Kitty Kapers

I need your help…

…in making a decision.

This afternoon, I went to the rescue lady where I got Buttons from to buy a cat carrier. This person is relocating and hence they were selling most of their stuff and I wanted to get a bigger carrier to fit both the kitties in case there is ever a time I’ll need to.

Anyway, once there, I saw one kitten. She still is trying to rehome some of the cats she has. And this one kitten melted my heart. She is almost 5 months and is a mix of black, white and caramel coloured. And oh! How she purrs and snuggles up to you. I was smitten.

The rescue lady said that since I had previously got Buttons from her, she would be willing to give me this one at a reduced price of $120. The kitten has received all her 3 vaccinations, is microchipped and will be desexed and has been in good health [Touchwood!]. She also told me she was willing to give me a trial period as she only moves around September to see how Pebbles will react to her. This was after I told her how Pebbles took time to get used to Buttons. Apparently this kitty is very snuggly and likes to sleep in bed with you. Just like Pebbles and Buttons. So I told her I’d think about it!!!

I got home and did a list of pros and cons. But I don’t think I am thinking rationally. I think emotions are getting in the way. This is my list:

I would appreciate it if you readers could objectively come up with some pros or cons. Help!!!
Is it bad that I’m already thinking of names like Snuggles or Caramel?
Until next time,
Cheers!!!

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  • Maddie
    June 30, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Listen Crazy Cat Lady, I mean PB. I am gonna have to say no. 2 is enough. Hmmm.

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

      I’m still 50-50 Maddie…sigh. I can’t get the image of the other kitty out of my mind. 🙁

  • Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu
    June 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

    If your budget allows to tend to 3 cats, I’d say “go for it!” Get the kitty home, see if all 3 of you like the new member, and the new member likes you. A kitty in hand is always worth 2 flatmates in the bush. A third cat isn’t going to make that much of a difference to the mess in your house, is it? I mean, if you really cared about having a messy home, you wouldn’t have any pet! As for being a crazy cat lady… well everybody is crazy in their own unique way!

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Well Chicky, I kinda need a flatmate to help with the finances. Makes life a bit easier. I agree with the mess. In the end, I think it comes down to money (not just now but also future as Sid later mentioned) and how Pebbles will react. And I guess if I think about it, given that I have the option of a trial period, I need to mainly consider the finances.

  • Sid the Gnome
    June 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I’m sorry sweet, I know you want to home another lovely cat but Maddy is right – two is enough. Think of future costs as well as the up front bargain. What if one of the cats gets sick and you have to spend a fortune on vet bills? What about when you want a holiday? These things are a big enough issue with two cats, let alone three. Cats are not particularly sociable – do you really cause undue stress on your other two cats (and yourself – you were getting a bit stressed with two at first remember?)? Maybe you can try and find this lovely kitten a home somewhere else? A friend or family member?

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Sigh I agree Sid. Rationally, I know I need to consider the future in terms of finances. I need to think about vet bills, occasionally having to board them if I’m away and friends can’t cat-sit. I do remember the stress the initial 10 days with Buttons on the scene…for both Pebbles and me. I guess though I’m putting it lower on the scale this time because Pebbles and Buttons do get along and more importantly, I have the option of having a trial run. So if in 10 days things seem crazy, the kitty will have to be rehomed elsewhere. Sadly, due to no family here, can’t consider them. And none of my fiends are currently looking for pets. It’s so hard!

  • Lilly
    June 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Three is a crowd. I think two is just enough. Besides you are only young and you don’t want to be tied down. You want to help I know but enjoy the two you have..well that’s what I think.

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Hmm, tied down. Never occurred to me Lilly. I don’t know if that bothers me too much. But I do understand the 3 is a crowd bit. I put it down as another con. Not that it helps make the decision any easier!

  • Journomuse
    June 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Girl, I think the decision has already been made in your head…:)All cats have their own personality, and just because you have two is not reason to not consider the third. However, can you afford the chaos a temperamental little one can bring into your life, with two others also vying for your attention is a decision only you can take. See I keep asking my friends – several of them have had their third child. It isn’t easy with three young ones running around, but they say they wouldn’t change the mess for anything..so there…having pets is no different from parenthood, is it???

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I’m worried about that too Journo! I think the fact that I’m thinking of names suggests that. But at the same time, I am worried about Pebbles’ reaction. I agree…I’ll have to spread my attention across three bubs instead of 2. But then, I also notice that they take turns. Like for instance, Buttons is happy to sleep on the couch next to me while Pebbles might sleep on my lap. And yes, it’s not different from 3 kids! Except perhaps, they are constantly dependent on you unlike kids who eventually become independent.

  • Shail Mohan
    June 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

    OMG, I am so useless at this. I am already in love with this yet-to-be-named kitten. All I can do is ask you, “Can I come and visit you all?” Sigh. As for pros and cons, Chicky has spoken for me too 🙂

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Haha Shail…you are someone who is thinking like me at the moment…emotionally! Hard to make a decision when such emotions are involved. And yes, you can visit! Even if there are 2… 🙂

  • Ash
    June 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Go for it, if your budget allows…. Pets are a real joy.

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Yep, budget is the main thing to think about at the moment Ash…have to seriously think about it in terms of the future more so than currently.

  • Aathira Nair
    June 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I think if you think you can afford it. you should certainly go for it. Pets are lovely and 2 or 3 will make very little difference in the long run. And plus you can try whether all three of them are happy… if yes, why not?

    • Psych Babbler™
      June 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

      The trial period aspect is very tempting Aathira! I think I seriously need to consider the budget especially for the future.

  • PeeVee™
    June 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    GET HER!!!
    I rest my case 🙂

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 1, 2012 at 3:13 am

      Haha…thanks PeeVee…you are thinking emotionally as well like me…

  • Nisha
    June 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    You can fall in love with a hundred cats out there but you can’t bring them all home, can you!? They are a huge responsibility and I’m sure you know that more than anyone else.
    Also, you’ll have a hard time finding a room-mate who will adjust with 3 cats. Seriously, you need to let this one go without feeling guilty about it.

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 1, 2012 at 3:14 am

      I agree Nisha. I think I really need to stop checking out rescue sites every time. I can’t save all of them and have to deal with that. Doing my bit by having rescued two.

  • Bikramjit
    June 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Right Well , This is wat I will do get the kitten home and see how it all goes , without thinking of everyting .. We can do all the pros and cons and in the end pebbles might just not like the new one Or just get Smitten as you 🙂

    SO go for it and all the best 🙂

    Bikram’s

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 1, 2012 at 3:16 am

      Thanks Bikram! I think though the other thing to consider is the finances. And even with the trial period I did wonder how stressful even those 2 weeks might be on Pebbles.

    • Bikramjit
      July 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

      yes finance is a must .. pets are like babies they need a lot of money

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Precisely!

  • theconjecturegirl
    June 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    May I suggest putting off the decision making a bit and try the trial period with the kitties? Plus, writing down the financial hit taking her up takes on a piece of paper and checking if the financial trade-off is do-able might help decide. Sometimes, we tend to think in the air and then something else strikes us when we see it written on paper – especially in numbers. 🙂
    And, the trial period would also let you judge if you can handle the ‘parenting’ stress.

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 1, 2012 at 3:20 am

      Funny you suggested the writing down the financial stuff CG…I did exactly that last night prior to going to bed. And it didn’t bode well…

  • indianhomemaker
    July 1, 2012 at 2:42 am

    What happens to this kitten if you don’t adopt her? If she will find another home easily then maybe two enough….

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 1, 2012 at 3:21 am

      I’m sure she’ll find another home IHM…she’s adorable by nature and I’m sure they’ll find someone for her. Also, I reckon if they don’t find someone, the rescue lady might keep her as her son who is about 4 is also attached to the kitty.

  • indianhomemaker
    July 1, 2012 at 2:48 am

    That’s the way cats are… 🙂

    Easy to take care of specially if you don’t move…

    I would say bring her home if she’s unlikely to find another home.

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 1, 2012 at 3:22 am

      I guess that is something to think about though…if she doesn’t find a home at all and they have to move, I can then take her…

  • indianhomemaker
    July 1, 2012 at 2:52 am

    The two of them look so happy together…I would avoid disturbing them unless another cat was totally homeless.

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 1, 2012 at 3:22 am

      And trust me, IHM,that’s something I have considered too. Will a third cat mean a third wheel?

  • Magali
    July 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

    To be completely honest, I think two are enough. You can fall in love with many but you can’t bring them home right? But then if your mind is made up we can’t change it right?
    It’s all up to you, arguments for both sides have been made. 🙂

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Decided against it in the end Mags. Because of finances and the stress is could cause Pebbles. Maybe in the future when I have more money, might be an option to get a couple more kitties!

  • Towards Harmony
    July 5, 2012 at 4:06 am

    If your house and budget permits it! Have as many as you like 🙂 A friend of mine lives in a villa and has 8 cats and 4 dogs and no regrets. I guess what you need to figure is if the space is enough, if it’s not too much for you when you want to go on vacation to find someone to take care of all them. That’s it! I love Bageera and Gulmarg and they are so super cute together, if i found another stray i’ll surely bring him home.

    • Psych Babbler™
      July 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Budget probably is not the best at the moment TH…might consider in the future when I earn more money, to have a couple more cats. Way into the future!

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