How can I convince my parents to let me have a kitten?

I am buying it with my own money. I have money for supplies, savings for emergencies, and for the cat itself. I have a reputable shelter picked out and I have done a lot of research on how to care for kittens and how to introduce it to the cat and dog we already have. They don’t doubt that I can take care of it, but they are worried they will have to take care of it when I go to college. Help please.

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    5 Responses to “How can I convince my parents to let me have a kitten?”

    1. Kessie Says:

      Will they have to take care of it when you go to college? If that’s the only problem then you just need to show them that you can, maybe find out whether you can have cats wherever you will be living and plan ahead to make sure you’ll have enough money to look after the cat and possibly to pay vet bills. If you can’t take care of it when you go to college and your parents won’t then you probably shouldn’t get one.

    2. John Says:

      my sister got a cat in collage because she was not able to keep the one we have now
      but the thing is if your parent will not let you have a kitten (and they give you food and shelter ) then that just to bad

    3. tigercub1 Says:

      if you are going away to college then it isn’t fair to the kitty or your parents to leave him behind and may want to think about getting one at a later time. if you are staying home then you must promise and keep you word to clean the litter box and feed the cat before and after you get back from school each day.

    4. g8way Says:

      Volunteering for a shelter – I can’t tell you how many times people call us wanting to surrender their pet for this reason or another. The fact of the matter is, when you adopt a pet, it is for LIFE. A cat can live up to 20 years. Are you prepared to take care of that animal for that long period of time? You have to consider the long-term. What’s going to happen to you in 20 years? You’re going to go to college, your kitty can’t come with you unless you have an apartment that allows for cats. You might get married – will your fiance be allergic? Will your first apartment together allow cats? Will you want to have three kids and then decide, after you’ve had them, that you don’t have time for you kitty anymore because you are too busy with your children? If you answered yes to any of these questions – then DON’T GET A PET. I do commend you for choosing to adopt a cat from a shelter, and if you do believe you can care for a cat in the long term, I would encourage you to adopt an adult cat. They don’t get adopted as easily as kittens and are more likely to be euthanized. You could save a life that still has many years to give.

    5. T.J. Says:

      Yes, they will need to take care of it while you are away at college. If they are not willing to do that then you had best not get a kitten. When you adopt a kitten you are commited to take care of it for life.

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