How do you know when you're ready for...

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Registered: 01-26-2005
How do you know when you're ready for...
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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 3:38pm

...a new kitty.

To reiterate, I lost my almost 12 year old kitty, Spice, last summer to kidney failure. We waited almost 6 months to get Mia a new friend, because I felt horrible thinking that I was replacing Spice. We wanted someone who was completely non-aggressive towards Mia, because we didn't want her to feel threatened. We adopted Samuel, & he was perfect in every way. We only had him for four months, until we lost him to FIP.

I wasn't planning on getting a new cat ever, or at least for a very long time. The main reason that I want one is because I hate leaving Mia home alone when we leave. It's so much nicer if she has a friend to hang out with.

Well, my mom volunteers at Petsmart with the cat adoptions, so I went there the other day just to play with kitties, & completely fell in love with one named Squeaky. He was so sweet & laid back, & he's 3 years old too. I've heard that cats between 3 & 10 are very unlikely to get the mutated virus of FIP, & if they live in a shelter, they probably already have the non-mutated version anyway.

Well, I just don't know how to know if I'm ready to adopt him or anyone yet. I just feel like I'm going to regret it if somebody else snatches him up.

Thanks for reading so much! Thoughts?

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 6:31am

Working in an animal hospital I see this all the time and it really varies! I've seen people go right out immediately and get a new pet and I've also seen people wait YEARS! For me personally, I knew when it was right and the right circumstance came along - my kitty ^Pudd^ was put to sleep about 8 years ago (can't believe it's been that long!) and it took me almost 2 years to get another kitty but then Timmy came into my life while I was working one day and it was just right... he is my baby now but I will never forget ^Pudd.^

Cat =^..^=
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 8:40am

I agree with Cat.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 1:22pm

I agree too that you know when the time is right and it's not about time.


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