Ahhhh!! So I had typed up a two hour long post of my situation, and had it ready for someone to read to tell me whether they believe I should welcome a kitty into my family .. But it made me log in again and had deleted my entire post! So I shall make it short and sweet!
I am going to be college for Paramedicine (which is a part-time, two year course). I will be living hours away from any family. I have always been attracted to animals over people, so I seek companionship from animals more so than from humans.
I currently have two dogs, Scout doesn't mind cats, more so ignores them. Mickey on the other hand adores cats. I'm pretty sure he thinks he is one! He is always trying to cuddle with my parents cat but Bearcat doesn't like dogs so Mickey cuddles from a 5 foot distance but he wants to snuggle ohh so bad!
The kitty would be living in a dog and cat filled home for a bit before moving with me to college so they understand that other dogs and cats are good and is socialized. I will be at school three days a week for four hours and will likely have a part-time job. But even then, that isn't much time spent out of the house.
I already have an emergency fund saved up for emergency vet care (currently around $2000). Plus by getting a part-time job, living expenses would be covered.
I will mention, if you guys find me to be a suitable parent to a kitty where I would likely get my cat is from one of the farel cat packs near where my grandparents live. My grandpa has a garage which is shelter to farel cats. They are very nervous around people, and we tried to live trap them but they were to smart to fall for that -we were planning on taking them to the vet to get fixed. Since none would come near us, and none fell for the trap so none went on to be fixed. There always seems to be kittens there, and I always try and find homes for the kittens since they are quite friendly.
So knowing that there are almost always a kitten needing a home there, I thought if I was a good candidate for welcoming a cat to my family, farel cats would be a good option. Atleast with cats in a shelter, they have suitable shelter. The "garage cats" as we call them, have dog houses filled with wool and fleece blankets, but in the blistering cold winter and the boiling hot summer .. If it weren't for my grandmother -and their hunting instincts- they wouldn't have any food or water. So I thought, why not give one a life in a home? .. Or maybe two. IF you guys think I would make a good cat mommy!
I know how long cats can live -my grandmother had a cat that lived to the age of 30! They are a lifelong committment, and I only want what is best for the cat. Whether that is with me, or remaining in the wild. So would you say I should welcome a cat into my family? Or should I leave it?
If you have any questions for me, please ask!! I want to make sure the cat is given the best life possible, whether its with me or not.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this! This post was originally three times as big, but the page being refreshed has spared you likely an extra hour!
) Thanks again guys!!