or abandoned. My sisterfur BooBoo used to stare off into space and get sad look on her face, daddy said she was probably thinking of the family that she had known before she somehow ended up in a no kill shelter. I lost my first family but I never seemed to miss them like Boo did hers
  • Maya ZegarraMaya Zegarra Member Posts: 4
    edited 23 April, 2012
    Hi, I think it really depends on the owner. If someone doesnt have enough time or wants to give their cat the necessary time, then it is wrong for that person to have a cat. Owning a cat requires your time, love and effort. The amount also depends on the age of the cat, kittens usually require more time and attention.
  • Maddy RayMaddy Ray Member Posts: 4
    edited 24 April, 2012
    On some accasions yes. Some cats aren't good with small children and others are far too crazy for the older fraction of people.
  • Denise AntleDenise Antle OhioMember Posts: 255
    edited 26 April, 2012
    As Max the Cat Who Wants To Help. Are there wrong cats? After much consideration I have to say "no". Cats do what cats do. Whether they are 600 lb tigers or 6 lb house cats. As Hemingway once said"cats are mysterious folk" but not so much. If you have the imagination to imagine what its like to be a cat then, and only then you may begin to relate and hense respect their point of view. But alas all cats don't share the same point of view from even after the exact same experiences. Just like humans. So I guess Hemingway actually meant cats and folks are both mysterious
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