Thinking of adopting a Mouser...enable me (or discourage me!) please!
I have a little mousy in my house that just will not go away. The thought of kill-traps makes me very sad (I am a horribly pathetic softy when it comes to creatures of all types- except for spiders. ick!) and the no-kill trap and release ones we have seems to be working much too slowly...we drive our captives a few miles away and turn them loose, but i think the rate of release vs. the rate of new residents is skewed, and not in our favor.
Because i am a patheticly wimpy anti-mouse-murderer, I'm thinking of adopting a cat from our local shelter, which has a very high rate of kill for kitties. I've even got one picked out from petfinder and tentative plans to go see her on Saturday.
Here's the problem:
I don't REALLY want a cat. I mean, the idea doesn't completely make me unhappy, but I am lukewarm about it and I kind of feel that I should REALLY want an animal before I get one. Kind of like human kids, I guess. I'm not having them until I REALLY want one.
I'm not a cat person...I'm head over heels with my dogs, who are the light of my life. I am kind to the barn kitties in my barn, who have food, vet attention and warmth and get affection from me when i have time after riding, but who I am never *excited* to see. Ok with seeing, yes. Excited...eh. Cats are too aloof for me, typically, and sleep far too much:yes:
The barn cats are not happy indoors, or else i'd just bring one inside for a time being and let them do the work.
Even if the barn cats DID want to come inside, chances are i'd feel guilty for kicking them back out in the cold after they had become accustomed to the house, so they'd become indoor cats, which, along with my philosophy that a pet is a pet for life, kind of lead me to the conclusion that I might be better off just going in and adopting a new kitty to be a strictly indoor cat. I'm also concerned that I might end up with a "dud" mouser, and have aquired said "dud" for nothing other than a new friend.
Should I get my mouser? Or is my lukewarm desire to acquire another lifelong committment in the form of a cat reason enough to not go through with it? I know I would be a good cat owner, and would shower affection upon any living creature with four legs (aside from the mice!!) that took up residence in my house, as well as providing all of the necessary kitty health care, but I'm just not sure.
One thing is for sure, the mice have got to go. And another thing is for sure, if we were talking about adopting a new pup, I'd be all over it like white on rice.
Also, apologies to all of the kitty lovers out there. They are nice animals, and I like them, but the dogs are my thing:)