Saturday, June 19, 2010
We have been pet free for almost a year now after losing both our doggies in the past two years. My son is allergic to dogs (as am I), so we have been thinking about getting a kitten for a few months. I have never owned a cat, and everyone I talk to says cats are so easy...much easier than dogs. Well, if you've never owned a cat, it doesn't seem so easy. Especially after owning dogs. You can't even compare the two.
I checked out some books from the library, and have been reading up on becoming a cat owner. Even then, I had a ton of questions. For instance, what kind of litter do I buy? Remember my rant about toothpaste? Cat litter is worse! You can buy for single or multiple cats, clumping or not, immediate odor eliminator or continuous odor eliminator (why wouldn't you want both?), with baking soda or without, 100% recycled paper with or without odor eliminator...and the list goes on! So I did what I had to do and bought the cheapest one I could find. I hope they use it. (oops! Did I just say "they"?)
Then you need to get a litter box to put the litter in. Have you ever shopped for a litter box? Once again you (or at least I) have too many choices. There is everything from a plain Rubbermaid box for $9.99, to the Taj Mahal...a covered box with a built in replaceable odor eliminating filter. I didn't even look at the price on that one. I didn't even want to know. So just how bad does this cat poo smell? Do I need the odor eliminating litter and the odor eliminating filter? I guess I'll find out. I didn't buy a litter box; I am using a plastic basin I get for free from the operating room until I can decide on the perfect kitty throne.
I'm not even going to go there with the food. I just grabbed a bag of name brand kitten food. They'll eat if they're hungry, right?
So, are you ready to meet the kritters?
After we brought them home, we put them in a safe room so they could adjust to their new environment. We left and went to the pep rally for the swim team up at the pool, and when we got back, this is what they were doing...
If you can think of any names for them, we will consider any and all suggestions, and I'll let you know what our final decisions are. Any tips about owning cats are welcomed, too. (They will be strictly indoor cats since the foxes live too close for comfort.)