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Is This A Good Idea? - May 13th 2016, 03:37 PM

So recently I've been asking my parents if I can get a kitten and I came up with the idea that I cab download a cat care game. So basically what I have to do is take good care of the cat in the game and based on how I take care of it I can get a cat. Is this a good idea?
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Re: Is This A Good Idea? - May 13th 2016, 09:53 PM

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I think that's a really great idea and will allow you to look after a virtual cat. Although a real cat will need more care, I think it's a great way to see if definitely something you want.

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Re: Is This A Good Idea? - May 14th 2016, 08:41 PM

Having your own cat is a huge responsibility. You've got to prepare to care and look after it for the next 15-18 years. Are you really ready to do that? A virtual game where you care for a pet is not the same, because you can log out after so long. You don't have to worry about physically opening up the can of wet food/bag of dry food, cleaning up after poop in the litterbox, think about vet visits. Sure, you are only twelve, but if you get your own cat your parents are going to expect you to look after it.
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Re: Is This A Good Idea? - May 14th 2016, 10:23 PM

A virtual cat is extremely different from a real one. Clicking buttons to take care of a pet is nowhere near the amount of actual work it takes. Cats are also assholes, even when they're nice. You would need to be prepared to be woken up at night, all the time. Having your wires chewed, and while you can try to prevent it there's really no way to prevent it other than not having wires since you won't be around the cat all the time. While not all cats do destructive or annoying things, you don't get to choose which qualities you want for your cat. Even going to a shelter and getting an older cat, while it'll give a better idea of their personality, doesn't give you a 100% picture of how the cat will behave. Cleaning the litter box is not a fun task, and if you don't do it enough you will get a lot of flies. They scratch furniture, and I've seen research stating that declawing cats does actually hurt them. The other thing is that cats cost money. You need to buy toys, a litter box, cat litter, food, vet bills, a collar. Your parents may also not want to pay for a cat. The cost definitely adds up.

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Re: Is This A Good Idea? - May 17th 2016, 12:02 PM

Kittens are good.
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