Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The great kitty debacle.

I feel like I should post because it's been far and few between posts. There just isn't much to talk about. Monkey had three weeks of leave which just ended, so he's back on base now. I'm getting used to hanging out in the apartment with just me and the cat during the week.

Speaking of the cat. I really want to get her a friend. She is soooo lonely now that I'm not living with my parents where she always has company. You should see her big sad kitty eyes gleaming up at me as I go into the bedroom at night. She is not allowed in our room since Monkey is allergic. She only gets attention for about 2 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night. It wouldn't be so bad if we had a couch, because then I could hang out with her on the couch while I watch TV and/or webcam with Monkey. But, we don't yet so I go straight to the bedroom when I'm done eating and doing dishes and such. Last night when I came home from work, I could hear her crying from the carport! It made me so sad. :( I just feel like it's such a sad life for a kitty to be left alone all day and then ignored most of the night. I would be depressed if I were her.

Monkey isn't 100% on board with getting her a friend. His point is valid, we don't have a lot of extra cash at the moment as we are trying to rebuild our savings from 'the winter that killed the cars', and if any unexpected medical things come up it would suck up more money. Also, he wants to be there to "cuddle-fy" the new cat. He is under the impression that my cat will make a new cat evil 'like her'. She is not evil. She just doesn't like his brand of affection... he expects a cat to glomb all over him and purr and nead and nudge. She's not like that. She just wants to sit near you, and occasionally have you pet her. If you harass her, she will let you know in her cat ways that she is done with you. He doesn't understand this. But, I would agree that he should be there when we pick out the new kitty.

Honestly, I'm not sure that I want to take care of two cats by myself right now anyway, but in reality I've had two cat's before, and it's not really that much harder. Just a little more vacuuming and rangling.

Granted, this cat hasn't been too fond of her past companions. But, they probably weren't the most compatible for her. There was Vinny who was supposed to be a foster cat for a friend and they just kind of disappeared. He was totally sweet to his people but no other animals like him. He was kind of a punk. She wasn't a big fan of Buddi either. My very old and decrepit gray cat that lives with my parents. I think she just didn't know what do make of him, and she didn't really understand the whole new house, new cat, thing. Her breed is supposed to be very maternal, and I've seen her on occasion cuddle and clean Vinny. I think she would do well with a kitten. She wouldn't feel threatened like she did with the older male cats she's lived with before.

I'm sure I could bat my eyes and make a good case and convince Monkey to get her a friend, but if he's not really on board I don't want to push it. I'll wait it out and see how she does. In the mean time I'll try to give her more attention. Poor lonely kitty.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Will a friend be good for her?


  1. That's the reason we ended up getting our second dog. We were afraid that Bones was too lonely and bored. Getting the second dog was definitely the right choice for us (although sometimes my husband disagrees) but it's not something you want to rush into, especially if you have some doubts. But if you do get a kitten... post pictures! :)

  2. We have two kitties so they could keep each other company. I got them within 3 days of each other, so they've been together for most of their lives:)

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