Are men with cats odd?


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Nov3-11, 09:28 AM
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So... here's the deal. I live alone and I'd love to have some company. Girls make the best pets (oh, god, don't flame me... just let me have my joke), but I'm looking for something less likely to judge me for where I leave my dirty socks.

I live in a small condo and I often travel for a few days at a time for work.

I kind of think a dog is out even though I love dogs. There are lots of people that have dogs in my condo community, but the place is small, and I don't have much of a yard. Not to mention it would be hard to board him/her every time I travel for a couple of days.

So... I was thinking of getting a cat.

I like cats... a lot actually. They're pretty neat and clean. They don't need to go outside constantly, and can survive for a day or two without you. I've taken care of two strays before (both went back to homes) and I like having an animal around. Anyway, I have two principle concerns:
  1. I have nice things and I don't really want to have them broken or clawed at by a cat, and
  2. Do men who live alone with a cat look as ridiculous as I suspect?

EDIT: I would probably adopt a slightly older cat from a shelter or from someone on Craigslist. Probably wouldn't get a kitten.
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Nov3-11, 09:54 AM
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Men Without Hats looks ridiculous - that's why they were a one-hit wonder....oh, men with CATS. Yeah, they look ridiculous, but that's why I have a cat. That why I look ridiculous and have an excuse.

My cat doesn't really mess up my place, other than an occaisional hairball. She's a 100% indoor cat, so if you go that route, you could possibly de-claw her (or better yet, adopt one already declawed).
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Nov3-11, 10:17 AM
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My cat doesn't really mess up my place, other than an occaisional hairball. She's a 100% indoor cat, so if you go that route, you could possibly de-claw her (or better yet, adopt one already declawed).
I don't know if I could bring myself to declaw a cat. Not for the mushy-gushy "it's so inhumane, and you'll hurt his or her feelings and it's painful... blah blah blah" reason, but because I don't need a cat always trying to "get back at me."

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Nov3-11, 10:22 AM
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Are men with cats odd?


My opinion?

If you like and want a cat, get one. Who gives a sh!t what other people will think about it? I don't think it's weird, but even if this thread turned into 50 pages of people telling you how ridiculous it would look, would you not get a cat? C'mon, Flex... /slap
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Nov3-11, 10:24 AM
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Men with cats are endearing .
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Men with cats are endearing .
Hmm... I'm really kind of going for a menacing vibe...

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I've had a cat for 6 years. Dogs are too much work.
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Nov3-11, 10:29 AM
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Awwww, c'mon! You've picked the most eccentric cat owner to represent men with cats?

How about this one?

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Nov3-11, 10:33 AM
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Quote Quote by Dembadon View Post
Awwww, c'mon! You've picked the most eccentric cat owner to represent men with cats?

How about this one?

Okay, frankly... I'm waaaaaay more interested in what is happening in the background there... is that a garbage monster?!
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Nov3-11, 10:35 AM
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Okay, frankly... I'm waaaaaay more interested in what is happening in the background there... is that a garbage monster?!
It looks like a telephone pole with backpacks on it to me.

How about Marlon Brando?

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To be honest, I read a story about a guy who found a blind kitten in the middle of the road. At only 3 months old she had been beaten, starved, blinded, and then left for dead outside near a road. That's what got me started.

I was thinking of going to shelters looking for a similar cat. Maybe not so extreme, but the type of cat that maybe gets passed over for adoption because kids wouldn't play well with it, or because it likely has higher medical costs, etc...
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..I have nice things and I don't really want to have them broken or clawed at by a cat, ...
A long time ago, we had a cat, who was ever so careful, never to move a thing when walking in between the porcelain and super fragile glass artifacts.

Currently, drizzle's fiancee loves to push things over the edge to observe if it breaks; repeating the experiment over and over again which much dedication.

So yes, a definite maybe
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Nov3-11, 10:40 AM
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Men with cats are endearing .
Aww... such kind words... Flex, get your cat, as Dembadon says, "who cares". I love my Siamese, not as much maintenance as a dog, and an endearing pet. I will post a picture of her (Luna) later (breed highly recommended BTW). They love to sit near you while you work/play, and can be vocal, although mine is on the shy side. If you know someone at a shelter who will give you a heads up, you can find a young one. That worked for me. A purebread through a breeder will cost you hundreds of dollars. I love the look of the fur and the piercing blue eyes. You won't regret it.

Rhody...
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Perfect.
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I live a pretty quiet life in general... anybody have thoughts on an older cat? I'd like to be able to come home, puts on my sweats, have some dinner and watch a movie. On weekends it would be nice to be able to still do my home improvement projects or build something. I'm out of the house about 3 out of 5 weekday evenings, and I'm sure a young cat needs more attention than that.

The local SPCA place has a 12 year old female cat that they list as "good with kids, cats, dogs, and strangers." I can't help but think that at that age, maybe she deserves a nice quiet home. I'll share my tuna with her and she can help me with my world domination plans.
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Men with cats are not odd... cats are awesome. Men who worry about looking odd because they have a cat are odd, but not because they have a cat.

Men who would rather have a cat than a women, however, are extremely odd.
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Nov3-11, 12:18 PM
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Quote Quote by pergradus View Post
Men with cats are not odd... cats are awesome. Men who worry about looking odd because they have a cat are odd, but not because they have a cat.

Men who would rather have a cat than a women, however, are extremely odd.
To be clear, I have no shortage of women. Or rather, woman. Thank you, per-degrade-us.


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