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The worst thing about having a cat?

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thehillshaveyes Wed 10-Feb-16 18:25:49

I'm guessing the good outweighs the bad in most cases but just how bad can it be?

PolterGoose Wed 10-Feb-16 18:31:14

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cozietoesie Wed 10-Feb-16 18:40:42

Stepping on a pile of sick in your bare feet in the early hours of the morning. Mind you, it doesn't happen often.

I can't think of any other downside.

GastonsPomPomWrath Wed 10-Feb-16 18:44:07

When they shit out the litter tray door, down the outside of the box, then walk through it on the way out.

Palomb Wed 10-Feb-16 18:45:05

They are annoying little shitbags in the middle of the night. I hate being mithered when I'm asleep and can be vicious if I'm woken up. I'm a very light sleeper though so one single purr with wake me.

For the cats safety they're not allowed in our bedroom at night.

Wolfiefan Wed 10-Feb-16 18:45:50

When they get bowel cancer and dribble liquid shit throughout the house.
When they won't use a litter tray In the night and you have to get up several times a night to let them out.
When you get a call to say they've been hit by a car.

msrisotto Wed 10-Feb-16 18:46:58

Aww looking at mine right now, I am hard pushed to think of any.

However, inappropriate elimination can be a nightmare if it happens.
If you adopt an aggressive cat, I imagine that wouldn't be great either.
If you have an outdoor cat, they might bring you 'presents' and if you don't like dead rodents or birds then you'd be shit out of luck there.

MadauntofA Wed 10-Feb-16 18:47:06

When they bring a big pigeon in through the cat flap very alive and you get home to a scared bird and bird poo everywhere

RoosterCogburn Wed 10-Feb-16 18:47:24

Was just coming on to say when they die without getting old - I mean it's horrible when an old cat dies as well but younger ones is heartbreaking.

MingZillas Wed 10-Feb-16 18:47:32

Yes to the sick and the shit being trailed through the house angry

PolterGoose Wed 10-Feb-16 18:48:14

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pinkchampagne1 Wed 10-Feb-16 18:48:56

Ours regularly uses our leather chair as a scratch post, despite having two fancy scratch posts (which he totally ignores!) available.

Other than that I can't think of many downsides. I just love my cat and he is pretty low maintanence.

ThePrinceofParties Wed 10-Feb-16 18:51:06

my main problem is that she prevents me from having other pets - she would kill guinea pigs/rabbits (had a crack at my friend's rabbit when we looked after it), she is understandably terrified of dogs, and she is very much a one-cat cat, so we can't even get more cats.

clearing the turds out of the flower beds is pretty depressing, although at least according to the neighbours she only craps in her own garden - would be worse if she was soiling all over the neighbourhood.

derektheladyhamster Wed 10-Feb-16 18:53:57

Dead mice and being walked over during the night

Ohwoolballs Wed 10-Feb-16 18:55:18

One of the worst things IMHO is when you are cuddled up having a lovely quiet time then suddenly the cat gets up in a huff and stalks off to the other side of the room with a pissed off expression. What did I do?! What did I say?!


purpleflower123 Wed 10-Feb-16 18:56:23

When they just disappear even though you've done everything.

This time last year I had 4 cats, now I have 1. 3 have vanished over the course of the last 6 months and we are all heartbroken.

My remaining boy is next to me curled in a ball. He's annoying but I wouldn't change him for the world.

msrisotto Wed 10-Feb-16 19:00:39

When they prefer to sit on DH. Gutted.

thehillshaveyes Wed 10-Feb-16 19:01:47

I can handle all those (I think!)

Do they all poo outside the tray sometimes?

cozietoesie Wed 10-Feb-16 19:02:09

That's true - I'd better add stepping on poo to stepping on sick. Otherwise, I guess I've been well trained over the years - the rest of it is pretty much part and parcel of household life. smile

cozietoesie Wed 10-Feb-16 19:05:28

Seniorboy didn't poo outside the tray - barring an 'accident' such as a connected poo - until he was seriously getting on and that alerted me to his arthritis. Cats are very clean animals.

Vomiting might happen more often though. grin You get used to it.

mrscee Wed 10-Feb-16 19:05:45

When they bring in mice that are still alive and you have catch them, or they disembowel them and you can't find all the parts. Or standing in cat sick or poo with no socks is pretty grim!

defineme Wed 10-Feb-16 19:07:59

The dying bird flapping in my hall that made me late for work this morning? The infected anal glands that led to pooh on my bed that reeked so bad i could smell it when i opened the front door?
But actually it was the nursing, and eventually watching my dear old cat be pts, after 20 years of being my faithful dribbly friend.

PolterGoose Wed 10-Feb-16 19:10:55

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Fluffycloudland77 Wed 10-Feb-16 19:12:14

The mess, the worry, moulting season, vets bills, the smell of cat food, the mess.

Cathster Wed 10-Feb-16 19:13:14

When they poo outside the tray on the carpet - lucky the carpet is old!

When they thunder round the house chasing each other and the baby has just gone to sleep (although in fairness they've never woken her yet!)

That's about it!

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