Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A New Family Member for the Newlyweds Next Door!

Looks like our little “family” will be growing. We’re getting a kitten! (sorry friends, no babies yet! Ha!)

If you read my post on SJGM yesterday, you got a preview of this.

A bit of history for you… when I was a little girl, I wanted a pet. My Mom bought me a hummingbird feeder and told me that “all the hummingbirds in San Diego” were my pets. Thanks Mom!

Needless to say this did not satisfy my desire to snuggle with a puppy or kitty. My parents are just not “animal people” and didn’t want to fit another dependent into their busy lives.

It wasn’t until about 8 years later that I got my first real pet – three kittens we found in my neighborhood abandoned. I loved those kitties so much. One of them even survived in the coyote-haven landscape that my parents live in until I graduated from college.

The Mr. doesn’t exactly come from an animal-crazy family either. They have a family dog, that is, well, a dog. Not another child like dogs are in some families.

The Mr. and I are not in rush to have kids – we're enjoying our carefree 20-something lifestyle. Many of our friends have already settled down with “furry children” and their Pets end up really restricting their lives like kids do (when you can stay out until, how long you can be gone, what to do when you travel, etc.). We definitely are not ready for a commitment like a dog (nor could our little condo accommodate one). But I’ve contemplated a cat.

Yesterday I got an email for a girl in my alumnae association that she had a kitten that she rescued from an evil pet store that was going to kill and she wanted to know if any of all alumnae wanted it. I emailed her back to say if no one else takes it, I would. Looks like I was the lucky winner.

So tonight The Mr. and I will become proud parents of a little kitten! Check him out!




SO stinkin' cute!

I know a lot of you have pets. Question for the couples out there, how have pets changed your relationship (if at all)?

28 comments:

Chic Runner said...

SO CUTE! I want to come see him! How fun! :) Glad you had a great time in AZ too. Hmmmmm, now you must name him! Congrats and enjoy the kitten stages.

Jessica said...

How adorable! I love it when they are babies!

We have 1 cat, 1 inside dog, 1 outside dog, 2 quaker parrots, & a pot bellied pig! They have definately changed our lives. Not so much that we can't go somewhere but we do have to make arrangements when we go somewhere overnight. Luckily my in-laws live next door otherwise it would probably be more complicated.

I think you will be ok with a cat though. You can put a bunch of food in their bowl and they aren't like dogs and eat it all at one time. I would probably leave a cat by themselves overnight (if they don't destroy things anyways).

Tara Gibson said...

awww! I am not a cat person but he is ADORABLE!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Aw it's too cute!!!

Lindsey said...

Awww congrats!! So cute!

Lindsey said...

Cute! My husband and I have 2 dogs. They haven't really changed our relationship but they definitely restrict you sometimes. I wouldn't give them up for anything because they are like our children. Cats are different than dogs and don't require as much attention. Congrats on the new addition!

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

He's so yummy! Looks like my old cat Duffy.

Did you register for gifts? hee hee

Andi said...

Adorable! We rescued a kitten that has jumbo ears like that. They are so fun and playful.

SassyEngineer said...

Congrats on the new additon! I love animals. We got a dog about a month after we got married (which was almost four years ago now), and we have loved every mintue with her. I always had a dog growing up and really wanted one, and my husband decided it would be good for me to have a companion when he wasn't around (especially since he had and still has a lot of evening classes). She is a dog, not a dog "person" but we do call each other mommy and daddy to her. However, she is a dog in all other respects. She caused a little stress when we first got her because she ended up costing us almost $1,000 the first couple of weeks (if you count the apartment pet deposit). She got sick with a cough and got tapeworm, and she was only at the humane society for two days before we took her home! Anyway, luckily she got well and has been a great source of joy and laughter in our house since. Just last night we spent probably a while just being entertained while playing with her. I think they are positive addition if you are both on board for it! (sorry for the long comment - have a great day)

SB said...

SO SWEET!!! My husband and I adopted our first kitty after about 5 months of married life and heavy renovations. We say to eachother every night how we couldn't have imagined our lived before him. Sounds totally cheesy, but I just love seeing my husband always asking "Where's Alvin?" "Aww, Alvin is so tired" "Alvin loves it when I open the windows!" He reminds me of a big kid. We were in the same boat as you guys, wanting a pet...maybe a dog, but just not the commitment a dog takes. Congrats on the new addition! SB

Katie said...

so cute! congrats!

Miss Adventure said...

What a cutie! I'm not much of a cat person myself because I'm highly allergic to cats, but boy do I love my pets! I honestly think that that is one of the hardest things about being so far away from home because that is where all my animals are. Congrats on the little one!

Ashley Paige said...

congratulations on your new addition! my husband and i are proud puppy parents of an 8month old Old English Sheepdog! having a husband that grew up sans pets, it was a real adjustment for him and really a tribute to how much he loves me and had to put up with my constant begging for a puppy! let's just say it makes my heart melt when he talks to "Sully" in the baby-dog voice.. A grown man, my husband, on all fours wrestling with the furball. I love it! It's a LOT of work- early morning wake-up calls.. VERY needy.. and great practice for future additions! haha! so much good luck with the new kitty!

Lucky in Love said...

Aw...how cute! So excited for you :)

Sweet Simplicity said...

He's so cute! We have a little dog and it definitely makes things interesting. For instance, we have to run to the bedroom and shut the door for alone time. Sometimes he stands there and whines--mood killer. haha! Other than that it has worked out really well. We talk about our dog a lot, but it is fun for us. The hubs is not a dog person and hates being referred to as Nuts' parent. But we love having him around! He keeps me company while the hubs is constantly studying.

Sara said...

He's so cute! Love his ears. What's his name going to be? We would not be a family without our dogs, they are defintely our children!

Brittany Ann said...

He's so sweet! Our dog was just another way for my husband and I to have fun together. We could go to the dog park and take him for walks or go to a dog beach, etc. It just opened up another avenue for couple time. It was great!

Crystal said...

Congratulations on your new edition! I had my cat before we got married. I wasn't much on an animal person, but her previous owner died and I knew she was a sweet lap cat. My husband (then boyfriend) complained nonstop about the shedding before we got married. I was very worried that when we got married he would not want the cat in our home. However, now that we live together he ADORES the cat--goes to find her as soon as we get home, plays with her, and she's always on his lap. Sometimes I'm almost jealous! One thing I would recommend is that you don't let him sleep in your bed. That was a rule my husband made (he's slightly allergic) and we've stuck to it religiously. When I was single she slept snuggled right up next to me every night, but I am glad we keep our bedroom door shut now. Congratulations again!

PS--I hear you on the dog idea--way too much responsibility!

*~! megs !~* said...

just found your blog and it is so cute!! of course I stumble upon it on the pet blog!! the husband and I have 3 dogs and a cat and we can't imagine life without them.. fortunately i work with animals so I'm surrounded by people that will take them if need be and we gotta head out real quick.. I honestly don't know what we would talk about half the time if the "kids" weren't around!! Good luck with your cat- my cat hates me, but loves the husband, so I'm more partial to dogs, but yours looks sweet!

Sassy and Classy Southern Mrs. said...

Very cute kitty and I'm not even a cat fan! We have a little Yorkie that is wild, he makes up laugh and it has taught us that we might want to wait a little bit before we have kids, we are too selfish right now. :)

jlc said...

Adorable!!! And yes pets def change the relationship. I think it brought me and Hubbs way closer together. Piper's def our son. :D

Shoshanah said...

Your kitten is so cute and tiny! Have you picked out a name yet?

Stace said...

Hey! I am a new reader, but my boyfriend and I have had a dog for about a year. I wouldn't say it has really changed our relationship but it does make things a bit more difficult, like when friends want us to come stay for the weekend and whatnot, luckily we have some "doggy grandparents" that like her to visit once and awhile.... although it is frustrating when we make plans and forget about what we are doing with the dog until the very last minute!!

Saskia said...

He's adorable!! Cats are wonderful pets... so clever and independent.

How exciting for you guys!!

x

a H.I.T. said...

What an adorable little kitten! Any names picked out yet?

Husby is dying to own a dog. He keeps telling me that as soon as we move out of our tiny apartment, that is number 2 on his list of things to get (number 1 being a big screen tv). And I keep telling him that I'm not restricting my traveling until we have kids. Once we have kids, and they are old enough, then we can add a dog or two into the mix.

Laura Sue said...

how cute! me & my guy got a new kitten not to long ago. we have 2 small outside dogs already though. my parents didnt allow pets inside so i never had an inside cat... so thats the first thing my guy said when we decided to get a cat! his grandmother gave him a betta fish for easter and our cat goes crazy sittin there watching it!! love it!!! i love listening to him purrr!!

Mrs. D said...

Growing up, I always had cats and my hubby had a dog for a little while. Shortly after we started dating, my hubby got a cat and then a year later I got my first cat. It wasn't actually my first, but my first pet after moving out of my parents house. You know what I mean :) Anyway, we still have them 6 years later and they are like our children! We love them so much! I love dogs, but they are much more troublesome if you travel a lot. With cats, they pretty much take care of themselves because you don't have to be home to take them out to the bathroom, they will eat when they are hungry, and they clean themselves! When we go out of town for 3 days or so, we just leave out extra food, water, and a clean litter box and they are fine.

I don't really know if they changed our relationship because our pets have pretty much been there from the beginning of us dating, but I could see where it might!

Enjoy your new kitty! It's adorable!!

Robin and Stephen said...

Thanks for your comment on my post about sharing your faith. Thanks for the welcome to California as well! I have really enjoyed being here. It is very different than Arkansas! =)

Okay so I had to share with you about our pets in our family. While we were dating my husband gave me one of the kittens from his cat. So we have two cats-mom and baby. I was a little nervous about them living together when we got married because they didn't seem to like each other when they had little visits. Anyway, they are best friends now. They have so much fun together. I think one of the funniest things is to see how we "parented" them so differently. His cat reacts very quickly to discipline and mine well, she takes her own time. They have very different personalities too. My cat is so much more of a lap kitty and his isn't as much. Just by raising these cats apart from each other before marriage and now raising them together I can see that our parenting styles are very different. He is very strict and I am just a little soft hearted. He can lock them up in their cage when they are in trouble and leave them for a while, I can lock them up for a little bit and then say okay they can come out now! It should be interesting when it comes to raising kids! I agree that cats are so much easier to leave than dogs. We would love a dog, but I know that would require so much more work-especially living in an apartment.

He is such a cute kitten! Great name too!

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