If you look at the definition of “crazy cat lady” you will likely find that it’s an elderly and/or single woman who has a house-full of cats and dotes on them as if they were her children or the most important things in the world. I like to take a new look at the definition where it can include women who are married and have children, yet can’t get enough of cats and endlessly tortures her husband to get another cat.
That would be me.
Growing up, I have always had two cats at the same time living with me. When my well-loved cats Puff and Ming-Ming passed away earlier this year I was thankful we had adopted Ariel when we did because while she certainly doesn’t come close to replacing the loved cats I lost, having a cat in the house is just calming and I can’t imagine it any other way.
The only thing is, we only have one and while she’s totally awesome I kinda want to have two in the house — for her to have someone to play with and also because Ariel seems to really love my husband more than me and I want a cat that loves me more than anyone. Naturally, I have been slightly hinting at the idea of adopting another cat to bring into our family.
Then, that “slightly hinting” reached a “not hiding it, get me another cat” level this weekend when our local Humane Society had a sale going on for the adoption of their cats and kittens. Apparently they have an overload of them and with that there are small kittens (from 3 months) to older cats (10 years) to choose from plus, it’s drastically cheaper.
If there was any time to get another one, it would be now … except it’s not quite the best time.
We’re still bonding with Ariel and while she totally fits and is the happiest ever, I worry about how she will react to another cat. I have a feeling she would melt well with one of the younger ones vs getting an older cat. I would love to get her a little playmate and someone to have around with her all the time.
We’re also expecting a new baby into our family before the end of the year and I think that’s another reason why it may not be the best time. Ariel will have to get used to a new routine with a crying baby and we’re not sure how she will react to that. She’s amazing to my kids, but they’re older and we’re all really still getting to know each other.
So, while my husband may not agree with another cat, I will continue to playfully torture him by texting him photos of the sad and adorable kittens and cats looking for a forever-home at the shelter. He has to crack, right? Cats are so cute and too cute to ignore.
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