That is the question. I go back and forth about getting a cat. I told Boo a while ago that if we moved out of grandma's house we could get a cat. And we have moved out, but we still have no cat. I love animals. I miss having a cat. My childhood kitty was a snuggler, he always slept right next to me, and would crawl up on my chest and give me kisses in the morning. He was fluffy and huge and lived to be 16. I'm sitting here tearing up a little bit even thinking about him and he has been gone for almost 7 years.
As a kid, I told my Mom all the classic lines. I'll take care of it! I'll clean the litter every day! I'll brush it! And I so totally did..... for maybe a week. Then it was hit or miss and my mom did get stuck with a lot of it. I now hear those same things from Boo. "I'll feed it! I'll take care of it! I'll brush it!" except he is smarter than I was and straight up admits that I will have to clean the litter cause he is not touching that. And you might think that is what gives me pause, but it's not (though it does factor in!).
We like to go see my parents, which means travel. And I know a cat can be left for a few days and be fine, unlike a dog, but I still feel bad. I want a cat that is a cuddly cat, one that likes to be around us and not run and hide. So then I'd feel really guilty to leave it for a few days.
Then there is the cost. The apt requires a $400 nonrefundable pet fee. And it will want food.. and potentially vet visits and all that. I'm honestly not sure we could afford it right now.
But then I have nights were Boo is gone, like over spring break and soon for the summer, and it would be nice to have a cat waiting for me to come home and give me a purring snuggle. It will be interesting to see if I make it through the lonely summer without him. Bets on if I make it?