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How old were you when you got your first cat?

30 replies

Corygal · 17/07/2014 11:22

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.

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fackinell · 17/07/2014 11:25

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

girliefriend · 17/07/2014 11:38

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

deckthehalls1188 · 17/07/2014 11:46

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chemenger · 17/07/2014 11:52

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 · 17/07/2014 12:11

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

Wishyouwould · 17/07/2014 16:24
  1. 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 · 17/07/2014 16:26

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 · 17/07/2014 16:28


And she found me

smokeandglitter · 17/07/2014 16:30
  1. 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 · 17/07/2014 16:31

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 · 17/07/2014 16:37

My family got two cats when I was 14.

I got my own cat when I was 28.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy · 17/07/2014 19:40

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 · 17/07/2014 20:32

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 · 17/07/2014 20:35

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 · 17/07/2014 20:42

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 · 17/07/2014 20:48
  1. A lovely 2yo rescue with a broken pelvis.
GerundTheBehemoth · 17/07/2014 20:49

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 · 20/07/2014 17:02
barmybunting · 20/07/2014 17:13

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 · 20/07/2014 17:19

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 · 20/07/2014 17:33
  1. 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 :(

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

    Don't intend to be cat-free ever again!
edamsavestheday · 20/07/2014 17:45

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 · 20/07/2014 19:14

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 · 20/07/2014 19:25

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

thecatneuterer · 20/07/2014 20:15

I was also 39 and took on a severely neglected cat of a neighbour (which cost me over £1000 at the vet). Only 13 years later and I now have 19 and my life is more or less dedicated to cats. I didn't see that one coming...

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