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PETS: a cockatoo, a cat or a small dog?
March 17, 2007
1:51 pm
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Hi, Im a 47 y.o. woman, codependent and depressed, who lives alone and wants to have a pet. The thing is I travel for two days sometimes, mostly weekends, and Im afraid the pet may not like this. Of course Id leave it food and water but if I feel it may rain I may have to leave inside. I have a deposit room, very airy, well lit during the day and I thought Id leave it there if its cold or rainy. For the most part Id leave outside in a 6+X7+ feet area with a 0,6ft covered part on each side.

I fell in love with a cockatoo that my sis found at the 15th floor at work. It was clearly trained to sing (never found out the song) and affectionate but its wing grew and it flew away as I played with it. Now someone said it freaks them out to see a cut wing bird in bars - me too! So Id have to get a huge cage for it to move more freely - argh - maybe someday get it a taylored made cage where it could fly.

Then I could have a cat. They are very clean and mostly quiet though a friend said it may meow so much as to bother neighbors. I haven´t seen cats which are noisy, I mostly heard them, so I think they were hungry or hurt, maybe? Id probably leave the cat in the house when I travel if I can train it not to sleep in my bed 🙂

Now my niece is about to give up her little pedigree Beagle dog. Its pee odor is getting to the family b/c they live in an apt. The dog stays in a balcony that faces her room, LR and dad´s office (you guessed it?).

If I got a dog, Id like to get a baby one. But its the pet that I think would suffer the most being alone...

And male or female? Do I get a show of hands? 🙂

March 17, 2007
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My vote is for a male cat. Dogs need alot of attention. Birds, I don't know to much about, but cats... Cats can be left alone for long periods, they are natural loners. They are clean. Males are not as aggressive as females, but make sure you get him neutered. I've had several cats, and none of them were noisy.

March 17, 2007
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I love the kitty idea for a number of reasons.

Cats are independent, low-maintenance, depending on the bread but mostly quiet animals. Mine is the Persian Maine Coon type which I have to trim her every few months. I just bought her clippers last month. I recommend you to go for short hair cats. They are much easier to take care of.

Dogs need to be walked outside everyday. If they don't...you will have a surprise on your floor/carpet...kaka. Sex is not very important. The bottom line is how you feel toward each pet.

My kitty is medium-hair yet I love her so much.

Good luck hon for your pet search. {{{Sini}}}

March 17, 2007
2:14 pm
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Tks, girls! I hate being practical about a pet but the reality is there. I know Ill love anyone of them!!

March 17, 2007
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Cat would be the best choice if you have to be gone, you could even get two to keep each other company. All you have to do is leave out a huge bowl of water and food before you leave and your set.

March 17, 2007
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Promise, Id make sure my cats had food and water otherwise Garfield would report me 🙂

March 17, 2007
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This turned out to be a very good day b/c you people are so cool! Ill check back Monday night! hugs, sin

March 17, 2007
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Okay, I am a single 55 year old woman. I also travel with my occupation from time to time. I own cats, three and love them as pets. I have also been a dog owner in the past, but they no longer fit in with my lifestyle. Cats, however are much happier in pairs, to each other company.

There is one draw back, it is doubtful you can teach a cat to not come into the bed. Remember, they are cats not dogs. I cats nature is to wonder onto things and they love to be close in bed. Which I personally like!!

My vote is for a kitten.

ali

March 17, 2007
5:48 pm
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Sininho,

I am a pet mom to 6 dogs (one of which is a beagle), 8 cats, 6 birds (one of which is an umbrella cockatoo) and 5 turtles. The reason I have so many is because I did pet rescue for over a decade and these are the ones I couldn't adopt out either because of behavior or medical reasons.

While it is your decision which you pick, I will share my experiences with dogs, cats and cockatoos to help give you some insite from a pet mom's perspective.

Cockatoo- very intelligent, very needy. I feed mine twice a day and she needs lots of interaction and time. I do my best, but struggle to give her enough attention. When I am at work she either listens to the radio or watches tv. When I travel she plucks her feathers... so I only travel when I have to. She talks and I love hearing her mimic the dogs, cats and other birds as well as other household noises such as the microwave beeps. She is a lot of fun and I enjoy interacting with her. If she doesn't get the amount of attention she wants she has screaming tantrums- that I can hear at the end of my 200 yard long drive way and last anywhere from 10min.-2 hours. Sometimes she has a tantrum becuase I am talking on the phone instead of her. I live on 2 acres so my neighboors don't complain, but she was one of the reasons I bought a house on 2 acres away from other neighboors. While I am very lucky to have a very sweet girl who has never bitten, I have worked with other cockatoos who bite and draw blood on a regular basis. I love my cockatoo dearly and wouldn't trade her for anything, but she is not for everyone.

Dogs- of my pets, these are the ones that are the most loyal and most likely to come lick my tears when I am upset. they are easy to train, for the most part- although I have some that are constantly needing additonal training. I enjoy taking them on frequent walks for socialization and exercise and just some one on one time with them. They also eat twice a day. When I travel they don't fare well either because they need more interaction than the petsitter can give them. When left alone for long periods (like when I travel) they often bark excessively. Dogs are pack animals and really bond to their families. When their pack leaves them behind they feel like they have done something wrong or get upset and may misbehave. Nothing can beat a dog's loyalty and unconditional love- but they do require more training than a cat.

Cats- my kitties are very affectionate and have a good sense of my moods. They are more independant than dogs and harder to train, but with patience you can (I have two that come to their name). Because many of my kitties are overweight I have to feed them twice a day instead of leaving a bowl out all the time, so when I travel I have to have a pet sitter, even if it just overnight. I love playing with them and they are good an interacting with me when they feel like it. But I do have one that is especially cuddly and will curl up with me whenever I need a little fur-therapy. There is something very soothing about their purr that usually helps to take the edge off my stress. I have had to accept that for some of my kitties they only want to interact on their schedule- while others are always there whenever I need a good cuddle.

Overall I don't the the sex of the pet matters. I would highly recommend getting them spayed/neutered to limit hormonally based behavior issues (such as peeing inside) as well as lessen the pressures of pet overpopulation.

As for age... I would recommend a 1-2 year old. Puppies and kittens are a lot of work and you have to do more training than for adults. In the time that I did rescue, I cared for over 70 foster pets, some of them adults, some babies. I so much preferred the adults- not only do you have a better idea about their personality, but once you train them they are trained. Puppies and kittens go through a teen stage where you have to retrain. I found the bonding between pet and caregiver to be was neither less nor more based on the age the animal was adopted. If anything puppies and kittens adopted when they were less than 8 weeks old had more long term behavior problems because they were taken from their birth family too soon and missed important socialization lessons.

I would also encourage you to adopt from a rescue or shelter or get a pet from someone who would otherwise put that pet in a rescue or shelter. You will be saving a life by choosing to adopt from these sources. While there are many good breeders out there, there are also some really bad ones. And regardless of if you get a good or bad breeder, there are still thousands of animals in shelters that loose their life every day because they weren't adopted in time.

If you have any further questions about your new friend I will be happy to share more of my experiences. There are also great web resources...

http://www.petfinder.com

http://www.hsus.org

http://www.aspca.org

http://www.bestfriends.org

March 17, 2007
7:09 pm
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I have a cat. He is very quiet clean and independent. he does like to cuddle sometimes which is nice. I have left him alone for 3 days at a time. (with food and water) He does fine but he will ignore me for a few hours when I come home just to teach me a lesson.

March 18, 2007
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sininho,

I have had several cats over the past 25 years and can tell you that they each have their own personality.

I have cats that are shy, bold, affectionate & aloof.

Males tend to be a bit more affectionate than females on average. Also, if you don't get the females spayed - she will become very noisy whn she comes into heat and want to get out - and other male cats outside will pick up her scent and sometimes it can be a real racket!

I would not recommend a kitten if you travel alot as they need alot of stimulation and attention.

I would echo Chelonia's suggestions and recommend that adopting from a resue or shelter is a good way to go. You can get a cat or two when their personality is already developed and see if it is a good fit for you.

Good Luck!!!!!

March 20, 2007
6:32 pm
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Wow! I never learned some much about pets. *chelonia mydas* you´re a fountain of knowledge! You´re a real pet mom, aren´t you? If I become one tenth of a mom like you, I´m happy. I hope to devote a lot of attention to one pet. You have a big heart and a lot of sensitivity for so many pets. So I learned somethings… the cat noise comes mainly from a female in heat, adult pets are easier to train, you can tell the different cat personalities, a cat will come onto your bed and other things if inside (as usual), the cockatoo listens to the radio, TV and microwave!, not all cockatoos bite, and so on. Id like to have the three pets but not now. Im about educated. I think Im going to adopt a more than 1 y.o. pet, spayed/neutered, probably a female cat. I also didn’t know puppies lost some of the “socialization lessons” when taken from the blood family too soon. Interesting! Tks for the web addresses, too.

Hey, *Tiger Trainer* one more vote for a cat, a clean and independent male, but if not, a female. Either way it, may do some emailing to your cat for counseling.

*Truthbetold*, you seem like a cat lover with a big heart! With a long experience, too. Ill be aware of puppies from now on. Id hate for one of them to perish for lack of attention.

Well, soon Ill know what I can get and will let you all know! Sorry I wasnt around for the weekend.

March 24, 2007
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Well, Im going to get one or two cats which my psychologist says should have been born a while back near her house. Then Ill something to worry about, right? Puppy training, that could be fun, right?

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