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How old were you when you got your first cat?

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Corygal Thu 17-Jul-14 11:22:24

Following on from more (repetitive) research that says people have their first child at 30, I wanted to ask MNetters when the really important life choice was made - when to get the first kitty.

I was 39, not a moment too soon for me.

fackinell Thu 17-Jul-14 11:25:50

27 and I've had them ever since. My home just isn't home without a furry prescience. grin

girliefriend Thu 17-Jul-14 11:38:27

About 30 when I decided a kitten would be a nice addition!!

orangemog Thu 17-Jul-14 11:46:41

13, and that was after bugging my mum for years to get one grin Unfortunately my mum then rehomed her after a year, and I was 23 before I was in a position to get another... my old girl, who I lost last month. I have a 10yo boy (since kittenhood) and 13wk kitten now. I can't even imagine my life without cats, as long as I'm alive, there's gonna be meows in my house smile

chemenger Thu 17-Jul-14 11:52:25

27 when I got the first two who actually belonged to me, always had cats at my parents house but they were always my mum's cats.

TreeMugger Thu 17-Jul-14 12:11:21

I was 21, the cat is now 7. I doubt we'll get another one once this one dies.

Wishyouwould Thu 17-Jul-14 16:24:23

43. No intention of ever having a cat but promised DD one if City ever won the Premiership not expecting it to ever happen I absolutely adore her - thanks City!! grin

MirandaWest Thu 17-Jul-14 16:26:41

I was 25. Now 38 (with same cat). Not sure what will happen when she dies although I know dd would like to have a kitten.

crazynanna Thu 17-Jul-14 16:28:40


And she found me

smokeandglitter Thu 17-Jul-14 16:30:31

19. My dad never let me have them so I waited until I moved out. He's now in love with my two ragdolls! And I want more...

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 17-Jul-14 16:31:19

I got my first very own cat at 18, my first shared cat at 17, and had family cats all my life till then.

Hardly had a time without one.

fluffydressinggown Thu 17-Jul-14 16:37:43

My family got two cats when I was 14.

I got my own cat when I was 28.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Thu 17-Jul-14 19:40:01

23, since then I've been had more than 25 cats (not simultaneously).
My first boy was a magnificent ginger tom who was a stray who adopted us.

We have five at the moment. I can't imagine not having a cat, DH says I am preparing for when I am mad cat lady.

ShakeYourTailFeathers Thu 17-Jul-14 20:32:12

I was 31. DH had them from about 25 ish. My family always had them when I was a child.

DM said she knew he was a nice man when I met him because he had cats grin

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 17-Jul-14 20:35:28

5! My Mum's sister came to visit and brought me a kitten because I had always wanted a cat. My mother was less than impressed. She was a fabulous, bonkers, cat-obsessed Aunt, and she died last year. A friend of mine took on her two cats, and I was so pleased that I managed to find a lovely home for them, rather than them ending up in rescue.

bruffin Thu 17-Jul-14 20:42:31

Dh had cats when he was at home but we just never got round to getting one. She is a rescue cat who had kittens when she was a kitten herself. We are very tempted to get a second one.

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 17-Jul-14 20:48:33

23. A lovely 2yo rescue with a broken pelvis.

GerundTheBehemoth Thu 17-Jul-14 20:49:13

We had cats throughout my childhood. Boyfriend and I got two of our own when I was about 20 - one died aged five, and the other stayed with my boyfriend when we split (because I had to go to a gardenless flat). Since then I have not had a cat of my own but (via cat rescues) a succession of foster cats, seven so far. Four of those were rehomed pretty quickly, two had serious permanent health issues and stayed with me til they died, and one is sitting next to me now but he is going to his permanent home in a few weeks' time.

MeridithMcMilan Sun 20-Jul-14 17:02:08


barmybunting Sun 20-Jul-14 17:13:17

25 when I became the main cat servant to our gorgeous boy. We had a cat when I was a child, but he was utterly besotted with my Dad and no one else got a look in!

Our hairy boy is now three and I am desperate to get another one, or 5 smile. DH wants a dog though and DC1 is due in Nov so I am not winning that discussion just now.

HauntedNoddyCar Sun 20-Jul-14 17:19:00

I talked my parents into getting a kitten at 7.
At uni I looked after a cat for a discount on my rent.

Then at 24 I got my first cat of my own. Well 2 together

patienceisvirtuous Sun 20-Jul-14 17:33:32

33. Wish I'd done it ten yrs earlier.

She was a rescue and only lived for ten months with me before she had a stroke and died sad

Got a rescue kitten pretty much straight after who is now two (and the sweetest natured cat in the whole world smile ) and we also have a 14 week old rambunctious boy-kitten smile

Don't intend to be cat-free ever again!

edamsavestheday Sun 20-Jul-14 17:45:17

18 months but my parents decided for me. grin

As an adult, about 30 - had to spend years persuading dh. Who, to be fair, is allergic. Luckily can cope with his own cat, still reacts to other people.

cozietoesie Sun 20-Jul-14 19:14:49

For my 9th birthday as an unexpected present. My first cat and my first Siamese. (So I thought all cats were like Siamese, not knowing any different.)

mrsnec Sun 20-Jul-14 19:25:19

33 here too. She's amazing I never want to be without one. DH had to convince me but I'm glad he did.

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