This cough . . . totally sexy.
And now, for a mini rant about some of the folks on the cat_lovers
Now, I am thrilled to find so many people adopting, loving, and giving homes to fabulous felines. However, they are a responsibility. They may not be like human children, but like human children they require time, funds, energy, and so forth.
However, I sometimes have the most difficult time keeping my mouth shut on said community.
If your cats aren't fixed and they're urinating all over your apartment . . . you don't say "my roommate is going to force me to get rid of them, what do I do?" You get them fixed. If you can't afford to get them fixed, then you shouldn't have adopted the poor felines in the first place. If you respond to my response with "yeah, I think that's the problem, but we can't afford it at the moment", it's not going to make me feel better about you as a human being.
Instead of posting things like "oh no, the building I'm moving in to won't allow me to have cats - is it worth it to try to hide my precious furbaby?", you make looking for a pet-friendly apartment building a priority. If you had human children, would you decide to rent an apartment that didn't allow them and just go - oops? No, I didn't think so.
If your furballs get sick, you take them to the vet. You don't wait it out for a week to see if things get better because you're not sure you can afford the vet bills. Again, if a human child was crying and throwing up all over the place, or refusing to eat, or some combination of horrible symptoms, would you make said human child just wait and see?
Cats have claws. There are at least a dozen things one can do to encourage kitties not to scratch things they're not supposed to scratch. If you can't deal with the occasional pull in a rug or fabric-covered couch, don't get a cat. That doesn't mean it's time to go get poor kitties knuckles chopped off so you can live in a claw free environment. If that's the case, adopt some fish.
And so on . . .
I just have no patience for that kind of bullshit. I know pets can be expensive. I know they can be time-consuming, stressful, and so forth. But when I adopted both of mine, I made a decision to make them a priority. That means if I need to max out all of my credit cards, rearrange my living situation, live with scars up and down both arms, and so on, for their well-being, then that's what I do. I assume most parents of human children would do the same. And I have a really difficult time with people who adopt animals without similar considerations.
I have the same feelings about parents of human children who don't make the same calculations before deciding it's a good idea to give birth. I almost had a coronary when I heard a mom in my department (she's about my age) say "oh yeah, so-and-so's had that rash for about a month - we're going to take her to the doctor tomorrow," about her 2 year old daughter. Don't even get me started on that topic.
ETA: This rant brought to you by two very spoiled furbabies: