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I'm reading about how social isolation is very harmful to health, even as much as smoking, and I'm worried (which is unhealthy on its own :)) I've been thinking of getting a pet for a while, probably a cat or two. I am almost certain that a cat would help improve my mood. I look at pictures of cute animals all the time to cheer me up, and always used to play with the family cats when I lived at home.

I guess the reasons I've avoided doing anything about it is that
* I'm anxious about actually going to a shelter and talking to people and finding one
* I'm afraid to make a commitment to take care of it for its whole life. What if I move etc?
* Also I'm not sure what I would do if I go on business trips, etc. I don't have any friends reliable enough that I know they could take care of it while I am gone.

Anyone else get a pet? Did it improve your mood?
 

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Pets WILL improve your mood. Do it. It's not hard to commit to a pet when you're going to love it! I'd say get a cat if you're worried about the commitment. They require less attention and are generally easier to take care of. Just need a litter box (and to clean it), food, water, some love and attention... that's it! Keep your cat indoors if you want it to live. I let mine out with supervision, though some animals CAN be outside alone, I wouldn't recommend it... I've lost too many pets this way as a kid. But going outside might not be an option depending on where you live anyways.

Do it! There are plenty of animals in the shelter that are just waiting for a home (or death :(). I'd say to get a kitten/younger cat though for your first pet, because it'll be easier for both of you to get to know eachother. You'll have to keep it out of trouble for the first year of its life though. There are lots of sweet older kitties out there too though.
 

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I lived completely alone before I got a cat, and once I got the cat I couldn't believe I had been without one for so long. I adopted a grown cat, she was about a year old when I got her, at first she just seemed happy to have a home but after about a year she started to get aggressive and fairly plump. Someone at work was fostering kittens so I choose one of the males and took him home at about 11 weeks. It really only took her about 48 hours to accept the new cat and she's been a lot better since. She's a lot less aggressive with me and she's lost weight and looks fit because they chase each other around all day. If you go away, they are very easy to take care of. If I go away for more than two days I just have a friend drop in on them about halfway through to see how they are doing. Anyway, they really bring life to my apartment and its nice to have the two of them greet me when I get home from work everyday. Yes, there are small annoyances like begging for food at 4am or walking across me as I sleep but thats nothing compared to the joy that they bring. Its also a good way to socialize with other people, if they are animal lovers themselves they'll warm right up to you once they find out you have a pet. I've made a lot of good acquaintances this way.
 

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I want a dog so badly, I looked
throught the entire post your pet thread...
I'm sure getting a kitty will help imporve you mood!
 

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Pets bring unconditional love and I can't imagine not having any because they constantly make me smile :) I adopted both my cats when they were tiny little 8 week old kittens at the local animal shelter...it was pretty much love at first sight haha :) They are such sweeties and of course having a pet is a big responsibility, but its worth every penny and then some for taking care of them because they help to take care of you in a lot of ways. I know that I want to get a dog again too because I always had one growing up, but I really don't have the room right now so I have to wait on that until I move into a bigger place.
 

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I cannot imagine life without my dog. She is like a baby to me; I love that dog so much. She isnt just a "pet"; she is family.

Dogs are more work than cats, need lots of attention, and cost money.

But that is okay; I wouldnt have it any other way. :)
 

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I lived completely alone before I got a cat, and once I got the cat I couldn't believe I had been without one for so long.
That sounds exactly like me. I guess two cats would be a good way to go. Maybe I can email a shelter and talk to them that way instead of going in person.

Now that I think of it, a girl I used to see had a cat, and I think I miss the cat more than I miss her! :D
 

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Get one!!

My dog was my best friend. No matter what, I could always depend on him for a hug and companionship. He was always excited to have me home and would scratch on my door if it was shut until I let him in. He LOVED that I rarely go out! :lol

The only bad thing about pets is that you usually outlive them. :(
 

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* I'm anxious about actually going to a shelter and talking to people and finding one
* I'm afraid to make a commitment to take care of it for its whole life. What if I move etc?
* Also I'm not sure what I would do if I go on business trips, etc. I don't have any friends reliable enough that I know they could take care of it while I am gone.
Going to a shelter is more depressing than anxiety provoking to me and if you move you just have to look for a place that will let you keep your pet. You can usually board your pet at a vet's office if you have to go on a business trip.

The only bad thing about pets is that you usually outlive them.
Yes... this sucks a lot... I miss my dog :(
 

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Pets are wonderful therapy!!! I have parrots and a bunny. My eldest bird was my first pet. Definately recommend for anyone suffering a mental illness.. just do a little research before you take home a life. Find the right pet, know what your in for. Go for it! You'll never look back.
 

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Getting a dog was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I think you'll be happy with cat(s).

The shelter will probably require you to come over in person and fill out a form, but it's really all a formality.
 

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That sounds exactly like me. I guess two cats would be a good way to go. Maybe I can email a shelter and talk to them that way instead of going in person.

Now that I think of it, a girl I used to see had a cat, and I think I miss the cat more than I miss her! :D
or go during the middle of the day on a weekday, there shouldn't be too many people around and you can take your time looking. Maybe ask ahead of time if they have what you are looking for. I know my cat is much happier now that she has someone of her own species to relate to. I think she also revels in the teacher role. He follows her every move and copies her.
Yeah when I started working atmy current job I was really shy and quiet and got a bad rap. As soon as someone found out through small talk that I had a cat they softened a lot and now we talk a lot at work and occasionally hang out.
 

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Yeah when I started working atmy current job I was really shy and quiet and got a bad rap. As soon as someone found out through small talk that I had a cat they softened a lot and now we talk a lot at work and occasionally hang out.
Cool. I thought that only worked for people who walk dogs. :)

Another problem: I'm not able to get the nerve to go to a doctor. How am I going to take a cat to the vet regularly? Sigh. Maybe going to a therapist should happen before getting a pet instead of after.
 

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My two cats are like family to me - they are such good company and they make me smile even when I'm having a bad day. I'm definitely glad that I got two cats at the same time, because I got them as kittens and they had a lot of energy back then, and they could play with each other and keep each other company when I was at school or work.
 

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Once I start living on my own I definitely plan on getting pets. I'm sure I'll have a dog and a parrot. I might possibly get a cat. I want to take things slow though. :lol One animal at a time.

I think living completely on my own would be too lonely for me. I want some type of life around! The sound of the TV just doesn't cut it...
 

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When I got a puppy as a kid we used to take him to puppy preschool classes hehehe :p Such a cute idea. I couldn't do that now but back then I was fine being in a room with all these people but the thing is, its so awesome to see all the little puppies of all sorts of breeds interacting :)

My puppy found a friend and they both walked out of the barrier and headed towards the part of the place that was a pet food shop lol... :p So cute, everyone laughed and thought it was funny ^_^

I'm excited, puppy preschool is a fantastic idea for those who aren't afraid of social interaction.
 

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You can take care of yourself so a cat won't be anything that you can't handle. If you move you can take the cat with you. I think there are places that pet sit while people are away. I know they have them for dogs, but I'm not sure if they do other animals. If you go to an animal shelter the cat will most likely already have all of its shots so you don't need to worry about that.
 

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I say go for it... but with one reservation... are you going to be able to go to the vet yearly or when the pet might need to go? Also if you are getting an adult cat... I would recommend spending some time with it... they usually have a room where you can do this.. and like other have said.. there are pet sitters around... that seems to be a growing thing...
 

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Get a pet!! A cat would be great! ..and im not just saying that because my names "cat buddy" hehe...any who cats purr which give you a fuzzy happy feeling! =3
 

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my dog has been the best source of comfort for the past 3 years for me, better then any pill thats for sure, I love outdoors, so we go hiking every week, he also enjoys jogging with me as well as biking and swimming. He knows when I'm deprssed and always finds a way to put a smile on my face.
Make sure to do some reasearch which pet is most suitable for you, cats are pretty low maintanance but can still be quite affectionate.
 
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