Wanting to Adopt
But my parents don't like cats. We already have a dog, but I'm not much of a dog person. I LOVE cats. I've been volunteering in the cat section at my local Petsmart, and there's a cat there that I've fallen in love with. There were a few others before that I wanted to adopt, but this cat... I don't know. I believe that there's a special bond formed when the animal chooses you to be its owner, and I feel like he's chosen me. The first time I held him, he let me hold him on his back and he fell asleep in my arms. He is the sweetest cat, and I absolutely love him. I would adopt him in a heartbeat.
My mom recently got remarried and I now have a step brother that lives at home with us. He likes cats, but my step dad doesn't. I think my mom might be able to convince him to let me get the cat, but the problem is, I need to convince her to let me get the cat. She liked my old cat, which this cat reminds me of. She said he was cool and sweet, and she loved him. I really think she might like this cat, if I got her to even consider it.
The thing is, my sisters don't take care of animals well without huffing and puffing about having to do it. I'm going off to college this fall, but the college is close enough that I can come visit whenever I have time to, which could be as often as every other day or on the weekends. If we adopted him, I could care for him and get him settled in and used to everyone else during the summer, then when I go to college his care would fall on my step brother or my sisters. I think my step brother would take care of him, as he does like cats. I'm hoping that if I can convince him to help me out and take care of him while I'm away, I might be able to win my mom over.
The house is huge, but he would only be staying on the bottom floor, where my room is. His litter box would be in my bathroom, and all of his things will be in my room or one of the rooms in my part of the house. We have an in-law suite that me and my brother both stay in, and it has one spare room and a kitchen. I was thinking his cat tree and whatnot could be put in the spare room, and his food can be in the kitchen. I think I have it worked out so that he could be cared for and loved. I know my sisters will like him, and he'll play and cuddle. He's the only cat I know that will let you hold him for hours. He just loves to be cuddled and pet.
I'm worried if I don't jump at this opportunity now, I might lose him and not be able to adopt him. I've already lost one cat at the shelter that I feel had chosen me, but I can't do anything about that now. All I can do is try to adopt this one, which I feel like I'm more attached to anyway.
What do you guys think? Do you think I should try to convince my parents? I really want him, and I know I'll take care of him, but I have to convince my siblings to help out while I'm at college. I'll be here on the weekends to take care of him, and whenever I manage to get an apartment (which will hopefully be soon. I could technically have an apartment now, but I don't think my dad will go for it and help me with the money), I could bring him with me.
He's $95 to adopt, and I'm estimating that a litter box, litter, food bowls, and food will be about $45-ish. I can get a simple litter pan, since that's what he has now in the shelter, and be able to get something better later on. I'll need to get him a scratching post, which should be only about $20, or more if I want to get him a tree instead. I should be spending around $200, more or less.
I'll be graduating this June, and I'll be able to pay back my parents with whatever money I get, or he could simply be an early graduation gift. I volunteer at the shelter, so I'm almost positive I'll get approved to adopt him. The woman in charge knows me and has seen me with him. One of the other volunteers actually told me I should adopt him, because he seems to love me so much.
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